Can Home Air Filters Help With Fall Allergies?
Approximately 4.6 million Australians have allergic rhinitis (also known as fall allergy, pollen allergy or hay fever). That’s 19 per cent of the total population in Australia that is suffering from a runny and itchy nose, constant sneezing, irritable, watery and red eyes, as well as an itchy throat and roof of the mouth.
The best way to deal with fall allergies is to minimise one’s exposure to allergy triggers like dust mites, pollen and pet dander. Unfortunately, the weather won’t always guarantee you that. There are certaintimes of the year when the amount of pollen in the air sharply increases, thereby increasing the likelihood of an allergy attack.
The good news is that there have been technological advancements, such as air purifiers, that help us breathe clean air.
Types of Air Purifier
Air purifiers differ according to their features or filters. Let’s get to know each of them to find out which is best for your allergic rhinitis.
1. HEPA Filter
HEPA filter purifiers with HEPA filters remove particles from the air using fibrous media.
2. Carbon Filter
Carbon filter purifiers remove gases, including volatile organic compounds that are commonly released from household cleaning products and paints, using activatedcarbon.
Ioniser purifiers use a high-voltage wire or carbon brush to remove particles from the air, wherein the negative ions interact with the air particles, causing them to be attracted to the filter.
4. Electrostatic Precipitation
Electrostatic precipitation purifiers work the same as the ioniser type. They also have a wire to charge particles, attracting them to the filter.
5. Ultraviolet (UV) Germicidal Irradiation
Purifiers that use ultraviolet light inactivate the microbes to purify the air.
6. Photoelectrochemical Oxidation
This air-purifying technology uses a photoelectrochemical reaction to remove and destroy air pollutants.
Which Type of Air Purifier is Best For Your Allergic Rhinitis?
Air purifiers with HEPA filters, UV air filters and ion filters are just some of the types that can help you if you have allergic rhinitis. These filters are quite good at removing dust, pollen, dander and moulds, which are the most common triggers of allergic rhinitis.
Using air filters for your home is an effective way of lessening the number of airborne allergy triggers that are commonly found inside your home. Without such air filters, these airborne allergy triggers remain around your home and increase the likelihood of an allergy attack. On the other hand, when a HEPA, UV or ion air filter is in place, it can capture some of these allergens, thereby minimising your exposure to your triggers.
However, HEPA air purifiers can only do so much. They only clean the air. Remember that there are also particles found in your home that are not airborne, such as those in your rugs, beddings and drapes. So, make sure to always clean your home to get rid of the source of your triggers.
Also, keep in mind that air purifiers must be properly maintained. Just like any other filter, a home air filter can be filled up with the most undesirable dander and substances, which result in blockages. This may reverse its purpose of purifying the air.
If you’re planning to purchase a HEPA air purifier, consider the amount of space where you will place your device. Check if the purifier you plan to buy can cover the entire area
How Does the RENSAIR HEPA Air Purifier Work?
A RENSAIR HEPA air purifieruses a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which is a type of mechanical air filter that forces the air through a fine mesh that traps the air particles.
With this air cleaner, the purifier sucks the air surrounding the purifier from the top inlet perforations. The air then travels through the removable prefilters located at the top of the machine, catching and trapping the larger airborne particles. This prefiltered air is pushed down by a fan into the H13 HEPA filter, which is located in the middle part of the machine. When the air hits the HEPA filter, smaller airborne particles, including bacteria and viruses, are then trapped on its inner surface. Meanwhile, the UVC light from the lamp at the centre of the machine illuminates the entire filtration area, breaking down the DNA and RNA of the trapped pathogens. Afterwards, purified air then travels out of the machine from the lower perforations.
RENSAIR: The World’s Best Air Purifier
Air filters will help your home’s HVAC system in fighting fall allergies. If you want the best brand of air filters, choose RENSAIR.