Great Tips for Allergy Season

Mar 3, 2024 | Health & Well-Being

Great Tips for Allergy Season
It’s almost that time of year for so many of us. Perhaps you suffer from seasonal allergies, need something in your home to help you along. Or maybe your family, grandchild or even friends who come over may need a little assistance in order to achieve clean air and good breathing. The biggest helper for those struggling to allergies has to be the air purifier. It can help make inhales and exhales easy-breezy! The portable appliance purges tons of irritants such as dust, pollen, and bacteria. Fewer sniffles and itchy throats aside, maintaining indoor air quality may help stave off respiratory conditions, heart disease, and even cancer long term!

To make sure you score all these wonderful benefits of an air purifier, assess your needs so you can get the most from your machine!

Only go for the Gold Standard- That would be the HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. It can remove 99.97 percent of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, per the EPA.
That includes many allergens, such as dust and pollen. Separately, carbon filters may help with volatile organic compounds or harmful gases from household products like paint and pesticides.

Place your Purifier Properly- The best place to put an air purifier is somewhere in your breathing zone. The closer the unit is to your head; the shorter distance clean air has to travel before it reaches you. In the bedroom, this usually translates to putting the air purifier on a nightstand or small table close to the bed.

Schedule Upkeep Reminders- As you use your air purifier, it removes these particles from the air and traps them inside the filter. Some purifiers are engineered to remove gases and capture up to 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. Over time, these particles build up and cause the filter to become clogged. A clogged filter can’t work properly, which means the air you’re breathing isn’t being cleaned like it should.
When your air purifier filter is replaced regularly, your machine can function correctly to remove and trap these particles to help you breathe better.

GPL’s Top 4 Purifier Picks
Covering all size and price points- we share favorites for every need!

Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Air Purifier-
This air purifier from Honeywell, another established brand in the home comfort space, uses a pre-filter and True HEPA filter to capture contaminants down to .3 microns. The model line comes in five different sizes that target rooms ranging from small (75 square feet) to extra-large (500 square feet). This mid-sized model, previously the brand’s largest, claims to clean the air as often as five times an hour and remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles, including viruses.

Dyson Purifier Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde
Close to $1,000 is a lot to spend on an air purifier, especially if you need multiple units throughout the home. But Dyson has proven itself splurge-worthy in other product categories, from cordless vacuums to hair dryers, and that’s what our experts found with its latest air purifier, the Dyson Humidify+Cool Formaldehyde. Its unique catalytic filter combines with True HEPA filtration to vanquish contaminants down to .3 microns. It was one of the fastest models at reducing particulate matter in our test chamber. And beyond that, it even has humidifying and cooling capabilities to help keep spaces dry and comfortable, too.

Levoit Core 400S Smart True HEPA Air Purifier
The Levoit Core 400S Smart True HEPA Air Purifier, is the high-efficiency air purifier to clean a whole room properly. AirSight Plus technology scans the surrounding air for airborne particles as small as 0.3um, this air purifier focuses on real-time home conditions – this is more than just having an air purifier. Levoit engineers designed the air purifier’s internal structure to provide powerful air purification while maintaining noise levels as low as 24dB.

FridaBaby 3-in-1 Sound Machine, Air Purifier and Nightlight
Fridababy, a company known for smart solutions to everyday parenting problems, recently introduced a small-room air purifier designed for spaces up to 150 square feet — like a baby’s nursery. It’s on our recommended list because, not only is it meant to help filter out dust mites and the like, but it also has a built-in sound machine and nightlight. We’re all about finding space-saving, multi-purpose products, particularly for our littles! We found the sound machine and nightly aspects easy to use and the filter easy to replace. However, it’s not as durable (it weighs in at 1 pound, compared with the 10 to 30 pounds of more solidly built machines), so you’ll want to handle it gently, which should be easier to manage in a quiet, low-traffic nursery.

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