According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks. Air inside of a home is often more contaminated than the air outside. Everyone's health can suffer from breathing pollutants, but for allergy sufferers and asthmatics, the level of indoor air quality can have an immediate impact on quality of life. If you or one of your family members suffers from asthma, consider taking a look at your home’s air filtration system.
Asthma is a condition that restricts breathing through inflammation. It results in sporadic flare-ups called asthma attacks. Attacks can be mild annoyances or they can be serious enough to be fatal.
One of the ways asthmatics may ease symptoms and reduce attacks is through air filtration.
Asthma attacks can be triggered in several ways. According to the Mayo Clinic, allergy-induced asthma is when the catalyst for an attack is pet dander, pollen or other allergens. Chemical fumes, gas and dust can also trigger attacks.
Quality air filtration removes most of these contaminants, as well as other attack-triggering pollutants such as cockroach residue, mold spores and dust mites. Air conditioning also curtails humidity, which is another common attack trigger.
Asthma is a potentially fatal condition. Sufferers must maintain close contact with their doctor because the disease often changes in severity over time. A regimen of prescribed medication along with trigger awareness and lifestyle habits (such as physician-approved diet and exercise) are all components to health maintenance for asthmatics. But good air filtration can mitigate symptoms and reduce the number and/or severity of attacks for many sufferers.
Tens of millions of Americans dread the arrival of April because spring is allergy season and that means hay fever, coughing, itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing. All of this is in response to plants doing what nature intended them to do in the spring — release pollen to fertilize other plants.
But with good air filtration, there doesn't have to be an allergy season — at least not indoors. Filtered air conditioning can maintain a level of continuity in indoor air quality all year round. Air filtration dramatically reduces the number of airborne allergens and directly improves the quality of life for many allergy sufferers.
Even the best air-filtration systems, however, cannot eliminate all contaminants — specifically settled contaminants that are not airborne. Sufferers often find the most allergy relief when they use air filtration in conjunction with steps to eliminate settled allergens like cleaning frequently, removing carpeting and encasing pillows.
Can air filtration help asthmatics and allergy sufferers? The short answer is yes, it can — dramatically in many cases. But air filtration is just one weapon — albeit a powerful weapon — in the fight to minimize allergies and asthma.
This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.