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

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

When outdoors ventilation is insufficient, pollutants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can get captured. As a consequence, these pollutants can irritate your allergies.

You can improve your indoor air quality with fresh air and usual dusting and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms while you’re at your house, an air purifier may be able to provide assistance.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have settled on your furnishings or carpeting, it could help freshen the air traveling across your home.

And air purification has also been scientifically confirmed to help lower some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It may also be useful if you or a loved one has lung issues, like emphysema or COPD.

There are two kinds, 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 residence.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for a lone room. A whole-house air purifier works with your HVAC equipment to purify your entire home. Some models can clean on their own when your heating and cooling equipment isn’t running.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Seek an option with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and deliver the best filtration you can find, as they trap 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more beneficial when installed with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This powerful mixture can eliminate dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are common allergens. For the ultimate in air purification, consider a system that also has a carbon-based filter to eliminate household vapors.

Avoid getting an air purifier that creates ozone, which is the primary ingredient in smog. The EPA warns ozone might aggravate respiratory issues, even when discharged at small concentrations.

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

  • What can this purifier extract from the air? What doesn’t it extract?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A better figure means air will be freshened faster.)
  • How frequently does the filter or UV bulb need to be replaced]? Can I do that on my own?
  • How much do new filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the {top|most excellent|best] results from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic suggests doing other measures to limit your exposure to problems that can cause seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors shut when pollen counts are high.
  2. Have other household members mow the lawn or pull weeds, since these jobs can worsen symptoms. If you have to do these jobs alone, you may want to consider wearing a pollen mask. You should also shower without delay and put on clean clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid drying laundry outside your home.
  4. Turn on your air conditioner while at home or while in the car. Consider using a high efficiency air filter in your house’s HVAC unit.
  5. Balance your home’s humidity percentage with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring kinds for reducing indoor allergens. If your home has carpet, install a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Professionals Handle Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

Prepared to progress with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our experts a call at 419-465-8722 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you find the ideal equipment for your family and budget.