How Air Purifiers Relieve Allergies — and Why Air Detoxifiers Work Best Instead

22 October 2020

The promise of working from home is an enticing one: You spend hours indoors with your family, and get work done comfortably.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, though, you should be more worried about staying indoors than outdoors. 

According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air harbours high levels of toxins and pollutants — up to 5x higher than outdoor air. Exposure to these pollutants can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms and allergies to no end.

The most common allergy triggers in your home include:

  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mould
  • Animal dander

However, air purifiers can clean the air inside your home, neutralize the threat posed by indoor air pollution, and reduce unwanted pollutants including allergens.

What is an Air Purifier?

An air purifier is a portable device with the technological ability to eliminate ultrafine particles (0.3 microns in size) lingering in the air inside your home.

How Does an Air Purifier Work? 

Air purifiers have two main parts: The fan (responsible for sucking and circulating air), and the filters. Indoor air is often sucked in, moved through the filters — trapping harmful toxins and pollutants inside. Then clean, purified air is released back into your surroundings.

What Type of Air Purifier is the Best for Allergies?

Typically, air purifiers consist of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters. HEPA filtration technology — used for the first time in the 1950s — cleans indoor irritants. But not all harmful particles settled on hard surfaces.

Before you buy an air purifier to relieve allergies, keep in mind that devices vary. Consider, first of all, the size of the room, and the type of indoor pollutants to filter.

While HEPA filtration-based air purifiers are certified to capture 99.9% of 0.3 microns particles in the air — and even remove larger particles — they don’t remove all allergy-causing impurities from indoor air people breathe.

And that’s a great concern. 

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission has taken action against several makers of air purifiers for making unsubstantiated allergy-relief claims.

Some studies even show that using an air purifier is less effective in reducing harmful pathogens lingering in the air you breathe indoors.

What’s worse? Purifiers — despite being more than electronic devices (yet are not considered medical devices) — are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).



Why Aren’t Traditional Air Purifiers 100% Effective In Relieving Allergies?

For an air purifier using HEPA filtration technology to filter all the indoor pollutants in your home, the rooms must be entirely sealed — so that no air bypasses the HEPA filters. 

Pro Tip: Sealing your doors and windows (so as not to allow air to penetrate) is impossible. Because we open and close windows and doors regularly.

The second key weakness of air purifiers? Harmful particles in the air work faster than they do. They multiply at a rapid rate and linger in the air for hours on end. 

Pro Tip: It takes longer for an air purifier to suck in air and activate its HEPA filters to trap airborne pathogens.

Indoor toxins, viruses, and harmful particles in the air are smaller than 0.3-microns in size — including the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which is about 120-140 nanometres in size. So, viruses can bypass a purifier’s filter.

Did you know airborne pathogens can grow and survive within a purifier’s HEPA filter? This is why HEPA filters need replacement regularly — and this is why air purifiers aren’t 100% effective in relieving allergies.

What’s The New Solution for Allergy Sufferers?

Simple answer: Air Detoxifier

Indoor air detoxification devices are the latest products designed to provide relief for allergy patients — as they’re more effective in fighting harmful indoor pathogens.

VBreathe_Gel_FilterA great example is VBreathe Tasman.

This detoxifier combines medical-grade HEPA filtration and all-natural VActive Gel technology to deliver the most effective and intelligent portable indoor air detoxifier. 

VBreathe vaporizes the VActive Gel into the surrounding air — to tackle and trap mould, bacteria, dust, and other allergy-causing airborne pathogens.

Independently tested by leading third-party Australian labs and universities — and following international health standards, VBreathe is capable of reducing TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) — a surrogate strand of COVID-19 — with 99% efficiency.

According to the Bell Laboratories air quality report, the VBreathe device can reduce 97% and 98% concentration of 1 micron and 2.5-micron particles in an hour.

This is music to an allergy sufferer’s ears.

What Makes VBreathe More Effective?

  • Smart Sensors

The inbuilt sensors are intelligently designed to detect harmful PM2.5 particles lingering in the air, carbon monoxide, mould, dust, and even tobacco smoke.

  • Superior Protection

The combination and patented technology of HEPA filtration and VActive Gel controlled evaporation ability makes it stand out — makes it easy to detoxify your indoor air with accuracy.

  • Lightweight

VBreathe weighs about 1.1kgs with a height of 25cm. You can take it with you wherever you want — in the office, at home, and in any room in particular, without breaking your back.


What Other Ways Can I Improve the Air Quality in my Home — and Keep Allergies at Bay?

The most important thing to do is to aerate your home regularly and address the source of indoor air pollution.

In case you want to get by without using an air detoxifier, or you’re looking to supplement the devices work, try these steps to help reduce airborne pathogens in your home.

  • Reduce pollutant sources — like smoking inside the home, lighting wood fires, cooking on a stove, or burning candles.
  • Keep your doors and windows open — to prevent locking pollutants inside your home for hours on end.
  • Vacuum your home often — to trap dust particles instead of having them lingering on surfaces. Look for a HEPA-certified vacuum, one that’s sealed, and with a bag.

In Conclusion

If you’re experiencing asthma symptoms or allergies, most probably your home is a “cafeteria” of harmful airborne pathogens. 

An indoor air detoxifier can help to significantly reduce harmful airborne allergens and other harmful airborne toxins inside your home like mould, bacteria, etc.

The market is awash with plenty of air purifier brands. However, decide what you want — is it an air purifier or an air detoxifier? (Hint: The latter far outweighs the former).

Overall, investing in an indoor air detoxification device is the most sure-fire way to improve air quality in your home.

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VBreathe Tasman is an intelligent and portable indoor air purifier and detoxifier.

Our world-first patented combination of HEPA filtration and VActive natural gel technology radically improves indoor air quality by not only filtering heavy particles through the device, but also by dispersing VActive Gel into the air to reduce harmful indoor bacteria, viruses, microbes, mould and toxins.

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