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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated being within a building makes up 90% of our days. Having said that, the EPA also says your indoor air can be three to five times more polluted than outside your home.

That’s since our houses are securely sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility costs, it’s not so good if you’re amid the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outdoor ventilation is limited, pollutants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) might get stuck. As a consequence, these pollutants could aggravate your allergies.

You can enhance your indoor air quality with crisp air and routine dusting and vacuuming. But if you’re still having issues with symptoms when you’re at your residence, an air purifier could be able to provide relief.

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have gotten trapped in your couch or carpet, it may help clean the air moving throughout your home.

And air purification has also been scientifically confirmed to help reduce some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It may also be useful if you or someone in your household has lung issues, like 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 determine what’s right for your residence.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for one room. A whole-house air purifier works with your home comfort system to clean your complete home. Some models can clean independently when your home comfort equipment isn’t operating.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Seek a model with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are used in hospitals and deliver the most comprehensive filtration you can find, as they remove 99.97% of particles in the air.

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

Avoid using an air purifier that creates ozone, which is the primary component in smog. The EPA advises ozone may irritate respiratory issues, even when emitted at minor settings.

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

  • What can this purifier extract from the air? What doesn’t it take out?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A higher amount means air will be freshened faster.)
  • How regularly does the filter or UV bulb need to be changed? Can I finish that by myself?
  • How much do new filters or bulbs cost?

How to Reduce Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to have the most excellent outcome from your new air purification equipment? The Mayo Clinic recommends taking other steps to reduce your exposure to seasonal allergy triggers.

  1. Stay inside and keep windows and doors sealed 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 these chores alone, you may want to consider using a pollen mask. You should also bathe without delay and put on clean clothes once you’re done.
  3. Avoid drying laundry outside your home.
  4. Use air conditioning while indoors or while in the car. Consider using a high-efficiency air filter in your residence’s HVAC system.
  5. Balance your home’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the best flooring types for decreasing indoor allergens. If your house has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Specialists Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Ready to move forward with adding a whole-house air purifier? Give our professionals a call at 605-206-3915 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you choose the right system for your needs and budget.

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