Assuming you don’t live in a cave or a barn, you’ve likely heard talk about the importance of air filtration in your home. It’s a difficult topic to approach due to the varying degrees of importance by which it is held and the needs of individuals as determined by their medical practitioner. An average home receives adequate filtration inherently with the use of a standard HVAC system, but in some cases a separate filtration may need to be run in tandem with the regular system.
Allergies and General Health
The general purpose of air filtration is to clean the air of allergens that can lead to health issues. Pollen is the leading concern, although to what extent it can harm your health is debated by doctors and scientists. The general understanding is that if you have issues concerning breathing you may need to look into additional filtration systems for your home whereas if you are healthy and not suffering immediate problems your existing system is obviously providing for your needs.
Air filtration may be something you want to consider if you have young children in your home, as they are inherently more susceptible to inconsistencies in the air. It’s also important to consider that by their nature allergies become worse over time and develop over the course of your life, never improving or building a tolerance but rather becoming more noticeable each year. Therefore, the less exposure a person receives as a child to allergens increases the likelihood they will not have problems in years to come.
The elderly have the same concern as children when exposed to allergens for the same basic reasoning, but in reverse. The problem with the elderly and air management is they have been exposed over the course of their life to the pollutants potentially present in the air, so any allergies may be exacerbated from continued exposure. Elderly people may also have compromised immune systems which complicate their ability tolerate a pollutant which otherwise seems harmless to a young healthy person.
The bottom line is to discuss with your doctor what your needs may be and whether or not you need additional filtration comparative to what your home’s HVAC system is capable of providing. It may turn out that you only need a touch of extra filtration seasonally but don’t require it throughout the year. Ideally, fresh air inside will prepare you for extended time spent outdoors.