We spend a good majority of our time indoors. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined being within a building accounts for 90% of our time. Although, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times worse than outdoors.

That’s because our residences are securely sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so good if you’re a part of the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outdoors ventilation is limited, pollutants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may get stuck. Consequently, these pollutants can irritate your allergies.

You can enhance your indoor air quality with fresh air and regular cleaning and vacuuming. But if you’re still struggling with symptoms during the time you’re at your residence, an air purifier may be able to provide relief.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have landed on your couch or carpet, it could help freshen the air moving around your home.

And air purification has also been scientifically verified to help lessen some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It may also be helpful if you or a family member has lung issues, such as emphysema or COPD.

There are two models, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll go over the advantages so you can learn 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 with your HVAC system to purify your full home. Some types can work independent when your home comfort equipment 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 deliver the greatest filtration you can find, as they trap 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more beneficial when combined with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This dynamic combination can eliminate dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are standard allergens. For the greatest in air purification, consider a unit that also has a carbon-based filter to reduce household odors.

Avoid buying an air purifier that creates ozone, which is the primary component in smog. The EPA cautions ozone could aggravate respiratory issues, even when emitted at low concentrations.

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

  • What can this purifier remove from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A bigger figure means air will be purified faster.)
  • How frequently does the filter or UV bulb need to be switched]? Can I complete that without help?
  • How much do replacement filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the {top|most excellent|best] performance from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic recommends taking other procedures to reduce your exposure to problems that can cause seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay inside and keep windows and doors shut when pollen counts are high.
  2. Have someone else trim the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can irritate symptoms. If you are required to do these chores on your own, you might want to consider wearing a pollen mask. You should also bathe without delay and put on clean clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outdoors.
  4. Turn on the AC while at your house or while in the car. Consider adding a high efficiency air filter in your residence’s heating and cooling system.
  5. Even out 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 house has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Pros Take Care of Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

Prepared to move forward with getting a whole-house air purifier? Give our professionals a call at 301-690-0397 or contact us online to get an appointment. We’ll help you find the right unit for your house and budget.