Can Air Purifiers Help Your Spring Allergies?

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If you’re like me, you know if you have environmental allergies. Several years ago, I was tested to confirm what I already knew, because every spring and fall, I could barely breathe even while indoors. While I have other indoor allergies, such as to dust mites and mold, nothing compares to the onslaught of the pollen from blooming trees, grasses, and other pollens wafting through my home.

My husband, who claims he doesn’t have allergies and hardly ever has a sniffle, finds himself with watery eyes and sneezing a bit during the spring.  And to add insult to injury, we are currently spending even more time in our home because of COVID-19.

Allergies exacerbate my asthma, which can be particularly bad when I am sleeping. I am diligent about keeping the bedroom vacuumed and the beddings and throw rugs clean. Although I didn’t test positive for being allergic to dogs, I have two dog beds for Dixie so that I can always have a clean bed for her. She does smell like a dog, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Two years ago, I purchased Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier for my bedroom, which has been nothing short of life-altering. I was a complete skeptic that it could have any impact, but I am sleeping through the night without being stuffed-up. When I take a deep breath, the air feels clean, and honestly, the dog smell is completely gone. Even my husband noticed the difference.

How Can an In-Room Air Purifier Make a Difference?

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At a base level, an air purifier should have a True HEPA filter. An in-room air purifier with a True HEPA filter captures up to 99.97% of allergens from the air that passes through the filter measuring as small as 0.3 microns and larger. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that ensuring healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by minimizing indoor air pollutants is important. Poor IAQ can have serious repercussions on an individual’s health. Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to pollutant exposure. Health effects include respiratory problems (including asthma), chronic fatigue, headaches, and cancer.

Some common home air pollutants measuring 0.3 micrometers or greater than can be captured by a True HEPA filter are pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, and bacteria.

If you’re going to buy an in-room purifier, it makes sense to purchase one that does more than what a True HEPA filter alone can accomplish. Enter Sharp’s patented Plasmacluster Ion (PCI) air purification technology. The Plasmacluster Ion technology mimics nature’s cleaning process, by splitting water molecules into positively and negatively charged ions, which spread throughout the room and actively break down pollutants like germs, airborne and surface-adhering bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses and clinging odors, and then return to the air as water vapor.

COVID-19 facts on pollutants.

When tested in a closed laboratory setting, Sharp Plasmacluster Ion technology has been proven effective in reducing the following:

  • Certain viruses, including MS2 (90.3% reduction). MS2 is a viral stimulant and surrogate in laboratory testing for many common infectious microorganisms such as influenza and smallpox.
  • Certain bacteria including: E. Coli (94.0% reduction), Staphylococcus Epidermidis (84.3% reduction), Serratia marcescens (89.7% reduction)
  • Certain common molds and fungus, including Penicillium Citrinum (87.7% reduction),
  • Aspergillus Niger (85.8% reduction)

Sharp Plasmacluster Ion technology is proven effective in reducing odors such as cigarette smoke, cooking smells, and pet dander that conventional filters don’t reach that are embedded in carpets, drapery, and furniture.

All of Sharp’s air purification systems have True HEPA filters. Unlike most home air purifiers with HEPA filters needing to be changed every few months, the True HEPA filters in Sharp’s air purification units only need to be replaced every two to five years, depending on the unit.

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FPK50UW
Sharp HEPA Air Purifier with Plasmacluster® Ion Technology for Medium Rooms (FPK50UW)

A breath of fresh air in any medium-sized room, the Sharp FPK50UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a three-stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. The micro screen pre-filter for larger particles is washable and helps to extend the life of your filters.

Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!) The FPK50UW air purifier is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room.

“Plasmacluster Express Clean” gives you sixty minutes of high-density Plasmacluster Ion production and high-fan speed for an extra boost of clean when you need it, and a hands-free return to the prior mode when complete. The unit has LibraryQuiet™ operation (as quiet as 22 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR® rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.

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FPA80UW
SHARP HEPA AIR PURIFIER WITH PLASMACLUSTER® ION TECHNOLOGY

The Sharp FP-A80UW Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration is ideal for large and extra-large rooms in your home. This air purifier model effectively reduces pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, germs, bacteria, viruses, odors, mold, and fungus in your living space. There is a dual stage filter system including an activated carbon filter and long-life True HEPA filter, which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air that passes through it. Patented Plasmacluster Ion Technology disperses positively and negatively charged ions throughout the room to safely break down microorganisms and odors (even those trapped in fabric, carpeting, and drapery!). It is an ideal solution for allergy sufferers, asthmatics, pet owners, and smokers, and best used in a bedroom, living room, study, or exercise room. There are 3 manual fan speeds. The air purifier unit has LibraryQuietTM operation (as quiet as 29 decibels, or the sound of rustling leaves) and is ENERGY STAR(R) rated, so you can run the unit continuously while saving money and energy.

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KC850U
SHARP PLASMACLUSTER® AIR PURIFIER WITH HUMIDIFYING FUNCTION

The Sharp KC-850U Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier with True HEPA Filtration and Humidification offers a unique combination of air treatment technologies and a one-touch automatic air quality control system to make you and your family more comfortable all year round. The automatic air quality control system of this medium-sized room humidifying air purifier uses sensors to constantly monitor the air quality in your room, adjusting for air purity and optimum humidity level, and will also indicate when filters should be cleaned.

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