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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a good majority of our time inside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approximated being indoors comprises 90% of our days. Having said that, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times more polluted than outside.

That’s since our residences are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility costs, it’s not so great if you’re a part of the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

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

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

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have settled on your furniture or flooring, it can help clean the air traveling around your house.

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 may also be useful if you or someone in your household has a lung condition, like emphysema or COPD.

There are two models, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll go over the differences so you can learn what’s appropriate for your house.

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 unit to purify your entire residence. Some models can work on their own when your heating and cooling equipment 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 find, as they remove 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 destroy dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are standard allergens. For the greatest in air purification, evaluate a unit that also has a carbon-based filter to take care of household odors.

Avoid using an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the main element in smog. The EPA warns ozone might worsen respiratory troubles, even when discharged 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 extract from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A higher figure means air will be freshened more rapidly.)
  • 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 equipment? The Mayo Clinic recommends completing other steps 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 other household members trim the lawn or pull weeds, since these jobs can trigger symptoms. If you must do these chores alone, consider using a pollen mask. You should also shower without delay and put on new clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid drying laundry outside your home.
  4. Use air conditioning while indoors or while driving. Consider adding a high-efficiency air filter in your house’s home comfort equipment.
  5. Equalize your house’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring types for reducing indoor allergens. If your house has carpet, install 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 get an appointment. We’ll help you find the right equipment for your residence and budget.

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