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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a lot of time indoors. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approximated being within a building accounts for 90% of our days. However, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times more polluted than outside.

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

When outside ventilation is limited, pollutants including dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can get captured. Consequently, these pollutants can aggravate your allergies.

You can improve your indoor air quality with crisp air and regular 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 provide relief.

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have settled on your furnishings or flooring, it could help clean the air traveling across your home.

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 helpful if you or someone in your household has lung issues, like emphysema or COPD.

There are two options, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll go over the distinctions so you can determine what’s right for your house.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for one room. A whole-house air purifier accompanies your heating and cooling system to treat your complete house. Some kinds can work on their own when your home comfort unit isn’t on.

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 deliver the greatest filtration you can get, as they remove 99.97% of particles in the air.

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

Avoid using an air purifier that makes ozone, which is the main ingredient in smog. The EPA warns ozone can worsen respiratory issues, even when released at low concentrations.

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

  • What can this purifier remove from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A better figure means air will be purified more quickly.)
  • How often does the filter or UV bulb need to be replaced? Can I finish that on my own?
  • How much do spare filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the top results from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic suggests doing other measures to reduce your exposure to things that can trigger seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay in your home and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are high.
  2. Have someone else mow the lawn or pull weeds, since these jobs can aggravate symptoms. If you must do these jobs on your own, you may want to consider wearing a pollen mask. You should also rinse off right away and change your clothes once you’re completed.
  3. Avoid stringing up laundry outside your home.
  4. Use air conditioning while indoors or while driving. Consider adding a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s heating and cooling system.
  5. Balance your home’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the suggested flooring materials for lowering indoor allergens. If your residence has carpet, use a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Specialists Take Care of Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

Want to progress with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our professionals a call at 918-682-8238 or contact us online to get an appointment. We’ll help you choose the best equipment for your house and budget.

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