What is The Best Air Purifier for Allergies?Published on: June 6, 2013
If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, you know that the littlest things can set off serious respiratory attacks. Perhaps you’ve noticed problems with pollen and pollutants in your home and are concerned about whether or not you’ll ever breathe easy again. Thankfully, a professional HVAC contractor can help you find air purification systems that will allow you to breathe clean, healthy air in your home. Consider exploring these solutions if anyone in your family suffers from allergy problems, asthma or COPD.
Does Your Home Suffer from Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a major concern in recent years. Many homeowners are concerned that particle pollutants from outside their homes are undermining IAQ and leading to respiratory problems. Other homeowners are worried about chemicals and organic substances in their own home that make breathing more difficult. It’s important to identify pollutant sources and allergy triggers so that they can be eliminated quickly.
What Causes Poor IAQ?
Homeowners who are concerned about the quality of the air that they are breathing at home often choose to have a professional HVAC technician conduct IAQ testing. During testing, the technician will measure the levels of pollutants in the air. These pollutants cause poor IAQ and can trigger respiratory attacks in individuals with allergy problems. Your technician will test your home’s air for the presence of all of the following:
- Chemical pollutants found in carpets, upholstery and draperies.
- Chemical pollutants found in household cleaning products.
- Pollen, dust and dander.
- Mold and mildew.
- Particle pollutants such as cigarette smoke, car exhaust and smog.
- Carbon monoxide and other noxious gases.
Boosting IAQ to Alleviate Your Allergies
Finding out that your home suffers from poor IAQ can be extremely upsetting. Even if you’ve suspected that the air inside your home is making you sick, you probably didn’t know how many different pollutants were present in the air that you breathe on a daily basis. Thankfully, there are several ways that you can boost IAQ in your home. Your options for controlling IAQ include:
- Removing pollutant sources such as carpets, flowering plants and cleaning products from your home.
- Installing an air purification system that can filter pollutants out of the air.
- Using a ventilation system to encourage the even flow of clean air throughout your home.
Choosing The Right Air Purifiers for Your Needs
Using an air purifier is one of the easiest, quickest ways to boost IAQ in your home. These systems use HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters to remove pollutants. When shopping for an air purifier, you’ll be able to choose from many different styles. Remember that different air filters are designed to handle different problems, so it pays thoroughly evaluate your options.
Take some time to determine your needs before shopping for an air purifier. Think about the specific pollutants that are triggering allergy problems. You’ll need to shop for an air purifier that efficiently eliminates the pollutants that bother you the most. Remember that your HVAC contractor can provide you with targeted information about system options to ensure that you make the best purchasing decision possible.
Room Purifiers vs. Whole-House Purifiers
You’ll also need to think about whether you want to use the purifier in only one room of your house or if you want to use the purifier to handle IAQ throughout your home. Whole-house purifiers are ideal for older homes and for families with multiple allergy sufferers. They are generally integrated with your home’s current heating and cooling systems. Whole-house purifiers can be used with both ducted and ductless HVAC systems.
True to their name, room purifiers are designed to be used in only one room at a time. These systems are ideal for families with only one allergy sufferer or for individuals who tend to wake up feeling stuffy in the morning. Room purifiers are portable and can be placed almost anywhere in a room. They are also ideal for individuals who have allergy problems in their offices at work.
Understanding Air Purifier Filter Ratings
All air purifiers are fit with special filters that help remove particle pollutants from the air. Before buying a purifier, determine what type of filter it uses so that you know what type of replacement filters you’ll need. Residential consumers should look for filters that have earned MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) ratings between seven and 12. These ratings indicate that a filter efficiently removes even very small pollutants from the air.
Evaluating Air Purifier Features
Choosing the right air purifier for your home can improve your quality of life and help you breathe easier. Spend time reviewing an in-depth air purifier buying guide before making a final purchasing decision. Remember that you’ll be able to make the best purchasing decision if you also make a list of your own needs before you start shopping. Making basic determinations about the type or size of system that you’re going to use will help to narrow down your choices so that you can focus on those products best suited to your home.
Working with Local HVAC Specialists
At AC Southeast®, we know that avoiding allergy problems and breathing easy at home is important to you. That’s why we provide handy online tools designed to help you find an HVAC contractor in your local area. You can use our online search feature to find an IAQ professional whom you can trust.