Asthma is an extremely common disease that affects 26 million Americans. It causes inflammation that narrows and restricts air passages, reducing the amount of oxygen reaching the lungs. An air purifier helps manage the symptoms of asthma by removing pollutants and allergens that cause inflammation and asthma attacks from the air. The first step in using an air purifier to assist with asthma is identifying and managing triggers.
- Smoke. Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, and fire cause irritation in the lungs and can trigger an asthma attack. Smoking tobacco causes further damage by creating an excess of mucus and forcing the lungs to work harder than usual to expel the mucus. The best way to manage these irritants is to not smoke and avoid those who do. An air purifier with a Charcoal Based Activated Carbon filter specifically removes smoke particles from the air.
- Dust mites. Dust and dust mites are almost unavoidable. Regular dusting and vacuuming will help manage dust and dust mites. Dust mite covers for pillows and bedding prevents from dust mites from moving in. If dust mites do appear, wash all the bedding in hot water. Use an air purifier in the bedroom to prevent them from returning.
- Pets. Washing hands after petting animals will help lower the immediate effect of pet dander on those with asthma. The best way to manage long-term effects is to put an air purifier near the pet bed or litter box. An air purifier will capture dander, hair, and odor from pets.
- Mold. If mold infests a house, the best way to get rid of it is to have a professional remove it. Mold is dangerous for everyone, not just those with asthma. To keep it from returning, place an air purifier in the places mold likes to grow, such as the bathroom.
Not all air purifiers are equal. Some will improve life for those with asthma, but some won’t do the job as well. Asking a professional for their advice and doing diligent research is the best way to determine the right kind of air purifier for your needs.
- HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA air purifiers capture allergens as small as 0.3 microns in size at least 99.97% of the time. Purifiers that do not meet this HEPA standard won’t capture all of the irritants that can cause asthma attacks.
- Air purifiers that create ozone are damaging to those with asthma. Asthma sufferers should avoid air purifiers such as ozone generators or electrostatic precipitators.
- Someone with severe asthma should consider a whole house air cleaner. A cheaper option is to purchase an air purifier filter to add to the current HVAC system. Those with more money to invest should speak to a contractor about a permanent air purifier HVAC system.
Asthma is a manageable disease with inhalers, medication, and clean air. The home should be a safe place from asthma attacks. Air purifiers are the best way to keep the home allergen free. Consider an AirBox Air Purifier to clean the air in your home and protect you against asthma attacks. AirBox Air Purifier