Air Purifier vs. Dehumidifier: Which is Best for Allergy Relief? | Moore Heating

The Air Purifier vs. the Dehumidifier: Which is Best for Allergy Relief?

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The quality of the air you breath makes a significant difference in the quality of life you enjoy in your home. Air purifiers and dehumidifiers each serve a different purpose in improving the quality of your indoor air, especially during the long Anchorage winters. These two devices are the most commonly used to help alleviate indoor allergies. Which one is going to work best for you will depend on the type of allergies you have and the type of issue your home has.

What does an air purifier do?

Air purifiers circulate a home’s air through a filter, which traps smoke, pollen, dust mites, and other contaminants. Thus the air moving through your home is cleaner and easier to breathe. An air purifier can be installed in the ductwork of your HVAC system to clean the air of your whole house, or a smaller, portable unit can clean the air in a particular room.

What does a dehumidifier do?

A dehumidifier makes it difficult for mold, dust mites, or mildew to grow by taking water out of the air. A whole home system can be installed as part of your HVAC system.

Is an air purifier or a dehumidifier better for your allergies?

Like we mentioned above, the answer to that question often depends on the condition of you home and they type of allergies you have.

An air purifier might be right for you if:

  • Your home doesn’t have that musty mold smell
  • Odors from cooking, pets or smokers lingers and irritates eyes and lungs
  • You or someone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies
  • Your home has the recommended humidity levels

A dehumidifier might be the answer if:

  • You live along the coast, like say here in Anchorage
  • There is an excess of moisture or condensation on your windows or pipes
  • Your home has the musty smell of mold, mildew, or fungi
  • You have respiratory problems made worse by moisture heavy air

If you want the benefits of both the air purifier and the dehumidifier you do not have to choose between the two. We can install both systems for you within your HVAC system. If you are wondering what the humidity levels are in your home, we would be happy to come out and take a look for you.