We spend a good majority of our time indoors. As a matter of fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated being indoors comprises 90% of our time. Although, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times more polluted than outside your home.

That’s since our residences are tightly sealed to enhance energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility bills, it’s not so good if you’re among the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outdoor ventilation is insufficient, pollutants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could get trapped. Consequently, these pollutants may worsen your allergies.

You can improve your indoor air quality with fresh air and routine cleaning and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms during the time you’re at your house, an air purifier might be able to help.

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have landed on your furnishings or carpeting, it can help purify the air circulating throughout your home.

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 appropriate if you or a family member has a lung condition, such as emphysema or COPD.

There are two models, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll examine the distinctions so you can figure out what’s correct for your house.

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 system to treat your entire home. Some kinds can work by themselves when your heating and cooling equipment isn’t operating.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Seek a purifier with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are placed in hospitals and provide the best filtration you can get, as they catch 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more powerful when installed with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This mighty blend can wipe out 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 reduce household vapors.

Avoid using an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the main ingredient in smog. The EPA advises ozone could worsen respiratory problems, even when emitted at low amounts.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has compiled a listing of questions to think over when buying an air purifier.

  • What can this purifier extract from the air? What doesn’t it take out?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A higher number means air will be purified faster.)
  • How frequently 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 get the {top|most excellent|best] results from your new air purification system? The Mayo Clinic recommends completing other measures to limit 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 cut the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can aggravate symptoms. If you are required to do these chores alone, you may want to consider wearing a pollen mask. You should also rinse off right away and change your clothes once you’re done.
  3. Avoid drying laundry outdoors.
  4. Use the AC while at home or while in the car. Consider installing a high efficiency air filter in your residence’s heating and cooling unit.
  5. Even out your residence’s humidity levels with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the best flooring types for reducing indoor allergens. If your house has carpet, use a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Professionals Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

Want to move forward with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our specialists a call at 215-741-5505 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you find the ideal system for your family and budget.