According to the Centers for Disease Control, 19 million Americans suffer from asthma, and over one million people head to the emergency room each year seeking treatment for their serious attacks.
We’re often asked if an air purifier can help reduce a person’s asthma attacks. The short answer to this question is “yes.” And in a little bit, we’ll cover exactly how an air purifier works and what you should look for.
But right now, it’s important that we cover some of the most common asthma triggers. This will help you understand how and why an air purifier can be a valuable addition to your home and office.
12 Common Asthma Triggers
When you live with asthma, it’s not enough to carry an inhaler around with you, it’s also important to be able to recognize your personal triggers so you can avoid an attack in the first place.
The following are 12 of the most common asthma triggers so you can begin to recognize the potential culprit(s) in your life.
There’s no denying that our pets bring us a sense of joy and comfort. But for some people with allergies and asthma, pet dander can be a real nightmare to live with.
Pet dander is actually a protein that is found in dog and cat skin cells, saliva and urine. While you can’t see them, your furry best friend is constantly shedding dead skin cells, and they all wind up around your house, waiting to be inhaled. Once they get in your eyes, nose and throat, they can cause an allergic reaction and subsequent asthma attack.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to get rid of Fido and Fluffy, we’ll tell you exactly how an air purifier can help you keep your health AND your four-legged pals!
Dust mites have been a nuisance for millions of years. Even though you can’t see them with the naked eye, they sure can make some people feel awful!
The common dust mite eliminates a digestive enzyme in their waste, and this enzyme can be very aggressive on our immune systems. It actually can “melt” the “glue” that holds delicate cells together. And yep, these cells tend to be located in a human being’s nose, eyes and lungs. This enzyme is actually known to sometimes kill these cells, and this in turn causes a HUGE immune response in certain individuals.
Not only is tobacco smoke incredibly unhealthy for the person smoking the cigarette, pipe or cigar, it is equally unhealthy for anyone else sharing that environment. Those with asthma a very much encouraged to stay far away from tobacco smoke, as it’s one of the biggest triggers for people.
Where there is humidity, there is usually mold. These mold spores are notorious for causing an allergic reaction and asthma attack in certain individuals. While you may not visibly see mold, it doesn’t mean it’s not behind walls, under floorboards or behind ceiling panels. If you’ve had recent leaks in your kitchen, bathroom or basement, it’s a good idea to have a professional come and inspect your home if you think you might have a mold issue.
Outdoor Air Pollution
It would be nice if all of that disgusting air pollution could stay outside. For that to happen, you would never be able to leave your home, or get back in your home, as your doors and windows would have to remain permanently shut.
What does outdoor pollution contain? You name it… harmful contaminants from cars, factories, smog and smoke from nearby forest fires, to name a few. Asthma sufferers should always pay attention to air quality reports and only plan outdoor activities when pollution levels are low.
Other Common Triggers
- Colds and flu
- Sinus infections
- Household chemicals such as VOCs
- Acid reflux
- Physical exercise
- Prescription medicines
- Cold, dry winter air
How an Air Purifier Can Help Alleviate Asthma Triggers
While an air purifier can’t protect you from acid reflux, exercise or cold, dry winter air, it can help with the other common triggers on this list. From pet dander to dust mites, mold and harmful outdoor pollutants, air purifiers use robust filtration systems to remove asthma triggers from your home’s air.
But in order to protect you and your loved ones from harm, your air purifier must have several important features:
True HEPA Filtration System
You’ve most likely heard of HEPA filters. These filters have the ability to trap microscopic particles from your home’s air. That means that dust mites, pet dander and mold spores, along with pollen and bacteria, don’t stand a chance.
But some air purifiers use inferior filtration systems. They may say HEPA, but unless they say “TRUE HEPA,” don’t trust them. True HEPA filters have been put through rigorous testing and have been certified to be able to trap particulate matter as small as .3 microns in size. How small is that? Consider that the average size of a human hair is 75 microns and you get how powerful these filters are at removing microscopic allergens and asthma triggers.
Square Footage Capabilities
Like an air conditioner, an air purifier is built to handle a certain square footage. If you want your air purifier(s) to work optimally, be sure to measure your space and purchase a unit that can handle it.
What are the Best Air Purifiers for Asthma?
At Pure Breeze Solutions, we make it easy for you to shop for the air purifier that is going to help you with your specific needs. Take a few minutes to look through our inventory of air purifiers that were built with asthma sufferers in mind. You can filter choices by size of room, price, and specific trigger you’re trying to eliminate.
If you have any questions about which unit may be best in your home, please feel free to get in touch with us . We are always happy to help people find the right solution that will bring them the most relief. We don’t think of ourselves as a company that sells air purifiers, we think of ourselves as people who want to help other people breathe easier.