Many of us will be jumping in joy at the prospect of Spring, but sunny days and blossoming flowers aren’t enjoyable for everyone. Meteorologists described last months early bloom as “Fragrant February”, declaring that hay fever season had arrived early. When you consider that 2018 saw the UK’s highest reported levels of pollen in a decade, if you or someone in your family suffers with hay fever it might be time to take action to mitigate its effects in the home.

In our last blog we outlined several general tips for hay fever sufferers, one of which was to consider buying an air purifier for the home. Air Purifiers can be highly effective as they remove pollen and other airborne allergy causing irritants such as dust mites, mould spores, pet dander and traffic pollution.

However, people sometimes buy the wrong machine and end up frustrated as it doesn’t do the job it was bought for. We’ve outlined some simple steps to help ensure you choose the right appliance this year:

First Check your Allergy

To select the correct air purifier, you need to know two things; firstly, what you are allergic to and secondly the cubic air volume of the room that you want to clean. This is where air purifier selection normally goes wrong. Most people end up with an air purifier that is too small, and with a filter that does not clean the right allergens from the air. It’s essential for hay fever sufferers to check that the appliance removes pollen. A quality air purifier should remove the airborne irritants illustrated below:

Second Check your Room Size

The more often the air from your room goes through the air purifier each hour the cleaner the air will become. If your hay fever symptoms are mild then three times an hour will be fine, five times an hour will give better results and a factor of seven or eight times an hour should be used if your pollen allergy is severe. In terms of room size the MeacoClean CA-HEPA 47×5 can move up to 236m3 of air per hour. The table below gives you an indication of the room sizes that the MeacoClean CA-HEPA 47×5 can purify for you:

Number of air changes per hour and room size
3 4 5 6 7 8
CA-HEPA 47×5 78m3 59m3 47m3 39m3 34m3 29m3

To convert from cubic metres to cubic feet multiple the above number by 35.3 (i.e. 119m3 equals 4200ft3).

If your room size is larger than the above then our larger unit the MeacoClean CA-HEPA 119×5 would be more appropriate.

Meaco Clean CA HEPA 119×5

British Allergy Foundation approved 

When you have identified an air, purifier check to see if it approved by the British Allergy Foundation. If it is, you be certain that it’s been tried and tested by experts from an impartial charitable organisation on the behalf of allergy sufferers.

Need Further Advice? 

If you have any questions or need further advice about how to alleviate hayfever suffering in the home, please get in touch. Our team have a wealth of experience regarding air purification and would be happy to help. Call us on 01483 234 900 or email: sales@meaco.com.

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