As the warmer weather approaches (lets just ignore the random snow that seems to have suddenly hit the UK…) we say hello to hay fever season!
According to the Met Office, the entire “season” lasts from late March, all the way to September, hitting in 3 different bolts! Tree pollen first, from late March to mid-May, followed by grass in mid-May until July, then weed pollen from the end of June into September.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat. Your immune system then reacts to this foreign substance, and 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.
Advice for sufferers
For many, the advice to avoid hay fever symptoms is purely to stay indoors during the warmer weather, and although this can be a preventative measure, 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
The NHS also advises, to keep windows and doors shut as much as possible, vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth and buy a pollen filter with a HEPA filter.
HEPA filters in Air Purifiers
When an Air Purifier is fitted with a HEPA Filter, it can then intercept particles from the air as they pass through the machine. Instant Air Purifiers have 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 you keep your windows closed. Using an Air Purifier can help remove as many hay fever allergy triggers as possible, that may be lingering in the home.
Instant Air Purifiers are also fitted with Intelligent Sensors which 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, with as little hay fever irritants as possible.
Still not sure what Air Purifier to get?
With 3 sizes available, there is an Instant Air Purifier to suit any room size. Whether an AP100 for a small study or bedroom, the AP200 for larger bedrooms or living rooms, or AP300 for large open plan kitchen/diners – you can find the right size for you house for maximum efficiency. And now 25% off in our Spring Sale, there’s never been a better time to buy!
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.