We spend lots of time inside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approximated being inside comprises 90% of our time. Although, the EPA also says your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outside.
That’s since our houses are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is great for your utility expenses, it’s not so great if you’re a part of the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.
When outdoors ventilation is limited, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may get stuck. As a result, these pollutants might worsen your allergies.
You can enhance your indoor air quality with clean air and routine housework and vacuuming. But if you’re still struggling with symptoms when you’re at your house, an air purifier may be able to provide relief.
While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have gotten trapped in your furnishings or carpeting, it can help purify the air circulating across 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 may also be useful if you or a family member has lung issues, such as emphysema or COPD.
There are two options, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll go over the differences so you can determine what’s right for your home.
Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers
A portable air purifier is for a single room. A whole-house air purifier works with your home comfort unit to purify your entire home. Some kinds can purify by themselves when your home comfort equipment isn’t running.
What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?
Seek a purifier with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and offer the greatest filtration you can find, as they eliminate 99.97% of particles in the air.
HEPA filters are even more beneficial when used with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This dynamic combination can eliminate dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are general allergens. For the ultimate in air purification, think over a unit that also has a carbon-based filter to take care of household smells.
Avoid getting an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the main ingredient in smog. The EPA cautions ozone could irritate respiratory troubles, even when emitted at low settings.
The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has compiled a checklist of questions to ask 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 higher amount means air will be purified faster.)
- How often does the filter or UV bulb need to be replaced? Can I do that without help?
- How much do new filters or bulbs cost?
How to Decrease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Want to get the most excellent performance from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic advises doing other measures 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 mow the lawn or pull weeds, since these jobs can trigger symptoms. If you must do these jobs alone, consider trying a pollen mask. You should also rinse off without delay and put on new clothes once you’re done.
- Avoid stringing up laundry outside.
- Use the AC while at home or while you’re on the road. Consider installing a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s HVAC unit.
- Even out your residence’s humidity levels with a whole-house dehumidifier.
- Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the suggested flooring kinds for decreasing indoor allergens. If your house has carpet, install a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.
Let Our Specialists Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements
Ready to move forward with adding a whole-house air purifier? Give our specialists a call at 224-412-8308 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you find the best system for your home and budget.