Will a Home Air Purifier Give You Allergy Relief?

When it comes to poor indoor air quality and allergies, one of your best defenses is an air purifier. There are a number of air purifiers on the market – all with their own special abilities to combat the air pollution that makes your allergy symptoms flare up. The interesting thing about air purifiers, though, is that they aren’t quite recognized as medical devices to combat allergies. While doctors might recommend air purifiers for allergy relief, they are still seen as electronic gadgets that are not regulated by a federal agency, thus they can make a lot of claims that might not be entirely substantiated. So, will a home air purifier give you allergy relief? The answer is that it depends on the air filter.

First, it is important to understand how different air purifiers work. Moreover, some air purifiers have been tested to be more effective than others – based on the specific method they use to filter or reduce the amount of indoor air pollutants that cause your allergy symptoms to go into overdrive mode. The most common method that air purifiers use is filtration. Essentially, a small fiberglass filter is used to collect the dust, dander, mold, and other particles that float around the air. The air purifier sucks in the bad air, filters it, and blows out clean air. However, some filters use static charge, light waves, and free radicals that bind onto the pollutants to destroy them.

However, some filters have been known to be more effective than others when it comes to getting rid of the specific particles that cause allergies. The most effective -according to recent studies – is a filtration system that uses a fiberglass filter and circulates the air. Other methods have been known to have a flaw in the technology. For instance, some free radical converter filters leave a chemical smell throughout the room. While this chemical is harmless, it can still be a nuisance.

Yet, there are some air filters that do release traces of harmful chemicals. For instance, some air purifiers come with a number of settings. The more innocuous settings include the different levels at which you want the fan to blow, but some buttons are a little more nefarious. For instance, some purifiers have an “ozone” feature that releases gas into the atmosphere. While ozone is good at reducing the amount of indoor air pollutants, in high doses it can wreak havoc on your throat and lungs, thus affecting your breathing. In small doses and for a limited amount of time, ozone is harmless, but it is still recommended to not get a purifier with this feature.

Will a home air purifier give you allergy relief? Yes and no – and sometimes at a cost. The most effective air purifiers are usually the most expensive, so prepare to make an investment. You might also want to get an air purifier with a permanent filter that can simply be vacuumed out. Air purifiers can also be incredibly noisy, so you want to look for ‘noiseless’ in the description. At the end of the day, if you want an air purifier that will reduce your allergies, you need to go heavy duty.

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