Having an asthma attack can be like breathing through a straw. As that straw gets smaller and smaller, the experience quickly goes from irritating to absolutely terrifying. And those that suffer from asthma know that feeling of tightness and constriction in the chest. Even if you do manage to take what feels like a deep breathe, there still doesn’t seem to be any air in it. Fortunately, air purifiers can help, but maybe not in the ways that you’re initially thinking.
Do Air Purifiers Help with Asthma?
The primary way air purifiers help with Asthma is by reducing the volume of allergens and irritants in the air that can trigger an asthma attack.
Learn about our top recommended air purifiers for asthma, or keep reading to learn more about how an air purifier can be part of a holistic asthma treatment regimen.
How Effective Are Air Purifiers for Asthma?
When you turn an air purifier on in the home, it gets to work immediately to remove dust, allergens, dander, chemicals, odors, and other irritants from the air. If you’re in the midst of an allergy or asthma attack, the air purifier will not provide immediate relief. However, over the course of 24-48 hours you will start to notice a marked improvement in air quality, especially in the room that you have the unit placed in.
If you place the air purifier in your bedroom (which we recommend) the effect on your sleep quality can be significant as a reduction in airborne irritants leads to reduced congestion, easier breathing, and a sounder night’s sleep. After putting their first air purifier in the bedroom, many asthma & allergy sufferers report “my bedroom is the only room I can breathe in!”. And they quickly get additional purifiers to cover the rest of the rooms in their home.
Clean air feels lighter and not heavy as it did before an air purifier started making a difference. Visual inspection of a filter can confirm the amount of filth and contaminants that no longer foul the air.
Reducing Asthma Triggers And Improving Air Purifier Effectiveness
Good advice from founding father Benjamin Franklin reminded early Americans that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and it is particularly useful for anyone who has asthma.
Remove common allergens that can become airborne and lead to asthma and allergy attacks:
Cockroaches droppings can cause allergic reactions when they are kicked into the air by you walking on them. Even if you never see a cockroach, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. And they can be living in the garage or other spaces. Vacuum every two or three days to remove them and run your air purifier while you do so.
Irritants from Dust Mites
The presence of tiny dust mites is a common occurrence in almost every home, and they can trigger a flare-up. Mattress and pillowcase covers can suppress their effect by creating a barrier, and using the hottest water setting for laundering linens helps eliminate them. Avoid stuffed animals in the bedroom, and use thick quilts, rather than fluffy comforters, to make the air purifier’s job easier and more efficient.
Second-hand smoke can create conditions that can create an attack. Avoid smoking in the home if anyone has asthma or allergies and run air purifiers in the rooms that asthma sufferers spend most of their time.
Pet Dander Particles
A bath for each pet every week can help prevent dander in the air. A trim does not do the job, but vacuuming frequently offers relief.
The humidity in a home can help mold grow, and maintaining it at 50 percent or lower supplements the efficiency of an air purifier.