Pollen, Pets and Particles – Oh My! Why Spring is a Great Time for an Air Purification System
Spring is a time of renewal and growth, but it’s also a time when many people experience an increase in allergies and other respiratory problems. Whether you’re an allergy sufferer or simply want to breathe cleaner air, an air purification system can be a valuable addition to your home, especially during the spring season.
Spring is a time of renewal and growth, but it's also a time when many people experience an increase in allergies and other respiratory problems. Whether you're an allergy sufferer or simply want to breathe cleaner air, an air purification system can be a valuable addition to your home, especially during the spring season.
What is an Air Purification System?
Air purification or air filtration systems are used to improve the quality of indoor air inside a home. Indoor air pollution is a serious health concern that affects many households, especially during certain times of the year when allergens and other pollutants are more prevalent. While many people rely on portable air purifiers to improve indoor air quality, these devices are only effective in a limited area and can be noisy and unsightly. A whole-house air purification system is a more comprehensive solution that can filter the air in your entire home, providing cleaner and healthier air for you and your family.
5 Benefits of a Whole House Air Purification System
1. Improved Indoor Air Quality
A whole-house air filtration system can capture and remove airborne contaminants, such as pollen, pet dander, dust, and other particles, providing cleaner and healthier air for you and your family.
2. Allergy Relief
Whole-house air purification can filter out allergens that often lead to watery eyes, sneezing, and discomfort, but air purification systems can provide relief. In fact, a 2018 study from the National Library of Medicine found that air purification systems can effectively reduce allergy symptoms when used consistently.
3. Respiratory Health
Indoor air pollution can be a risk factor for respiratory problems, such as asthma and bronchitis. A whole-house air filtration system can help reduce this risk by removing pollutants from the air.
4. Energy Savings
A whole house air filtration system can help your HVAC system work more efficiently by reducing the amount of dust and dirt that accumulates in the system. This can help extend the life of your HVAC system and reduce energy costs.
5. Reduced Risk of Airborne Illness
Diseases ranging from the common cold to the flu and COVID are spread through airborne transmission. An air purification system in your home can trap infected droplets, reducing the risk of viral illnesses being spread.
Common Springtime Indoor Air Pollutants
When it comes to installing an air purification system in your home, there is no better time than spring. As more flowers bloom in the spring and the weather warms, pollen increases, pets shed, and particles blow through the spring breeze. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 25 percent of adults and nearly 20 percent of children suffer from seasonal allergies.
In the spring, trees like birch, oak, and maple produce high amounts of pollen, as do many grasses and weeds. Windy days can exacerbate the problem, as pollen can travel long distances and be inhaled by people who are not even near the source of the pollen. Additionally, changes in temperature and humidity can also contribute to worsening allergy symptoms. However, installing an air purification system in your home can help reduce allergens in your home and bring relief, keeping your household comfortable year-round.
Pollen is a fine, powdery substance produced by trees, grasses, and weeds as part of their reproductive process. Pollen is most prevalent in the spring, particularly during the months of March, April, and May. During this time, many trees, grasses, and weeds begin to bloom and release large amounts of pollen into the air, which can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. For people with allergies, exposure to pollen can trigger a range of symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. These symptoms can be especially problematic for individuals with asthma, as pollen can exacerbate their condition and lead to respiratory distress.
Pollen grains are small and lightweight, making them easy to be carried by the wind, insects, or other animals. Pollen can affect indoor air quality when it enters buildings through open windows, doors, or ventilation systems. Once inside, it can accumulate in carpets, furniture, and other surfaces, making it difficult to remove.
Whole-house air purifying systems can help alleviate pollen allergies by effectively eliminating pollen from the air before it circulates through the home by using a combination of filters and other technologies designed to capture and eliminate airborne pollutants.
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), approximately 67 percent of U.S. households, or 84.9 million homes, own at least one pet. The most common pets in U.S. households are dogs and cats, with approximately 63.4 million households owning at least one dog and 42.7 million households owning at least one cat.
While cute, pets can wreak havoc on indoor air quality. Pet dander is made up of tiny, microscopic flakes of skin shed by animals such as cats, dogs, and rodents. These flakes of skin can become airborne and circulate throughout a home, particularly in areas where pets spend a lot of time. Pet dander can negatively affect indoor air quality by triggering allergies and asthma symptoms in sensitive individuals. When inhaled, pet dander can cause symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and difficulty breathing. For individuals with asthma, exposure to pet dander can also cause wheezing and coughing and can even trigger asthma attacks. In addition to pet dander, animal saliva and urine can contain allergens that can affect indoor air quality. These allergens can become airborne and circulate throughout a home, exacerbating allergy and asthma symptoms.
By using an air purification system, pet owners can help remove pet dander and other allergens from their indoor air, which can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms in sensitive individuals.
Particles are tiny solid or liquid substances suspended in the air that can negatively affect indoor air quality. These particles can come from a variety of sources, including dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and combustion byproducts from appliances or tobacco smoke.
Exposure to fine particles has been linked to a variety of health effects, including respiratory and cardiovascular problems, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heart disease. Fine particles can also exacerbate existing health conditions, such as allergies and asthma.
A whole-house air purification system can help trap particles in indoor air by using filters to capture airborne contaminants as they pass through the system and can filter the air in the entire house rather than just one room.
Types of Air Purification Systems
Trane QuikBox™ Air Cleaner is a powerful and affordable air purification solution for your home. Designed to fit into your existing HVAC system, QuikBox™ uses a MERV 11 filter to remove up to 85 percent of airborne particles, including pet dander, pollen, and dust. This system is easy to install and maintain, with filter replacement recommended every six to twelve months. The compact design of QuikBox™ allows for flexible installation options, making it ideal for homeowners with limited space.
Trane CleanEffects™ is the ultimate air purification system for your home. It is a whole-house air filtration system that is designed to capture even the smallest airborne particles that other air filtration systems miss. With its patented technology, CleanEffects™ can remove up to 99.98 percent of allergens, pollen, dust, and other pollutants from your indoor air. This system also features a washable filter that eliminates the need for frequent replacements, making it more cost-effective than other air filtration systems on the market.
Contact a Trane Specialist
Spring can be a challenging time for indoor air quality due to the increase in pollen, pet dander, and particles. Investing in an air purification system can be an effective way to combat these pollutants and improve the overall air quality in your home. By using filters to capture contaminants and prevent them from circulating in your indoor air, an air purification system can help alleviate allergy symptoms, reduce the risk of respiratory problems, and promote a healthier living environment.
If you're considering installing an air purification system in your home, it's important to work with an expert Trane Comfort Specialist who can help you choose the right system for your needs and ensure it is installed properly. A Trane Comfort Specialist can assess your indoor air quality and recommend a system that will effectively target the specific pollutants in your home. They can also provide ongoing maintenance and support to ensure that your system is working at its best.
Investing in an air purification system is a smart choice for anyone looking to improve their indoor air quality, especially during the spring season. With the help of a Trane Comfort Specialist, you can enjoy cleaner, healthier air in your home all year round.