We spend lots of time inside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined being indoors comprises 90% of our days. Although, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times more polluted than outside.
That’s since our houses are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so great if you’re amid the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.
When outside ventilation is limited, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) might get stuck. Consequently, these pollutants might irritate your allergies.
You can boost your indoor air quality with fresh air and usual housework and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms while you’re at your residence, an air purifier might be able to help.
While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have landed on your furniture or carpeting, it can help clean the air moving around your residence.
And air purification has also been scientifically proven to help lessen some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It can also be appropriate if you or a loved one has a lung condition, like emphysema or COPD.
There are two models, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll discuss the differences so you can figure out what’s appropriate 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 alongside your home comfort equipment to clean your entire house. Some models can work by themselves when your HVAC unit isn’t running.
What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?
Look for a model with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and offer the best filtration you can get, as they catch 99.97% of particles in the air.
HEPA filters are even more beneficial when used with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This powerful mixture can wipe out dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are general allergens. For the greatest in air purification, evaluate a unit that also has a carbon-based filter to reduce household odors.
Avoid using an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the main element in smog. The EPA warns ozone can worsen respiratory symptoms, even when released at low settings.
The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has compiled a list of questions to think over when purchasing 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 higher amount means air will be cleaned more quickly.)
- How often does the filter or UV bulb need to be replaced? Can I do that without help?
- How much do replacement filters or bulbs cost?
How to Decrease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Want to have the best outcome from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic recommends doing other steps to reduce your exposure to problems that can cause seasonal allergies.
- Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are high.
- Have other household members trim the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can trigger symptoms. If you must do these chores alone, consider trying a pollen mask. You should also shower right away and put on clean clothes once you’re completed.
- Avoid stringing up laundry outside your home.
- Use air conditioning while indoors or while driving. Consider installing a high-efficiency air filter in your residence’s heating and cooling unit.
- Even out your residence’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
- Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring types for reducing indoor allergens. If your residence has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.
Let Our Pros Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
Prepared to take the next step with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our experts a call at 952-373-0377 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you find the right unit for your residence and budget.