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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a good majority of our time in our homes. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined being inside comprises 90% of our days. Although, the EPA also has found your indoor air can be three to five times worse than outside your home.

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

When outside ventilation is restricted, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) might get trapped. As a result, these pollutants may aggravate your allergies.

You can enhance your indoor air quality with crisp air and routine housework and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems 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 flooring, it might help freshen the air circulating around your house.

And air purification has also been scientifically proven to help reduce 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 a lung condition, 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 correct for your house.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

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

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Seek a purifier with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are used in hospitals and offer the best 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 mixture can eliminate dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are general allergens. For the best in air purification, consider equipment that also has a carbon-based filter to reduce household vapors.

Avoid using an air purifier that makes ozone, which is the top ingredient in smog. The EPA advises ozone might worsen respiratory troubles, even when discharged at small settings.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has created a listing of questions to consider when getting an air purifier.

  • What can this purifier take out from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A bigger number means air will be freshened 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 Decrease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to have the top performance 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 someone else mow the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can irritate symptoms. If you have to do these jobs on your own, you may want to consider using a pollen mask. You should also shower immediately and put on new clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outside.
  4. Use your air conditioner while at home or while you’re on the road. Consider using a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s HVAC unit.
  5. Even out your house’s humidity percentage with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring kinds for reducing indoor allergens. If your home has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Professionals Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Prepared 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 choose the right unit for your house and budget.

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