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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

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

That’s because our homes are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your energy expenses, it’s not so fantastic if you’re a part of the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outside ventilation is restricted, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could get trapped. As a consequence, these pollutants could worsen your allergies.

You can boost your indoor air quality with fresh air and usual dusting and vacuuming. But if you’re still struggling with symptoms when you’re at your house, an air purifier may be able to help.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have settled on your furnishings or carpeting, it could help freshen the air circulating across your house.

And air purification has also been scientifically verified to help lessen some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It could also be helpful if you or a family member has a lung condition, such as emphysema or COPD.

There are two models, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll examine the advantages so you can learn what’s right for your home.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for a single room. A whole-house air purifier accompanies your home comfort system to purify your complete residence. Some models can clean on their own when your HVAC system isn’t operating.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Go after an option with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and provide the best filtration you can get, as they eliminate 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more useful when combined with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This dynamic blend can wipe out dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are standard allergens. For the best in air purification, evaluate equipment that also has a carbon-based filter to reduce household vapors.

Avoid purchasing an air purifier that makes ozone, which is the main component in smog. The EPA advises ozone may worsen respiratory troubles, even when discharged at small concentrations.

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

  • What can this purifier extract from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A better amount means air will be cleaned faster.)
  • How regularly does the filter or UV bulb need to be changed? Can I complete that on my own?
  • How much do new filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to get the best performance from your new air purification equipment? The Mayo Clinic recommends doing other steps to limit your exposure to things that can trigger seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay in your home and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are heightened.
  2. Have someone else mow the lawn or pull weeds, since these jobs can trigger symptoms. If you are required to do this work on your own, consider trying a pollen mask. You should also bathe without delay and put on new clothes once you’re done.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outside.
  4. Turn on your air conditioner while at your house or while in the car. Consider installing a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s home comfort equipment.
  5. Even out your residence’s humidity levels with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring materials for decreasing indoor allergens. If your home has carpet, use a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Professionals Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

Want to take the next step with adding a whole-house air purifier? Give our professionals a call at 204-728-0180 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you find the best equipment for your needs and budget.

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