The Benefits of HEPA Air Purifiers for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers
No matter how hard you try to keep your house clean and sanitized, there are just some things that are in not our hands. Maybe you’ve been through it all trying to control your allergies? You’ve done everything in your power to stop all that sneezing and coughing, but you still can’t find relief?
It’s time to try something that could actually benefit you in the long term, and provide you with the security of a healthy environment in your own home. But do you actually know whether you’re allergic to a certain particle or really have asthma? What are your symptoms?
Airborne pollutants can cause asthma attacks and allergy symptoms. Asthma and allergy sufferers can’t find relief outside because it’s an uncontrolled environment where the harmful pollutants that cause you to react are everywhere. However, inside it’s a different story. With the development of HEPA air purifiers that clean the air of these allergens, you can reduce symptoms and live a normal life.
Asthma, allergies and other related respiratory conditions are more prevalent now than ever before. In fact, a large number of health-related organizations, including both the EPA and CDC, have noted a baffling rise in rates during the extended period since they began monitoring the data. The reason why the increase is so perplexing is that the primary causes, such as air pollution, direct smoke inhalation and secondhand smoke, are all at all-time lows.
Asthma is a chronic illness that now affects nearly 25 million Americans, which is more than 12-percent higher than the rate was at the turn of the century. Fortunately, asthma is controllable, and in most cases, the symptoms are relatively minor if the sufferer manages the triggers and takes any prescribed medications. Nevertheless, even minor suffering due to sensitive, sore, inflamed and constricted airways is a highly unpleasant experience.
Asthma is episodic, and even in the periods between those episodes, the airways are still highly sensitive. That sensitivity causes chest tightness, chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and other difficulty breathing. In addition, like with allergies, it makes the sufferer extremely susceptible to irritants and other triggers, such as dust, pet dander, mold and pollen. Even something as simple as warm, cold, moist or dry air can trigger an attack.
Sometimes asthma sufferers also have allergies, and in these cases, the two conditions will exacerbate each other in a nasty cycle. However, not all allergy sufferers have asthma. That doesn’t mean that their discomfort isn’t severe. Bad allergy symptoms can be just as harsh, painful and discomforting as the worst symptoms during a bad asthma attack. Allergy symptoms can be as simple as a runny nose or it can involve severe shock and be life threatening.
The implication is that indoor air quality may be the culprit. In fact, we know now that poor indoor air quality is far more damaging than previously suspected, and we know that indoor air quality is often quite worse than outdoor air. This is even truer now that they seal new homes so tightly.
As sufferers, we like to think that the enemy is outdoors and that we can just shut ourselves in and then everything will be all right. However, that’s hardly the case and the air we’re breathing inside is making matters much worse. This is troubling when you consider that you likely spend at least 90-percent of your time inside your home. It’s for this reason that asthma and allergy sufferers benefit as much as they do from using a HEPA air purifier.
A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter is a highly specialized type of filter designed to trap airborne particulate matter, which is a leading trigger for both asthma and allergies. A HEPA air purifier is particularly effective at removing dust, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, mold spores and so forth. In fact a HEPA air purifier is so effective that in its standard configuration it extracts 99.97% of all airborne particles down to 0.3-microns in size. To put that into perspective, consider that 0.3 microns is much, much smaller than the diameter of a human air. The EPA, and the American Lung Association recommend frequent air filtration for people with severe allergies and asthma.
It’s important to understand that a certified HEPA filter along with an activated carbon filter are the most powerful filter combinations that pass through strict regulations and attain a certification. That means they efficiently filter out all the particles that could be causing harm, especially to allergy and asthma sufferers.
Asthma and allergy sufferers can’t be exposed to harsh and toxic chemicals such as ozone or negative ions because their airways and lungs are more sensitive than those of an average person. In fact, it can irritate more than help them.
Doing thorough research is the most important thing if you’re purchasing an air purifier. You shouldn’t base your decision on only one or two. Take the time to really understand how purifiers can influence allergens and harmful particles.
Once you find an air purifier that really suits you stick with it and after some time you are guaranteed to see results. When you’re ready to invest in the health and comfort of your family by purchasing a HEPA air purifier, take advantage of the customer service available here at Clean Air Plus.
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- Administration Staff