Best air purifier(s) for general allergies and wood smoke?

by Alex
(West Virginia)

Hi Lisa, my name is Alex. While looking for informative air purifier information and reviews, I came across your site and would welcome your thoughts. My wife, two sons, and I live in a 115 year old two story farm house in the mountains of West Virginia. Over the last several years I've developed some general allergies with congestion, and take antihistamines and decongestants on a regular (though not daily) basis. My wife deals with occasional allergy issues but not as regarly as me. In addition, our youngest son is diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy, and though he hasn't had any significant allergy or respiratory issues, we want to do all we can to minimize those risks. Having an older house, we have to heat in the winter with two wood stoves. So with our allergy issues, heating with wood, having an older house with potential mold issues and older building materials, combined with me having gone through a recent 5 week, 3 antibiotic, steroid, and albuterol inhaler, etc/etc, bronchitis episode, I've gotten serious with learning about air purifiers. With a sense of urgency and wanting to do "something" immediately, I went out to our local national chain hardware store and bought two Idylis air purifiers. They seem to be doing a good job and appear to have all the recommended features: HEPA filter, charcoal pre-filter, UV lamp, pollutant sensor, etc. But I want to be sure I'm doing all I can and continue my quest to learn. I've read reviews of other brand purifiers, some in similar price range, and some higher. I don't mind paying more as long as there is greater value for the higher price. So I'm wondering, if price is not the main focus, but good overall purification (including wood smoke, allergens, dust, mold, bacteria, viruses) is the focus, what would your thoughts and recommendations be? Thanking you in advance! Alex

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Dec 20, 2011
Sounds good!
by: Anonymous

Lisa,

Sounds good! I'll be sure to try it out and will let you know how it goes.

Thanks!

Alex

Dec 20, 2011
homeopathic remedies
by: Lisa- site expert

Hi Alex,
Local honey is great. I've had success with BioAllers both the pollen kind and the animal dander kind. I went from having allergies much of the year, to almost none at all. It is a tincture which seems to work better than the tablets that are out there for allergy help. Your local natural food store will be able to steer you towards a homeopathic that'll help. I think they even have some that help with mold!

Lisa

Dec 19, 2011
Thank You!
by: Alex

Lisa,

Thank you for your thoughts and recommendations, and hope the details weren't too much! Just wanted to be as thorough as possible to add clarity to the situation.
I chose two Idylis units that were rated for slightly more square footage than the rooms they are in, just to be sure their capabilities would be maximized.
Your dehumidifier recommendation is very appreciated! I had a suspicion that would also be advisable and will conduct the testing to determine need.
Can you share any specifics concerning the homeopathic therapies you've seen successful? We try to utilize locally harvested honey to increase immunity and would welcome other effective homeopathic/holistic therapeutic options.

Thanks!

Alex

Dec 18, 2011
air purifier for allergies and wood smoke
by: Lisa- site expert

Hi Alex,
Thanks for your detailed note! I think two Idylis air purifiers were a good choice. Especially if mold is a concern because the UV light on the filter will eliminate any mold spores that might collect on the filter. It should help with any allergens and smoke in the air! As long as the air purifier does have a HEPA filter, it should do a decent job, so I wouldn't say you'd need to spend more money on another unit, as long as the air purifiers you currently have are rated to clean the air in the amount of sq. ft. that you are using it in your house.

My one recommendation would be a dehumidifier for any time of year that the humidity gets above 50%. You can test the humidity level with a digital humidistat. Test each month of the year after rainfall or snow, when it's likely to be more humid in your home. Mold can really wreak havok on the respiratory system, so a dehumidifier could be a real help, in addition to your air purifiers. Also, not sure if you already use herbal or homeopathic remedies for your allergies, but I know a number of people who have had great success with homeopathic remedies for allergies and to boost your immune system. Any health food store should have these. I wish you and your family the best in staying as healthy as possible. Good health is like gold and worth every penny :)

To your health!
Lisa

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