If you are struggling with allergies, you may be looking for ways to improve your symptoms. You may want to try using an air purifier in your home. If you've never used an air purifier before, you may wonder how effective they are and what types of allergens it can remove. Read on to learn more about air purifiers and how they could help your situation.
What Allergens Can Air Purifiers Remove?
Every air purifier is different, so you will have to contact different manufacturers for specifications, but in general, air filters can remove:
- Dust particles
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
While your home's HVAC system also uses filters, air purifiers tend to have denser, stronger filters. Some use high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA), which are incredibly beneficial to allergy sufferers since they can capture incredibly small particulates. Other air purifiers may contain absorbents, like activated carbon, which can filter VOCs more efficiently, and some may use UV light components to destroy mold or bacteria.
What Do Studies Say?
More studies need to be conducted, but one study found that air purifiers were promising therapeutic options for patients with asthma. Another study found that when participants used an air purifier consistently, they were able to reduce the nasal and ocular symptoms of their allergies. Again, purifiers with HEPA filters could be extremely beneficial to some allergy sufferers, as one study found that these purifiers could help patients with allergic rhinitis reduce their medication usage.
What Type of Filter Works Best for People with Allergies?
There isn't a one-size-fits-all air purifier for people with allergies—many types of air purifiers can work. The type of air filter you get really depends on which type of allergen triggers you want to remove, whether you want a local or whole system air purifier, and whether you want a passive or an active purifier.
For instance, if you only have one area of your home that is really prone to mold—like a bathroom or a basement—then you may want a local system. If you have pets that leave dander everywhere, then you may want to install a whole-house air purifier.
If you have a larger budget and want to eradicate multiple allergens, you may want to invest in an active air purifier over a passive one. With passive air purifiers, allergens have to enter the system in order to be neutralized. With active systems, chemical compounds are released into the air to neutralize pathogens and other airborne contaminants.
Reach out to a medical equipment supplier in your area to learn more about Puradigm air purifiers.