Do you suffer from allergies, pollen sensitivity, or other sinus and lung conditions? An air purifier is one of the most important measures you can take toward better air quality and health.
Most people spend a significant portion of their day inside, which means that they have extended exposure to triggers that can linger and irritate their allergies. Even otherwise healthy air can be full of air pollutants that can aggravate asthma or allergies. Circulating and removing the air particles that contain those pollutants can really improve the quality of life for people who have allergies or general trouble breathing.
Common Allergy Irritants
The truth is that many things can trigger allergies. There are plenty of elements both inside and outside that can affect allergies. Indoors, the most common are pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, and exposure to latex, cleaning products, or certain foods. Many times, people believe they know what’s bothering them, but it can be more complex than they think. For example, if you tend to have allergy episodes in your friend’s home, you may think it’s just their cat. However, it could be a combination of the cat, their houseplant, dust mites under their couch, and their latest laundry detergent. That makes it really hard to simply eliminate one source that you believe is the problem.
Pollen is one of the most significant sources of irritation for people. Seasonal allergies from pollen are often called “hay fever” and come from a variety of trees, weeds, and grasses. Grasses are the main cause, especially ragweed. People with pollen allergies are often afflicted with a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, and other unpleasant side effects. Though pollen is present outside, it gets inside easily. It’s tracked in on shoes and on clothing, comes into buildings through doors and windows, and is generally a presence that’s hard to avoid when the pollen count is high.
Research Shows that an Air Purifier Can Help
Designed for the specific purpose of improving indoor air quality, air purifiers do a great job of removing harmful or irritating particles. Air purifiers are specifically made to eliminate pollen, dust mites, mold, and many other matters from the air. How does it work? Generally speaking, the air purifier’s fan pulls in polluted air, then pushes the air through a filter or layer of filters to trap the harmful particles before releasing clean air back into the room.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refers to several studies that link the use of air purifiers to allergies and asthma symptom relief. It’s been found that using a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom improved people’s allergic rhinitis symptoms by reducing the concentration of particulate matter and house dust mites in the air. Additionally, studies have noted that air purifiers are a promising therapeutic option for people with asthma triggered by dust mites.
Not All Air Purifiers are Equal
Using an air purifier is better than nothing, but unless you use a high-quality machine, you’re likely not helping as much as you’d hope. Many systems claim to purify the air but without a high-grade HEPA filter inside, they will just recirculate the air, which doesn’t actually remove the pollen or allergens.
Medify offers superior filtration that removes 99.9% of particles down to 0.1 microns. Beyond a standard HEPA filter, Medify is made with True HEPA H13 filters. These filters use a three-layer technology to trap and remove allergens, pollen, pet dander, VOCs, odors, mold spores, virus and bacteria carriers, and more.
You can choose from a variety of units based on coverage area, needs, budget, and other criteria. In addition, the purifiers offer different special features, beyond just removing contaminants. Do you need an added layer of protection with UV light disinfection? If the product is going in a nursery, consider a model with a quieter fan speed and child safety lock. If you need a large unit that's easy to move from room to room, pick a model with wheels like MA-112 and MA-125. Take a look at our product page for a full list of user-friendly features. Reach out to our experts to learn about the best options for your unique needs.