Allergies can come in multiple forms, ranging from those that are seasonal – hello hay fever; to food related allergies such as gluten, egg, milk, peanut to name a few; and unfortunately for some people – an adverse reaction to pets!
Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, such as pollen, pet dander, or foods. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful (even though it isn’t necessarily). An immune system’s reaction can cause inflammation in the skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system.
For most, relief of allergy symptoms can make day to day life a lot simpler and avoiding known triggers is the obvious way to prevent allergic reactions – although this is easier said than done!
According to Mayo Clinic, one of the most common allergy triggers includes airborne allergens, including pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mould – all of which can be found within any household environment. Even for people who are allergy-free, lack of a quality indoor atmosphere can be linked with respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis and other serious ailments.
Hay fever hell
16 million people in the UK suffer from Hay fever, according to BreathingSpace. Generally this is at its worst during the summer months, when the pollen count is higher and we spend more time outside – however, it’s important to note that the air inside the home can also be naturally contaminated with pollen too. A good quality air purifier will cleanse the air and tackle pollen whilst you’re inside the home – offering the relief you might need if you suffer from hay fever or pollen allergies. BreathingSpace explain that to choose the most effective Air Purifier, you must look at the clean air delivery rate, and be sure to choose a machine that is AHAM Certified – like an Instant Air Purifier, which operates at an AHAM-verified clean air delivery rate.³
Living with Pets
We love our pets, but for those with pet dander allergies, visiting – or living in – a home with animals can trigger a nasty bout of sneezing, red, itchy eyes and even hives. All our furry friends collect dust and dander on their coats, which then sheds with their fur. Pet dander impurities can remain airborne, or they can get trapped in carpets, furniture, or bedding. So, if you have a pet at home, it’s vital to ensure you’re cleaning both your animal and your home regularly to remove any settled dander, and an Air Purifier can help to clean the air of airborne particles.
How exactly do Air Purifiers benefit allergy sufferers?
When fitted with a HEPA Filter, Air Purifiers can intercept particles from the air as they pass through the machine. Instant Air Purifiers are fitted with a HEPA-13 filter, that captures 99.97% of dust, dander, pollen, allergens, and other ultrafine impurities in the air. These tiny particles can be suspended in the air for long periods of time, regardless of whether your pet is present in the home, or you keep your windows closed. Using an Air Purifier can help remove as many allergy triggers as possible throughout the day and night.
Instant Air Purifiers have Intelligent Sensors to monitor air quality and adjust fan speed automatically, working 24/7². So, even when you’re not thinking about it, you can rest assured that the air you’re breathing is as clean as it can be.
Instant Air Purifiers are available in 3 sizes, so you can find the most suitable size for your room/s, ensuring it’s removing 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and mould in treated air¹ effectively.
Note 1: Based on testing of SARS-CoV-2 conducted in laboratory conditions, using a 13 cubic foot chamber to protect scientists from exposure. Not proven to prevent COVID-19. Performance was measured after 10 air exchanges passing through the air purifier operating at its minimum fan speed and with plasma ion technology on. Actual results of treated air may vary, depending on usage environment (temperature, humidity, room size and shape, nature and number of particulates in air, etc.), placement of the unit, and product usage (operation duration, operation mode, etc.).
Other performance claims are calculated based on testing of a single particulate, A. Niger (mould) E. Coli (bacteria), S. Epidermidis (bacteria) or Phi-X174 (virus), under laboratory conditions following 1 hour of air purifier operation at the maximum fan speed and with plasma ion technology on. Actual results of treated air may vary, depending on usage environment (temperature, humidity, room size and shape, nature and number of particulates in air, etc.), placement of the unit, and product usage (operation duration, operation mode, etc.). Best results with continuous use. For more testing info, go to www.instantbrands.co.uk/air-purifier-testing/
Note 2: Sensors have a margin of error of +/- 20 micrograms per cubic metre in detecting changes in air quality.
Note 3: AHAM is Association of Household Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). AHAM delivery rate based on filtering pollen, tobacco smoke and dust. It does not relate to viruses or bacteria.