Allergy and Asthma Prevention with a HEPA Air Purifier

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Asthma and allergies are increasing in children.

Coughing, sneezing, congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, headaches and tiredness can be a miserable experience for your child (and for you, too). Untreated allergies can lead to other illnesses such as ear infections and sinusitis, so it’s important to deal with the allergy symptoms while removing the allergens from your child’s environment. A good HEPA or HEGA Air Purifier is essential for allergy and asthma prevention.

Allergens and chemicals that can trigger asthma and allergies include pollen, mold, mildew, animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, smoke, and heavy metals and chemicals in dust. Formaldehyde and other chemical off-gassing from carpets, particleboard, and pressed-wood furniture can also trigger asthma. PCBs and plastics containing phthalates and BPA are also known to increase the risk of asthma.

Allergens can often be worse inside your home than outside, but there are things you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home. See Indoor Air Pollution: How to Protect Your Children

If you or your child are suffering from allergies or asthma, an effective air purifier is important, since it’s designed to remove the tiny particles that trigger an allergic reaction. HEPA filters are significantly better at removing these tiny particles than the ionic and electronic air cleaners.

There are many HEPA air purifier products on the market with a wide range of prices. Be cautious about the cheap ones since they probably won’t do a good job of removing the allergens. With air purification, you certainly get what you pay for.

HEPA filters will do a great job of capturing particles, but not the VOCs. To also remove formaldehyde and other VOCs, (chemical off-gassing) you will need an air purifier with additional technology. Air purifiers with plain activated carbon or granulated carbon are not as effective in removing VOCs.

We did a lot of research before determining that Austin Air and EnviroKlenz air purifiers are the best purifiers for allergies, asthma, and reducing VOC off-gassing in the home. I’ll discuss these both in detail:

EnviroKlenz Air Purifiers

The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System has true certified HEPA filters. In addition, the EnviroKlenz earth mineral technology breaks down chemicals into their elemental parts so they are gone forever. It captures, destroys and neutralizes toxic chemicals and hazardous VOCs, odors and fragrances. It has been validated and tested to be much more efficient than a carbon air purifier. Perfect for allergies, asthma, and people with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS).

A four speed blower on the EnviroKlenz offers the quietest and most efficient air flow on the market.

The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air Purifier with UV Light  does everything that the EnviroKlenz standard model does, with the addition of reducing microorganisms – molds, bacteria, and viruses. Plus the UV model has indicator lights on the power switch that tell you when the HEPA filter and the UV lights need to be replaced.

Austin Air Purifiers

All Austin air purifiers have true certified HEPA filters. The Austin Allergy Machine is great for clearing asthma and allergy irritants – it has High Efficiency Gas Adsorption (HEGA) – a combination of military carbon cloth and true medical HEPA.

For removing formaldehyde and other chemical gases, I recommend the Healthmate Plus. Most homes have a substantial amount of formaldehyde lingering in the air. The Healthmate Plus does an excellent job of removing asthma and allergy triggers, in addition to formaldehyde, and other chemical gases and odors.

The Austin Air HealthMate Plus has 60 sq/ft of true HEPA medical filter medium that removes harmful airborne particles. It also contains 15 lbs. of solid activated carbon and zeolite impregnated with potassium iodide to remove harmful odors & gases. The inch-thick barrier of carbon/zeolite/potassium iodide mix acts like a sponge, scrubbing hazardous gases from the air, before they reach the HEPA paper. There is also a pre-filter that traps larger particles such as dirt, lint & hair.

Austin Air filters are designed to last for 5 years before needing to be replaced. This makes the Austin air filters less expensive to own than every other carbon-HEPA air purifier on the market. You can buy lower quality units at cheaper prices, but the cost of ownership will eventually exceed the cost of owning an Austin air cleaner, and it won’t do nearly as good a job of cleaning your air.

If you or your children have chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma or other breathing problems, try an Austin or a EnviroKlenz air purifier. Try it out and see if it helps. Most people can feel the results within a few days.

16 thoughts on “Allergy and Asthma Prevention with a HEPA Air Purifier”

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  3. I’m curious – what about the impacts of driving in vehicles, especially as hotter weather hits and we crank the AC – is there some sort of filtration (other than built-in cabin filters) that can be utilized? Or just roll the windows down and hope for fresh air?

    1. Good question. I have often wondered the same thing. 2/3 of my children have asthmas and allergies, and I have found prevention is the best key (knowing and avoiding triggers). We have never been able to roll the windows down when we drive because it seems to affect my kids more negatively than the A/C.

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  5. With the Austin air filter do you only change the filter every 5 years? If not, what is the annual/ monthly upkeep for this filter? Thanks!

    1. Jane Sheppard

      Yes, you only need to change it every 5 years. No monthly or annual upkeep so it ends up being less expensive than the cheaper ones where you have to keep changing the filters.

      Jane

  6. Jayme DERRYBERRY

    I thought my 7yr old was suffering from allergies because of her constant running nose, sneezing, cough and fatigue but it is actually her asthma. Her allergist recommending being more proactive with her medications. However after reading this article, a HEPA air filter is a great way to prevent exacerbations that is NOT a medication but a simple preventative measure. I must have one! This could really help my daughter, who rarely has a day when she feels normal. I never would have thought of an air purifier for asthma prevention. Thanks for the information!

  7. How often should you run the air purifier? I want one for my son. We know he has issues with foods and we are just starting to realize the environmental ones as well.

    1. Jane Sheppard

      It’s recommended to run the air purifier continuously to keep the air clean at all times. It doesn’t take much electricity. On low, it’s very quiet and on high the sound is equivalent to a normal conversation.

  8. Having asthma, I understand what this article and have air purifiers throughout my house. Some other considerations to add is keeping the basement dry by using a basement dehumidifier to prevent mold, a well known asthma trigger. Other ways to limit mold: fix leaks ASAP; keep home dry; make specifically that bathroom is kept dry.
    In other areas, do not use strong chemicals around children/folks with asthma. Cleaning needs to be done with natural products or green products. Natural products include: Borax, baking soda, Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide. I found a green, completely safe and biodegradable all around cleaner: Vital Oxide that kills a multitude of bacteria with no harsh odors.
    The best air purifier on the market hands down is the of IQAir NewAddition Health Care Pro Plus. If you want there is also a model with a multiple chemical sensitivity feature. These are expensive but are worth every penny. Austin air purifiers are excellent choices also. However, IQAir sets the standard for air purifiers on the market producing the cleanest air of all air purifiers. That is what asthmatics need.

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    1. A humidifier does nothing to remove allergens and can create more allergy problems since mold, mildew and dust mites flourish when there is high humidity in the home. You also have to be careful with contaminated water sitting in a humidifier. It can release bacteria and fungi into the air. A better way to help allergy and cold symptoms is with nasal irrigation, such as a neti pot.

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