For some, allergies are seasonal and symptoms fade when contact with the irritant stops. For others, allergies are ongoing because the triggers are indoors and never go away. Regardless of whether your allergies are acute or chronic, a HEPA (or high efficiency particle arresting) air purifier can alleviate allergy symptoms, and here are 5 ways that it can spell relief for you throughout the year.
Constant Filtration– Probably one of the most important keys to successfully dealing with allergies is consistently doing those things that work for you. Filtering indoor air 24 hours a day is the ultimate in consistency because irritants that trigger your symptoms never have a chance to build to a level that would cause symptoms to flare. And once you plug the cleaner in, it’s one less thing you have to remember. The only way you’ll be reminded that you are filtering your air is by how good you feel around the house.
Can Remove Particulates– The designation– high efficiency particle arresting air purifier– pretty much says it all. It has a 99.97% success rate at removing fine, sub-micron size particulates down to .3 microns. What does that really mean to you around the house? Here are some normal household pollutants with their micron size in parentheses-households dust (10 to .001), dust mites fecal matter (15 to 2), pet dander (10 to .5), mold and mildew spores (10 to 100), human hair (30 to 100), pollen (8 to 100), bacteria (20 to .3, lint (10 to 100), and viruses (.05 to .002), and wood smoke (3 to .007). Filtering your air removes a huge number of triggers that are practically unavoidable indoors. Cleaning the air prevents your body from constantly fighting off these airborne triggers allowing you to rest physically and emotionally.
Can Remove Odors– An efficient allergy air purifier will contain a combination of filters that will not only remove particulates but odors as well. Having a filter within the cleaner that targets odors means that in addition to airborne particulates, you can expect it to remove tobacco smoke and volatile organic chemicals that are triggers for those who are chemically sensitive.
Can Remove a Combination of Irritants-Having a variety of filters all in one purifier means you can remove a large variety of pollutants. And since it is nearly impossible to pinpoint exactly every pollutant that may trigger your allergies, knowing that your air is being cleared of 99,997 out of every 10,000 pollutants as small as .3 microns (which is what a HEPA air purifier does) is a great assurance to have.
Is Compatible with Any Management Plan– If you have seen an allergist to help you manage your allergies, you are probably using a variety of tools, including medications, as part of your management plan. The great part about the right HEPA allergy air purifier is that it is a non-evasive and pro-active tool that greatly enhances any plan for effectively dealing with allergies.
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