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Air Purifiers Support Health & Immunity Blog Feature

By: Dr. Jeff Bennert on April 24th, 2020

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Air Purifiers Support Health & Immunity

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Now more than ever, COVID-19 has motivated families nationwide to be diligent about hygiene, take supplements, get more sleep and do other immune-boosting activities. Being immuno-compromised puts you at greater risk for illnesses like the coronavirus. You can keep your immune system strong by paying attention to what you put in your body and what is around your body. In other words, your environment not only exposes you to germs but can support your ability to fight disease.

At the epicenter of the outbreak, experts at Wuhan’s Huoshenshan Hospital utilized sterilizing air purifiers. Air purifiers for COVID-19 and other viruses clean the air as well as providing germ protection and sanitization. Air purifiers prevent sickness by filtering out particulates in the air or by emitting germ-deactivating ions to limit the spread of viruses and bacteria. The best air purifiers can filter out and deactivate particles as small as viruses, effectively reducing their threat. Sanitized air and surfaces decreases the spread of infectious diseases.

Removing viruses, so you are never exposed, is one benefit of air purifiers in your home. But as quarantine continues, families are making every effort not only to remove risk but to build immunity. Cleaning indoor air to build the immune system is possible with a safe air purifier. 

How Air Purifiers Prevent the Spread of Viruses

Clean indoor air can reduce the spread of viruses. Immunologists have studied the value of reducing viruses and bacteria in the air with air purification. Published research indicates that whole home air filters (WHF for central HVAC systems, like the Air Oasis Bi-Polar® 2400) and portable room filters (like the G3 Series Filterless Air Purifier) reduce symptoms from:

  • Rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Hay Fever
  • Respiratory Diseases

Dynamic monitoring of air quality and the use of air purifiers have been shown to improve staff health in hospitals.

Most relevant during this COVID-19 pandemic is the use of air purifiers to kill viruses. Studies from the SARS outbreak (another coronavirus) tested the effectiveness of air purifiers on aerosolized droplets of the virus. HEPA, UV and ionization were all tested and found effective in eliminating nearly 100% of the virus in the air. 

Some studies have found HEPA to be inadequate to completely remove viruses in the air. If you are looking for an air purifier for your immune system and cleaner air, you want one that includes ionization. You can learn about ionization for killing viruses by clicking here.

Air Purifiers for Immune System

Pandemics like COVID-19 will infect people across the globe. Experts estimate that many more people than that will be exposed to the virus. One factor in avoiding illness is to have a strong immune system.

Clean air isn’t just about lung health or reducing symptoms of allergies. Breathing cleaner air in your home can be a step to a stronger immune system. Building immunity to sickness is vital both during widespread illnesses and at all times. Your immune system is always working to resist viruses and bacteria. Clean air can help your immune system, which provides greater immunity to sickness. 

Pollutants and the Immune Response

One way that the quality of air impacts your immunity stems from reduced exposure to pollutants. Pollutants, including those in the air, have been shown to deteriorate healthy immune responses. Whether from inflammation in the lungs, increased antibody production or respiratory issues, constant inhalation of polluted air can decrease your ability to fight diseases. Air purifiers support immunity by removing pollutants and particulates from the air.

Environmental Toxins and Immune System

Pathogens and other toxins are regularly released into the air. Without air filtration, these cycle through our home and lungs. These can be VOCs released by a variety of common household items, such as dry cleaned clothes and cleaning products. Ionic air purifiers and carbon filters address VOCs, reducing their impact on your immune system and boosting your health.

Ions and the Immune System

Ionization is one of the best and most effective ways to purify air and support your immune system. When certain ions are released into the air they can have a positive impact on your body down to a cellular level. Breathing cleaner air in your home is a powerful way to build your immune system and help your whole family stay well.

Go here to learn more about ionic air purifiers for your home.

Air Purifiers and Your Immune System

Air purifiers can build your immunity to disease by reducing particulates and VOCs, lowering toxins and pollutants and releasing negative and positive ions into the air. You should be sure, when you buy an air purifier online, that there is research to back up claims. Not all air purifiers are the same. You can choose from:

  • HEPA air purifiers
  • Ionic air purifiers
  • Multi-function air purifiers
  • UV air purifiers

Some of these have filtration systems and multi-stage processes. 

Tap here for a guide to choosing the best air purifier for your home.

We all want to improve our family’s immunity and overall health. Filling your home with fresh air is just another line of defense that can keep you all safe and well.