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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend lots of time inside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated being indoors accounts for 90% of our schedule. However, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outside your home.

That’s because our residences are firmly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling bills, it’s not so fantastic if you’re a part of the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outdoors ventilation is restricted, pollutants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could get trapped. Consequently, these pollutants could irritate your allergies.

You can improve your indoor air quality with fresh air and routine dusting and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms during the time you’re at your house, an air purifier could be able to help.

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have settled on your couch or carpet, it could help freshen the air circulating across your residence.

And air purification has also been scientifically verified to help reduce some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It can also be useful if you or someone in your household has lung trouble, including emphysema or COPD.

There are two models, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll examine the differences so you can learn 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 accompanies your home comfort equipment to purify your complete house. Some types can clean by themselves when your HVAC unit isn’t running.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Look for a purifier with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and offer the greatest filtration you can buy, as they catch 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more useful when combined with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This mighty blend can destroy dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are common allergens. For the greatest in air purification, consider a system that also has a carbon-based filter to reduce household vapors.

Avoid purchasing an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the main component in smog. The EPA cautions ozone can worsen respiratory problems, even when emitted at low amounts.

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

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

How to Reduce Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to have the best results from your new air purification equipment? The Mayo Clinic recommends doing other steps to reduce your exposure to problems that can cause seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay in your home and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are elevated.
  2. Have someone else cut the lawn or pull weeds, since these tasks can aggravate symptoms. If you have to do these jobs yourself, consider trying a pollen mask. You should also shower without delay and put on clean clothes once you’re completed.
  3. Avoid stringing up laundry outside your home.
  4. Turn on your air conditioner while indoors or while in the car. Consider adding a high-efficiency air filter in your house’s HVAC system.
  5. Balance your residence’s humidity levels with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the suggested flooring materials for decreasing indoor allergens. If your residence has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Professionals Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

Want to progress with adding a whole-house air purifier? Give our professionals a call at 308-995-8177 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you find the best unit for your house and budget.

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