Allergies can occur in any season and not just during spring. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to alleviate their symptoms at home. One is to minimize the allergens in your indoor air, such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold.
Homeowners often ask if running an air purifier can help relieve allergies. A trusted HVAC installation company answers this question.
Air Purifier vs. Allergies
Filtration is one of the most common ways air purifiers clean indoor air. It involves drawing air through the equipment’s filter and catching contaminants. Ionization, activated carbon filtration and ultraviolet light are other features an air filter could have.
How well an air purifier can help alleviate allergy symptoms depends on the technologies it possesses and the allergens you are dealing with. You want to invest in an air purifier with features designed to catch, minimize, and eliminate airborne allergens.
What to Look for in an Air Purifier
You can always ask an experienced HVAC service provider if you’re unsure which air purifier to get. They could recommend two types of air purifiers — one with a mechanical filter and another with an electronic filter. An air purifier with mechanical filters pushes air through a screen that traps particulates like allergens. If you are interested in this equipment, choose one with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This filter can capture around 90% or more of particles at least 0.3 microns in size.
Air purifiers with electronic filters require electrical charges to capture allergens. The best type of electronic filter available today is electrostatic precipitators. Avoid air purifiers with ozone generators and gas phase filters. There isn’t enough evidence that ozone generators can eliminate airborne contaminants. On the other hand, gas phase filters can only remove odors and non-particulate pollution. It means they won’t do anything to alleviate fall allergies.
At ACS Air Conditioning Systems, we can help you choose the ideal air purifier for your home and needs. You can also count on us for quality HVAC repairs and installation. Call us at (925) 676-2103 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.