Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

April 10, 2020

We spend lots of time in our homes. As a matter of fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined being inside makes up 90% of our schedule. Although, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outdoors.

That’s due to the fact our homes are firmly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your energy expenses, it’s not so great if you’re among the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outdoors ventilation is restricted, pollutants including dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) might get trapped. As a result, these pollutants can aggravate your allergies.

You can enhance your indoor air quality with clean air and usual housework and vacuuming. But if you’re still having issues with symptoms during the time you’re at home, an air purifier could be able to help.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have landed on your furnishings or carpeting, it might help purify the air circulating around your house.

And air purification has also been scientifically proven to help lower some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It may also be appropriate if you or someone in your household has lung trouble, such as emphysema or COPD.

There are two kinds, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll examine the differences so you can figure out what’s appropriate for your house.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for one room. A whole-house air purifier works with your HVAC system to purify your full home. Some models can purify by themselves when your HVAC system isn’t running.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Go after an option with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are used in hospitals and offer the greatest filtration you can buy, as they trap 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more powerful when used with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This powerful blend can eliminate dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are general allergens. For the best in air purification, consider a unit that also has a carbon-based filter to reduce household vapors.

Avoid using an air purifier that creates ozone, which is the main ingredient in smog. The EPA advises ozone can worsen respiratory symptoms, even when released at small settings.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has made a list of questions to think over when getting an air purifier.

  • What can this purifier extract from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A bigger number means air will be cleaned more quickly.)
  • How often does the filter or UV bulb need to be changed? Can I do that by myself?
  • How much do replacement filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the most excellent outcome from your new air purification system? The Mayo Clinic recommends doing other steps to limit your exposure to problems that can cause seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay in your home and keep windows and doors shut when pollen counts are high.
  2. Have other household members mow the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can irritate symptoms. If you have to do this work on your own, you might want to consider trying a pollen mask. You should also shower immediately and put on clean clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outside.
  4. Use the AC while at home or while you’re on the road. Consider using a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s HVAC equipment.
  5. Even out your residence’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring kinds for reducing indoor allergens. If your home has carpet, install a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Professionals Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Want to take the next step with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our pros a call at 407-477-6319 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you locate the right equipment for your house and budget.