Allergen Reducer

Allergen reducers are air purifiers that are specially designed to remove allergens from an indoor environment. They find a prominent place in homes of people who are prone to allergies and patients of asthma which can be triggered by particular allergies. The allergen reducers mainly target the removal of mold and mildew from the rooms but they also can be designed for the removal of dust, spores, pollens, pet dander, lint and other such particular matter and even gases from the environment. Since allergies can be caused by a lot of substances, allergen reducers are also quite versatile. It is possible to get an allergen reducer to remove a particular type of allergen from the environment.

The most common allergen reducers used are the HEPA filters, which are governed by government standards. These HEPA filters (HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air) are mainly designed for removing large particles from the environment, which are of a size of more than 0.01 micrometer. They provide a barricade for the air which passes into the room, which has small pores on it through which the air has to pass. As the air passes, the filter will trap all the pollutant particles and allow only pure air to pass in.

Though HEPA filters are very popular in allergen reducers, they suffer from the limitation that they cannot prevent gases and fumes from entering into the environment. This is because gas molecules are tinier than 0.01 micrometer and they can easily pass through the pores in the filters. For people who have problems with dust, chalk powder and other such particulate matters, HEPA filters could be a good choice.

For removing molds and mildews from the environment, ozone purifiers could be a very good choice. Ozone purifiers will generate large amounts of ozone in rooms which can oxidize particulate matter and accumulate it, and can also destroy biological pollutants such as mold and mildew. These substances are completely removed by such ozone treatment and the space becomes healthy for people to live in. Especially after catastrophes such as floods, people use such ozone treatments so that the biological pollutants do not take over their homes.

However, there is a problem with the ozone purifiers too. Ozone is not a safe gas for humans. For that reason, such purification methods can only be employed by first vacating the rooms. People will have to move elsewhere while professionals will provide the shock treatment with ozone purifiers. It is not possible to keep these purifiers running when the room is inhabited.

Air ionizers can be good average allergen reducers for all kinds of household requirements. These work by the principle of ionization. They release ions into the environment which will then try to bond with the pollutant molecules in order to complete their molecular structures. In doing so, they raise the bulk of the molecules, due to which they can very easily be trapped by filters. Air ionizers are cheap, can be easily placed within the rooms, require very little cleaning and maintenance, require no replacement and are energy-efficient. Due to these reasons, more and more people are beginning to look at air ionizers as solutions for their allergenic problems.

Though there are many kinds of allergen reducers available for home use, it is important for the users to think what kind of allergy they have and then select the purifier accordingly. All purifiers do not work for all kinds of allergens. It is a good idea to have a medical recommendation before investing in the purifier. In some people, the cause of the allergy is not clear. Such cases will require proper diagnosis of the allergy symptoms before an effective allergen reducer can be suggested to them.

This Allergen Reducer Review is Written/Updated on Mar 10th, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances, Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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