Can Air Purifiers Alleviate Cold and Flu Symptoms?
Although the cold and flu viruses circulate throughout the year, there are times when infections tend to be more rampant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu season peaks between the months of December and February. The cold season tends to run between September and April. Whatever the case may be, both of these viruses can cause irritating, persistent, and even painful symptoms. Luckily, there is a way to help alleviate some of these issues. Along with prescribed or over-the-counter medications, air purifiers have been found to provide a significant amount of relief.
What Are Air Purifiers?
Air purifiers are devices that help to clean or decontaminate the air. The device works by trapping harmful bacteria and other contaminants before recirculating the purified air back into the room. Even though there are other types of air purifiers, such as electrostatic and UV light systems, the filtration system is often seen as the safest option for home use.
The Importance of Clean Air
Have you ever come down with a cold or flu virus and someone mentioned that you should go outside to get fresh air? That’s because the fresh outdoor air helps to give you a break from the contaminants that often circulate indoors. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely solely on outdoor air to get relief from your symptoms. By cleaning the indoor air, air purifiers can provide you with a similar experience. Due to the prevalence of uncontrolled outside air pollution, these indoor devices can even prove more helpful in some instances.
Although we cannot say with 100% certainty that air purifiers are capable of killing all or even most airborne viruses, there have been studies that could help support this claim. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and the Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection both published 2021 studies that showed how air purifiers can significantly decrease the prevalence and existence of virus droplets. So, if you want to give yourself and your loved ones a better chance at preventing the cold or flu virus, you should seriously consider investing in an air purifier.
If you suffer from allergies or even asthma, contracting the cold or flu can make your everyday struggle even worse. Mold, dust, pet hair, and other bacteria are notorious for causing allergy flare-ups and asthma attacks. When you couple this with other viruses, the symptoms can easily worsen. By trapping and eradicating these common allergens, an air purifier can work to decrease the severity of your symptoms. So, even if you may not necessarily have the virus under control yet, you can still experience some sort of relief.
Choosing the Right Air Purifier
Clearly, air purifiers can be quite effective at helping with colds and flu symtoms; however, they are only as effective as their ability to maintain the current room size. Before purchasing a device, you should make sure that you have measured the rooms in your home. Once you know the measurements, you can then determine which type of air purifier has the capacity to handle your space.
Next, you should decide whether you would benefit most from a portable air purifier or a whole-house system. The whole-house system is likely better for larger spaces. If you have an apartment or a smaller home, a portable device would probably suffice. That’s because it’s easier for you to move your device from room to room.
Contact Us Today!
Whether you are currently in the throes of a cold or flu crisis or you want to prevent these viruses from overtaking your home in the future, the team from Putnam Mechanical can help you find the air purifier that best suits your needs. Along with air purifying services, we also offer heating and cooling repair, installation, and maintenance. Additionally, our team is able to work with geothermal HVAC units and commercial refrigeration.
We serve all of Mooresville, NC, and the surrounding areas. Our fully trained and certified technicians are backed by over 75 years of industry experience, and no job is too large for us to handle. Contact Putnam Mechanical today to schedule a consultation or to inquire about our other services.Tags: Air Purifier, Air Purifier Installation, Clean Air, IAQ Tips