As winter approaches and the air turns dry, those who suffer from seasonal allergies experience a range of unpleasant symptoms: itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, and more. If you’re one of these people, you may have tried alleviating your symptoms with every over-the-counter and prescription medicine available on the market. But have you tried addressing the root of the problems?
Our homes, no matter how clean, are full of allergens. Contrary to popular belief, air pollution isn’t the result of car exhaust or smoke. Common household culprits like mold spores, dust mites, pollen, and pet dander can cause serious symptoms from inside your home. What’s worse, your central heating or cooling systems circulate these allergens through your home in the ductwork. This can lead to persistent discomfort if you or your family members have asthma or allergies. Using an air purifier can help trap harmful pollutants in your home and bring relief from your family’s allergy symptoms.
How Does an Air Purifier Work?
Air purifiers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and models. However, most work by forcing air through a fine mesh filter that traps harmful particles so they can’t recirculate in the air. Most air purifiers have a maximum square footage parameter for cleaning. Small, portable units usually purify the air in one room. The Austin AirBox, on the other hand, works a little differently.
The Austin AirBox filters 500 cubic feet of air per minute, which is about five times more than the average air purifier. You won’t need one for every room – the Austin AirBox cleans the air throughout your entire home. An added antimicrobial membrane kills viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microbes, and the filter captures every airborne allergen, from pet dander to smoke particles.
How the Austin AirBox Helps Indoor Allergies
Think about your home in the winter for a minute. In the spring, summer, and fall, you may have your windows open and a breeze circulating when weather permits. This may let in pollen and other allergens. When winter comes, you shut your windows, and the air stagnates. Not only do you still have outdoor allergens circulating throughout your home, now you’re producing more indoor allergens – like dust mites, pet dander, and (yuck) insect excrement – and it has nowhere to go. It settles into your ductwork, and every time your heat kicks in, it circulates throughout your home. In the winter, your HVAC system is literally blowing things that make your allergies worse into your face. If you come home from work or school and your allergy symptoms go haywire, you have a serious indoor air quality problem.
An effective air purifier works by removing these allergens from the air before they can settle onto furniture household surfaces, or your ductwork. By trapping them in one place, you can breathe easier and finally enjoy some relief from your indoor environmental allergy symptoms.
The right air purifier does more than just remove allergens. It also addresses harmful things that impact your breathing and health. These include:
- Smoke. Even if you don’t have any smokers in your home, you may experience irritation from running a fireplace or cooking. An air purifier can help.
- VOCs. Volatile Organic Compounds are found in paint (particularly older paint), some household disinfectants, and aerosol sprays. Paint will continue to release VOCs even after it’s dry. An air purifier can help trap VOCs and improve your indoor air quality.
- Odors. Your home may take on a musty or moldy odor in the wintertime. An air purifier traps mold, which alleviates allergy symptoms while improving your home’s smell.
Not All Purifiers are Created Equally
There are a lot of air purifiers available on the marketplace. Visit your local home improvement store or peruse online, and you’ll see a dizzying amount of options. Air purifiers make claims from the dubious to the ridiculous, some of which have recently drawn the ire of the EPA. Here are a few things an air purifier can’t do, despite some companies’ claims to the contrary:
- They can’t eliminate the need for household cleaning. Though a quality, whole-house air purifier like the Austin Airbox captures most allergens and dust mites, there’s no substitute for regular cleaning. Keeping on top of dusting can help you maximize your air quality control efforts, as long as you use a microfiber cloth. An air purifier also won’t eliminate the need to empty the cat litter, or tend to other odor-causing tasks.
- They can’t eliminate all viruses and bacteria. Some companies stretch the truth and say that their ultraviolet technology can kill bacteria and viruses. However, UV is not sufficient to kill all viruses. The Austin AirBox has an antimicrobial layer that truly captures and eliminates harmful pathogens.
- They’re not a be-all, end-all solution to your indoor environmental allergy symptoms. Air purifiers are an effective part of controlling your indoor air quality. On the other hand, so is household cleaning, washing your sheets in hot water, using a dehumidifier to control mold growth, and buying dust mite covers for your bedding.
An air purifier can be extremely effective in controlling your indoor allergy symptoms, but choosing the right model for your needs is essential. The Austin AirBox is a high-quality air purifier that works to capture common allergens and viruses throughout your entire home. Unlike other models, you won’t need to purchase a unit for each room in your home, as the Airbox can clean the air in a 2000 square foot home twice per hour. That’s industrial-grade purifying technology for your residential home.
When used in combination with regular household cleaning, dust-mite bedding, and other techniques to control the amount of allergens in your home, air purifiers can be extremely effective. If you’re sick of experiencing itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, and a sore throat every time you walk in your door, it’s time to address your indoor air quality. The Austin AirBox can help relieve your allergy symptoms and make your home a safer and more pleasant place to live.