A Small Health Scare

No one likes to be told they have an illness, not even asthma. It’s not heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, so in the grander scheme of things it is something that can be controlled with medicine before it becomes life threatening. It is a small health scare given that it isn’t fatal, but it is still an ailment that is undesirable and that has a distinct impact on one’s well-being and overall health. It is not a time to panic, however. There is a lot you can do. You can live in the parts of the world that do not aggravate the condition, you can vacuum and dust your home frequently, and last but not least you can install a portable air purifier in the living room where the family resides a good part of the time. If you have an open floor plan, the best air purifiers for asthma sufferers will reach the bedrooms and kitchen. No doubt it will handle the dining room that is adjacent to the family room as well. Airborne pollen and allergens will be a thing of the past as you start to breathe easier during the day and at night. You will want to run the appliance 24/7 for best coverage. Those with asthma know how important it is to reduce respiratory irritants.

Most asthma sufferers are quite conversant with the operation of an air purifier and know how to select just the right one. There are many quality brands from Kenmore, Honeywell, Holmes, Dyson, Oreck, Allen to Germ Guardian and Hunter. What you don’t want is a machine that emits ozone as a normal part of its process. Air-purifier models with an electrostatic precipitator remove pollutant particles by charging them as they pass through and collecting them on an oppositely charged metal plate or filter. In the process, they produce some ozone as a byproduct. While ozone in the upper atmosphere protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, ground-level ozone is an irritant that can worsen asthma and compromise your ability to fight respiratory infections. Thus it must be avoided at all costs. Air purifiers that emit even small amounts of ozone are a poor choice if someone in your household has pulmonary problems or allergy symptoms.

This being said you can opt for a carbon or HEPA filter in a portable air purifier model. If your home has forced-air heating, you might want to opt for a whole-house model built into your HVAC system. However, built-ins can be expensive to buy, and they must be installed professionally in the ductwork of your heating system and most need to be wired into your home’s electrical system. If an allergy sufferer lives in the home, it is a small price to pay for his or her health.

An air purifier is therefore a major decision that must be made quickly as soon as the victim receives an asthma diagnosis. The person who purchases the unit has a large role in facilitating recovery. Keep that in mind when looking at specifications and prices.