family-enjoying-comfortable-home

Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend lots of time in our homes. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated being inside makes up 90% of our schedule. Although, the EPA also says your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outside your home.

That’s because our homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling expenses, it’s not so great if you’re among the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outside ventilation is restricted, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can get trapped. Consequently, these pollutants can worsen your allergies.

You can boost your indoor air quality with fresh air and usual cleaning and vacuuming. But if you’re still struggling with symptoms while you’re at home, an air purifier might be able to help.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have settled on your furnishings or carpeting, it could help clean the air circulating throughout your house.

And air purification has also been scientifically proven to help lower some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It might also be useful if you or someone in your household has a lung condition, such as 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 figure out 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 works alongside your heating and cooling system to treat your entire home. Some models can clean on their own when your HVAC unit isn’t on.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Go after a model with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are used in hospitals and offer the most comprehensive filtration you can get, as they catch 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more powerful when installed with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This dynamic blend can wipe out dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are general allergens. For the best in air purification, think over equipment that also has a carbon-based filter to eliminate household smells.

Avoid purchasing an air purifier that makes ozone, which is the top ingredient in smog. The EPA warns ozone may aggravate respiratory problems, even when discharged at low concentrations.

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

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

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the best outcome from your new air purification equipment? The Mayo Clinic recommends taking other procedures to reduce your exposure to seasonal allergy triggers.

  1. Stay inside and keep windows and doors shut when pollen counts are heightened.
  2. Have someone else trim the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can trigger symptoms. If you are required to do these jobs yourself, consider using a pollen mask. You should also shower without delay and put on clean clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outside.
  4. Turn on your air conditioner while at home or while you’re on the road. Consider adding a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s home comfort system.
  5. Balance your residence’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the suggested flooring types for decreasing indoor allergens. If your residence has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Specialists Take Care of Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

Want to take the next step with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our experts a call at 702-623-0579 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you choose the right system for your house and budget.

Back To Blog