The constant suffering of allergies can lead to desperation. For the average sufferer this can last the span of a season (3 to 4 months) or year round. Outside the realm of over-the-counter medications and nutrition-based cures the most common go-to is the home air purifier. But do these actually provide any relief?
The truth is that relatively little scientific study has been done in comparison to the food and drug industries’ solutions. The effectiveness of the individual filtration mechanisms are well tested, but how the application of these effects different allergy types is less looked at by in large. This is partially because the wide range of allergen sources that are out there, and partly because unlike pills these is no blood testing, etc that can be measured as a certain barometer.
What we do know for sure is this over 60 million Americans suffer from asthma or allergies. That is roughly one out of five people, meaning that most households have at least one person suffering. At this rate it is important not to overlook any possible solution that relieves the problem. Also, like many such problems a multiple angle fix may indeed be the best solution. Even if having an air purifier in the house isn’t a full solution it may be well worthwhile even if it gives a minor support role in suppressing the issues at hand.
Given that there are both “indoor” and “outdoor” allergies we can look at the problem in a duality. Certain allergy medications fit only one or the other. Meanwhile an air purifier can filter out anything that is floating through the air, be it an indoor or outdoor type allergen. The limitation being of course that this only helps you if you are sitting inside you home, as you can’t very well strap it to your chest as you walk outside. Still even partial relief of better than nothing at all. This is especially true when we look at the fact that we all sleep roughly six to nine hours per day, all presumably in our homes. This somewhat builds the case for the purification of that nine hour period.
When weighing the potential options we can begin by looking at the top end models of air purifiers being sold for the home. Here we see the use of high-filtration hospital grade HEPA materials being used in conjunction with several different layers of filter mechanisms. This use of multiple techniques seems to be the most effective method for lowering exposure to allergens and volatile compounds. Asthma patients in particular have been keen lately in the use of these technologies. So to spite the locational limitations, for many it does seem to have a helpful impact.
One final aspect is the lasting effect of any purifier. In this we take into account the cost per effectiveness. What we notice is that, while the up front price tag may be fairly steep there is one major difference in buying a mechanism than many other treatments such as pills. This is the difference between a one time purchase and a daily regiment. You will encounter a very small daily cost of electricity for running the cleaner, but against even the cost of the cheapest alternative you can swallow it stacks up as quite cheap in the long run. This is somewhat hard to see at first, as an air purifier can easily cost a user several hundred. After a year or two of constant use it’s filtration begins to look dirt cheap.
After examining all of these facts we conclude that the average allergy sufferer would be well advised to at the very least look into the facts. The possible benefits do appear to outweigh the costs of owning the device, and the long term prospect of getting even a small safe haven from your allergy problems are enticing.