Air Purifiers for Asthma Relief
To live your best, you need to live in the healthiest indoor environment you can, but common asthma triggers can be found in every home. Triggers can include dust, pollen, pet dander and mold. Removing these particles from your air helps eliminate the source of your asthma.
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Asthma Symptoms and Triggers
Asthma is a condition that affects about 8% of the population which causes a person’s airways to swell while mucus accumulates leading to difficulty breathing. Both children and adults can have asthma, and it’s possible to develop it even if you aren’t born with it. If you or your child has asthma, here are the symptoms you should be aware of and triggers you should avoid if possible: Asthma Symptoms Both children and adults experience the same asthma symptoms: • Shortness of breath • Tight chest or feeling of pressure • Coughing and/or wheezing • Delayed recovery from respiratory illnesses Asthma Triggers Particles in the air can trigger asthma symptoms, and the most common airborne asthma triggers are: • Pollen • Dust • Smoke • Mold • Pet dander Do Air Purifiers Help with Asthma? Air purifiers can help with asthma by trapping airborne particles that trigger asthma symptoms. An air purifier sucks up these irritants so they don’t float around and cause asthma symptoms that make breathing difficult. In fact, Alen True HEPA Air Purifiers with H13 medical grade filters like the BreatheSmart Classic remove 99.99% of airborne irritants and help circulate clean air so you can breathe better throughout the day and at night when asthma sometimes flares up. How to Choose the Best Air Purifier for Asthma When trying to choose the best air purifier for asthma, there are a few factors you should consider: Purifier Type There’s a lot of options for air purifiers, so when shopping you need to make sure the purifier you’re looking at will actually help with asthma and not just pet or cooking odors. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) purifiers are ideal for helping with asthma because they can remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles that are as small as 0.3 microns in size. You may come across electrostatic air purifiers, but these are not recommended because they need to be cleaned regularly (which exposes you to trapped irritants) and they become less efficient over time. Ionizers also come up frequently, but these are more like support systems for other air purifiers and are not sufficient when used alone. Room Size Air purifiers vary in their ability to provide coverage across different sized rooms, so you need to make sure the purifier you’re looking at is equipped to handle the room you want to place it in. For example, an air purifier designed for a small bedroom would likely not be able to completely clean the air for a large living room. Consider the size of the room you want to put an air purifier in, and make sure the coverage area is sufficient to cover that space. You may also want to consider how long it takes to clean the air, as you may want a purifier that works faster in high traffic areas. Noise Some air purifiers are louder than others, which makes a difference if it’ll be suitable for a noisy living room or quiet office setting. Many people who suffer from nighttime asthma also choose to place an air purifier in their bedroom to help them sleep better, but you’ll want to make sure the purifier isn’t loud enough to keep you up. Some air purifiers can be slowed down to operate at a quieter noise level, but some go a step further by emitting soothing sounds. For example, the Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 HEPA Air Purifier operates at a whisper-quiet noise level and emits a soothing pink noise to help you sleep better. Cost There’s a wide range of air purifiers on the market that come at several price points, but realistically you should expect to pay $300-$700 for a quality air purifier that will last. Don’t make the mistake of trying to save a few dollars by buying a low-quality model that will break down in a few months, do your research and invest in an air purifier that will actually help you with asthma and is built to last. If you suffer from asthma and are looking to purchase multiple filters for different rooms, make sure each purifier provides the ideal room coverage. You don’t need to spend $700 on a purifier that covers 1,100 square feet if the room you plan on putting it in is only 700 square feet; checking this will help you get the best value for your money.