For allergy sufferers, every time of the year comes with challenges… spring pollen, autumn leaves, year-round pet dander. While air purifiers with True HEPA filters are often recommended to reduce allergy symptoms, no purifier can actually cure your allergies. So, what use is an air purifier in helping make life easier for allergy sufferers?
Let’s take a look at some common allergens and what an air purifier can do to minimize their impact on your health.
As much as you love your furry friends, they are often the cause of your sniffles and sneezes. Pets are constantly shedding their fur and pet dander which then floats all over the house, causing allergic reactions.
An air purifier with a HEPA filter is 99.95% effective at removing particles down to .1 microns, meaning that dander and other allergens your pets bring in will be removed from your indoor air.
If odors are a concern, look for a purifier that combines HEPA protection with an activated charcoal filter.
Changing of the Seasons
As much as we may look forward to the changing of the season, seasonal allergies can cause a lot of misery. Unfortunately, nowhere is completely safe from allergens. Pollen can enter your home through doorways, windows, or even on your clothing. To make matters even worse, pollen season is lengthening and intensifying due to climate change.
Fall can also aggravate allergies because the cooler weather encourages you to turn on the heat to warm up and your heating system may have mold or dust in the system.
Fortunately, a good air purifier can remove up to 99.95% of the pollutants in your air, making your home an oasis of easy breathing.
Regular Cleaning Has Its Ups And Downs
As important as it is to keep your home clean, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning and air quality
Stirring up Dust
Every time you clean, you are kicking dust up into your air, potentially triggering more allergic reactions. One way to help reduce the dust in your air is to vacuum immediately after dusting and cleaning surfaces.
Many of the items we use to clean our homes are actually putting pollutants into our indoor air.
Cleaners, sterilizers, and disinfectants all emit a variety of dangerous chemicals (known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs)including isopropyl alcohol and acetone into your home air.
When these VOCs waft into your air, they can interact with other chemicals to produce harmful ozone and even PM2.5.
PM2.5 are microscopic particles suspended in the air that can cause an array of serious health problems and even premature death.
There’s nothing like a fresh scent to give your home that just-cleaned feeling. Unfortunately, the “clean, fresh” smell that air fresheners emit contains a cocktail of potentially hazardous air pollutants that can lower your air quality. Even so-called green and organic air fresheners can release hazardous air pollutants.
In fact, air fresheners are so toxic that their emissions can even affect outdoor air quality and contribute to photochemical smog.
How An Air Purifier Can Help
Air purifiers with HEPA filters are able to remove at least 99.95% of dust, pollen, pet dander, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns. Check out aeris’s aair 3-in-1 Pro to help reduce your allergies.
The aair 3-in-1 Pro uses a HEPA 13 filter embedded with 2 lbs of activated carbon to filter out 99.95% of ultra-fine particles at 0.1 microns. meaning that both harmful particulate matter and chemicals will be removed from your air. It is most effective for rooms up to 1500 sq ft in size.