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Asthma and Allergy Air Purifiers Keep Your Home Trigger-Free
Relieve your asthma and allergy symptoms with an air purifier. They remove dirt, dust and pollen from the air in your home so you can breathe easier!
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways, and it is estimated that there are 17 million asthma sufferers in the U.S. alone. Asthmatics suffer from constricted, sore, and inflamed airways that are highly sensitive, and as a result of this sensitivity, exposure to irritants and allergens can often result in reactions in the airways which prevent the lungs from taking in more air.
Some environmental stimulants can trigger asthma attacks, and these can include:
- Temperature changes
- Physical exercise
- Breathing difficulties
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
It should also be noted that asthma and allergies go hand in hand, as many asthmatics often suffer from allergies (though not necessarily the other way around). Allergy sufferers experience similar symptoms as asthmatics, and allergies can be defined as a misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system. Although allergies can develop at any age, the risk of developing allergies is primarily genetic.
Once exposed to an allergen, an allergy sufferer can experience benign symptoms or even life threatening symptoms and they include:
- Runny nose
Not to Worry, HEPA Can Help!
Thankfully for asthma and allergy sufferers, HEPA air purifiers are very effective at controlling particles and allergens such as pollen, dust, and dander. True HEPA filters are composed of a mat of randomly arranged fibers that intercept, impact, and diffuse 99.97% of particulate matter up to 0.3 microns in size.
Here is a list of the most common indoor particles and their respective sizes:
|40 to 300 microns|
|0.01 to 1 micron|
|100 to 2000 microns|
|10 to 30 microns|
|10 to 1000 microns|
|0.001 to 30 microns|
When choosing a home air purifier, these are the features to look for:
- True HEPA filtration - one of the most important features you can look for in an air purifier for homes is one primarily utilizing a True HEPA filter without the use of an ionizer or ozone. Because HEPA air purifiers do not emit any chemicals, they are excellent for those with sensitive lungs such as allergy sufferers or asthmatics.
- Activated Carbon - home air purifiers with Activated Carbon (oxygen-treated charcoal used to trap particulates, gases, and odors) are also ideal for allergy sufferers, and models with both HEPA and Activated Carbon technologies are usually the most effective at particle abatement.
While an allergy or asthma air purifier will not replace the need for medication, it can remove pollutants from the air, reduce the number of triggers in your home, and help alleviate existing allergy or asthma symptoms.