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

That’s since our homes are firmly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is fantastic for your energy costs, it’s not so great if you’re among the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outside ventilation is restricted, pollutants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may get trapped. As a consequence, these pollutants could aggravate your allergies.

You can enhance your indoor air quality with fresh air and usual dusting and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms when you’re at your house, an air purifier might be able to provide relief.

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have settled on your couch or carpet, it could help freshen the air moving throughout your home.

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 could also be useful if you or a loved one has lung trouble, such as emphysema or COPD.

There are two kinds, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll examine the distinctions 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 HVAC unit to purify your full house. Some types can clean by themselves when your HVAC unit isn’t running.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Look for an option with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are used in hospitals and offer the most comprehensive filtration you can buy, as they trap 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more powerful when used with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This mighty mixture can destroy 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 eliminate household odors.

Avoid using an air purifier that creates ozone, which is the main component in smog. The EPA advises ozone could irritate respiratory issues, even when discharged at minor amounts.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has created a list of questions to ask when buying an air purifier.

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

How to Decrease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the {top|most excellent|best] results from your new air purification equipment? The Mayo Clinic advises taking other measures to decrease your exposure to problems that can cause seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay in your home and keep windows and doors shut when pollen counts are heightened.
  2. Have other household members trim the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can aggravate symptoms. If you have to do these jobs yourself, consider using a pollen mask. You should also rinse off without delay and put on new clothes once you’re completed.
  3. Avoid drying laundry outside.
  4. Use air conditioning while at your house or while in the car. Consider adding a high efficiency air filter in your home’s heating and cooling unit.
  5. Equalize your home’s humidity levels with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the best flooring materials for decreasing indoor allergens. If your home has carpet, install a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Specialists Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Ready to take the next step with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our experts a call at 515-450-8739 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you choose the ideal unit for your family and budget.