Allergy and Asthma
Individuals sensitized to airborne allergens such as pollen, mold spores, cat or dog dander, house dust mite excrements can reduce their indoor exposure to these allergens by use of a high-efficiency air cleaner. The IQAir Personal Health Series' advanced performance and features make it the first choice for individuals looking for serious allergen control.
Allergens trigger allergic reactions in sensitized individuals in a number of different ways - by ingestion (food allergy), direct skin contact (contact allergy) or through inhalation (respiratory allergy). While allergy sufferers can avoid certain foods, it's more difficult to avoid contact with allergens, and, it's even more difficult to avoid breathing them. Since we spend over 90% of our lives indoors, controlling airborne allergens and irritants at work and at home makes a significant contribution towards reducing overall exposure to airborne allergens. This is why every successful allergen avoidance program should include a high-performance air cleaning device as part of an overall allergen avoidance strategy.
ALLERGIES AND AIR CLEANING.
Air cleaners can make a significant contribution in reducing an individual's indoor exposure to airborne allergens. The effectiveness of different air cleaners varies greatly. The main features that allergy sufferers should look out for are:
- high overall efficiency of the air cleaner (not just the filters in the air cleaner)
- high air delivery (you cannot clean the air too much in a room)
- no release of particles from fan motors or activated carbon filters
- low noise level and noise management features (e.g. timers)
- filter technology which prevents the release of captured allergens
- no water use in the air cleaning process (creates mold growth issues in the air cleaner and the room)
- ducting option for pollen allergy sufferers (allows fresh pollen-free air to enter from the outside)
IQAIR SYSTEMS FOR ALLERGEN CONTROL.
IQAir Personal Health Series devices set a new standard in the removal of airborne allergen particles. The IQAir Personal Health Series can reduce airborne allergen levels quicker and to a lower level than conventional air cleaners. In fact, in a comparison of 10 air cleaners by the leading German independent consumer products testing magazine "Test", the IQAir HealthPro 250/Plus was found to remove airborne dust particles twice as quickly as the next best device. As a result, it was the only air cleaner to be awarded a "very good" rating for particulate removal and an overall rating of "good".
Due to HyperHEPA filtration and patented 3D sealing technology IQAir holds back more allergens from filtered air than ordinary air cleaners. Each Personal Health Series device has a certified and guaranteed total system efficiency and typically holds back 10-100 times more fine particles than conventional HEPA air cleaners.
WHICH IQAIR SYSTEMS IS BEST?
The standard HealthPro (EU: Allergen 100) is recommended for allergy sufferers without any particular need for gas or odor control. These units do not contain a gas and odor filter, which makes filter replacement economical and maximizes air delivery.
The HealthPro Plus (EU: HealthPro 250) contains a V5-Cell filter for the control of gaseous contaminants and odors. The HealthPro Plus is recommended to asthma sufferers, since their respiratory systems are often sensitized to gaseous irritants, as well as allergens. The HealthPro Plus is also recommended to allergy sufferers with a need or desire to deal with gaseous pollutants or odors.
For elevated levels of gaseous pollutants and odors, or for individuals sensitized to chemical compounds, the IQAir GC Series or IQAir GCX Series should be considered.
In their standard configuration, the IQAir Personal Health Series cleans the air by recirculation. For individuals that suffer from pollen or other outdoor allergens, we recommend the use of the accessory. This accessory converts any IQAir system from an air cleaner that filters air within a room (recirculation) to an air cleaner that draws outside air (ventilation) and filters it before releasing it into the room. This can eliminate the need for the opening of windows for ventilation and can build up a slight positive pressure that reduces the leakage of outdoor allergens through cracks in doors and windows.