If you have allergies, you don’t need sunshine and warm temperatures to tell you it’s summer. Allergy symptoms can be so bad in summer, sufferers often stay inside like it’s winter outside.
But indoor air quality can be as bad as outdoor air, unless you find away to remove dust and pollen particles from the air. And that quest leads to a question we often get in the summer: ‘do air purifiers help with allergies?’.
How Air Purifiers Help with Summer Allergies
The sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and runny nose you experience in summer air triggered by airborne particles called allergens. There are more types of allergens, and more of each allergen, in the air in summer.
Summer allergens include plant pollen, mold spores, air pollution, ragweed spores, and more. Fortunately, most of the allergens are airborne. That means all you need is an indoor air filtration system that effectively removes them from the air.
HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters use a fine mesh to trap particles, include pollen, dust and pet dander, as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. HEPA filtration is effective, but the filters are very dense. So much so that they can have an obstructive affect on your HVAC system. This can include air pressure drops that can interfere with home comfort.
However, air purifiers, especially those with less obstructive MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) filtration systems, including the Infinity® Air Purifier, can offer similar air cleaning as true HEPA filters, but without additional system stress and operating costs.
When you are choosing and air purifier for allergies, they need to do more than just improve indoor air quality. They must be rated to remove a significant amount (95% of particles) of indoor allergens to offer the kind of relief you need to get more fun and enjoyment out of your summer.
To learn more about air purifiers, check out our article “Should You Buy an Air Purifier?”.