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Can Air Filters Help With Allergy Relief?

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Air Filters for Allergy Relief

Dealing with seasonal allergies is frustrating and exhausting no matter what, but in 2020, it has an extra layer of stress. No matter how closely somebody has been following the guidelines to wash hands, practice social distancing, and wear personal protective equipment, coughing and sneezing due to seasonal allergies will cause everybody nearby to look at them accusingly.

There is even more pressure to alleviate the allergy symptoms - not only for personal comfort but to put everybody else at ease, too. In a time when the air itself seems to be the enemy, finding the perfect air filter for allergy relief is a big deal. Read on to learn more about the different types of filters available to help with allergy relief, and overall indoor air quality.

Benefits of HEPA Filters

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. These filters are able to remove over 99% of particles with a specific diameter from the air that passes through the filter. They work by trapping the particles in a web of randomly arranged fibers, usually fiberglass.

While they were developed for laboratory environments, they have become common in both commercial and residential buildings for their efficiency and effectiveness at cleaning the air and removing dust, dirt, and other contaminants and allergens.

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Reputable companies that offer air purifiers with HEPA air filters are:

  • Honeywell
  • Holmes
  • GermGuardian
  • Levoit

Because of the density of the fibers doing the filtering, HEPA filters are not recommended for use in AC or furnaces. Introducing an air purifier into the home with one of these filters is the best way to ensure cleaner air, without sacrificing the efficiency of the HVAC system.

Benefits of Charcoal Filters

Charcoal filters use activated charcoal to remove impurities and odors from the air. The activated charcoal has a special chemical composition that allows it to do this naturally, making it a very popular choice for use in homes around the country. They are especially effective at removing and neutralizing the odors and irritants associated with secondhand smoke.

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Charcoal filters are more versatile than HEPA filters, but there are also HEPA carbon filter options available, or devices that use both types of filters, which even further increases the effectiveness of both. Using HEPA and charcoal filters together ensures the cleanest air possible for those suffering from seasonal allergy symptoms.

Using HEPA Filters Plus Eco Mode

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Using a HEPA filter to clean the air is obviously a great way to alleviate allergies, but running an air purifier 24/7 can use a lot of energy. To save energy, some purifiers have started incorporating an Eco Mode option, which will turn the unit off after a certain amount of time (usually 30 minutes) if no pollutants are detected in the air.

It will continue monitoring the air quality after that, and turn back on when dirt, dust, pollen, or other allergens are detected. This HEPA filter plus Eco Mode smart technology is better for both energy bills and the environment, so users can rest easy while eliminating their allergy symptoms.

About 4 Seasons Heating & Cooling

4 Seasons Heating & Cooling offers 24/7 emergency services for residents in Reno and the surrounding areas. Whether it's AC repair or improving indoor air quality, their trained HVAC technicians can help. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee and unmatched customer service, they are the right choice for your home’s comfort.

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