Well, it is that special time of year. And no, we are not talking about Christmas or College Football season. It is allergy season. Pollen seems like it is taking over. And if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you might have pondered if there is anything you can do besides knock yourself out with Benadryl to help ease your symptoms. If you are, here is some good news: there is. While you can’t magically make the pollen and other allergens go away
or stay cooped up in a bubble all Spring, you can at least do something about the quality of air in your home and environment.
While there are several options for air purification and filtration available, medical experts agree that they will not do much to help without making other changes in your environment. An article on WebMD (link: https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/do-you-need-an-air-filter) suggests minimizing your exposure to other airborn allergens in your home through such means as avoiding having carpet floors, keeping dogs and cats outdoors and off furniture so as to cut down on pet dander, and making sure that you clean and change your air filters and ducts at the beginning of each season (although, we would recommend changing your air filter at the beginning of every month. It prevents dust buildup from freezing up your unit and saves on your energy bills by keeping the air from working hard overtime to get your home comfortable). Some of these solutions seem like common sense, but a recent survey showed that 47% of people do not regularly change their air filters regularly, and even more shocking, 54% of people falsely assume that if their air filter looks clean that it does not need changing. (source: https://www.achrnews.com/articles/129256-april-1-2015-americans wrongly-assume-indoor-air-is-less-polluted-than-outdoor-air)
While air cleaning systems are not 100% effective, they still can be a help in easing your seasonal and year long allergy symptoms. There are 5 different types of air filter. There are mechanical, electronic, hybrid, gas phase, and ozone generating filters. You can reference the article from WebMD for what the differences are and what they do. The best is the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. Here is another helpful article from WebMD we found that gives more details on HEPA and its standards and benefits: https://www.webmd.com/allergies/hepa-filters-for-allergies.
Obviously, air purification will help ease your allergy symptoms to a degree. But after doing a little digging, we found an interesting article from huffington post outlining even more benefits to investing in an air purifier, such as reduced exposure to airborne viruses such as the flu and various bacteria, residual cigarette smoke that has been known to contribute to cancer, etc. We won’t list all the benefits, but to read them for yourself as well as see some suggestions on good systems, here is a link to the article from HuffPost: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-miller/the-surprising-benefits o_b_11151232.html.2
Hopefully, you have found this blog to be helpful and that you can find ways to breathe more easily in your home year-round!