Airborne pollutants and particles are the most the most common causes of allergic reactions and include everything from naturally occurring substances like pollen to synthetic chemicals such as polyvinylchloride. These reactions can be nothing more then a few sniffles or runny nose, hay fever, or a more serious reaction such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity that can seriously debilitate its sufferer.
So what can an allergy sufferer do to reduce their reactions to these allergens? Quite a lot actually.
The first thing to do is indentify what is causing the reaction then making a plan to deal with the issue. For instance many people have reactions and symptoms from substances that are released from many different types of materials. Carpet is a major culprit in many homes so removing the carpet eliminates the source of the problem. The point is to reduce the allergic person's exposure to those things that cause their reactions.
Another contributor to in home allergy problems is a dirty HVAC system. This is particularly true in older homes where dirt, dust, and pollen have built up in the duct system over the years. Every time the HVAC system turns on it re-circulates these substances into the air causing problems for allergy sufferers. Changing or upgrading the filters in the system and getting the ducts cleaned are the best way to deal with this issue.
An air purifier is also a good way to deal with airborne allergens and will work best when used in conjunction with removing allergy causing items from the home. The type of air cleaner needed will depend on the pollutant that needs to be filtered.
For airborne particulates such as pollen a HEPA filter or electrostatic filter are the best choices. HEPA air cleaners are very efficient removing over 99% of the particles that pass through it. Electronic filters are slightly less efficient but are easy to clean; just put it in the dishwasher once a month or rinse it off and its good to go.
For airborne chemicals that are released from synthetic materials and household cleaners a media such as activated carbon should be used. As these chemicals a drawn across the carbons surface they adhere to it leaving the re-circulated air fresh and clean. There are other compounds that are able to target more specific chemical pollutants so it is a good idea to thoroughly research which will work best.
Bacteria, viruses, spores, and other microorganisms are also contributors to allergy symptoms. These are dealt with via a UV (Ultraviolet) light filter that neutralizes or kills the organism rendering it harmless.
Combining these different air filtering technologies will render the best results in the fight against airborne allergens. These are particularly efficient when added to a homes HVAC system creating a whole-home air purification system. Doing this and removing those item that are contributing to the problem can go a long way towards relieving the symptoms of allergy sufferers.
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