Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaners are designed to remove polluting and irritating particles from the air, so we've known for a long time that they make homes cleaner and more comfortable. Now, thanks to our customers, we're documenting how much healthier clean air makes many people feel.
With Dr. Hamburger's help we surveyed 1,400 people who, on their warranty return card, said that "allergy relief" was a primary reason for buying one of our electronic air cleaners. The people we sent questionnaires to had lived with the air cleaner for at least ten months, but not more than three years (through at least one allergy season, but not so long that they would not be able to recall the initial effects of the air cleaner on their allergy symptoms).
The results are impressive. So much so that they've been published in a leading allergy medical journal, and are summarized in the following pages. Even more gratifying than the statistics are the comments by people who took the survey. We've quoted their first-person experiences throughout this brochure.
Will a Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner (EAC) give you relief from your allergy symptoms? No one can guarantee that, because the degree of relief is dependent on many factors-including what you're allergic to, the severity of your allergies, and your lifestyle.
However, there is no question that a high efficiency EAC can significantly reduce the amount of dust and indoor air pollutants, including airborne allergens, present in almost every home.
And all of us, whether we have allergies or not, can breathe easier with cleaner indoor air. It's the way our homes should be.
Over 89% found allergy relief from a wide variety of irritants
"Besides helping materially with my allergies, there's no doubt the air cleaner keeps my whole house much cleaner so I hardly need to dust from week to week. My air cleaner is really my good friend."
Almost all of the people responding to the survey said they had allergic reactions to one or more of some of the most common indoor air pollutants: Pollen (87%), dust mites (68%), mold spores (63%), and pet dander (53%). How quickly did they feel the benefits of an electronic air cleaner?
A good night's sleep- and better days, too.
Four out of every five respondents said they found additional relief with an electronic air cleaner. Of those,
Relief from those "classic" symptoms
"During most of the winter my son would either have a stuffed or runny nose. Since we got the electronic air filter I see a very big difference in him-Allergies seem to have almost disappeared..."
We asked our respondents to check off all the symptoms they felt relief from.
71% gained relief with less medication
Among survey respondents taking medication for allergies, about 70 percent said they were able to reduce (and for some, eliminate) their medication after the EAC was installed. That's significant because Americans are estimated to spend over $2 billion each year on over-the-counter medications alone for allergy and asthma.
"I have not had to take medication since we installed the electronic air cleaner. I had forgotten how good they were until we were without one for four months after we moved..."
"Thank you! You changed my life."
How impressed with the benefits of their EAC were the people who took this survey?
Here's how the study's authors* summarize their findings:
"We conclude that the use of a high quality electronic air cleaning filter in the home is effective in reducing the morbidity, symptoms and medication usage, as well as reducing economic and social loss, due to allergy."
*Hamburger, Robert N., M.D., University of California, San Diego, Allergy Immunology Laboratory, and Mary Gould, Honeywell, Inc., Immunology & Allergy Practice, July, 1991, p. 297/37.
What you can't see can hurt you
See that sunbeam streaming in through your window? What you're really seeing is light reflecting off particles floating in the air. Unfortunately, what you see is only the largest one percent of all airborne pollutants in your home. The other 99 percent-roughly a million particles per cubic foot of indoor air-are invisible to the naked eye. What are they?
Dust mites, their carcasses and waste products. Pollen and spores from plants, mold and mildew. Tobacco and wood smoke from fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Cooking grease. Bacteria and viruses. Pet dander. Insecticide dusts...and more.
These airborne particles "trigger" many of the most common allergies. And, while many people try to escape these pollutants by going indoors, there is growing evidence that the risk from air pollution inside your house is considerably greater than the risk from air pollution outdoors.
Who is most at risk from indoor air pollution? Infants, children and the elderly. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Smokers and people on regular medication. And anyone who has an allergy or other respiratory illness.
Improving indoor air quality
There are three ways to improve the indoor air quality in your home: Source Control, Dilution, and Filtration/Air Cleaning.
As this chart shows, no one method can solve all of your potential indoor air pollution problems. Optimum relief requires a combination of all three.
Clearing the air about ozone
Ozone is a normal part of our atmosphere created naturally by the action of the sun on oxygen. It is also created by man as a common by-product of processes such as combustion, power generation and from the operation of common appliances such as electric hair dryers and sun lamps.
Like other appliances, high efficiency electronic air cleaners will produce trace levels of ozone when they are running. However, the typical range of ozone in homes with an electronic air cleaner is well below the level already occurring outside, as the following chart shows.
The science of electronic air cleaners
Some simple physics explains why electronic air cleaners are so effective. They use a principle called two stage electrostatic precipitation:
Honeywell offers both whole-house and portable room-size electronic air cleaners. Which is right for you? The best relief and value is provided by a central whole-house unit. If a whole-house unit is not practical, a portable room air cleaner placed in your bedroom is an excellent option.
"It's so much nicer than having to replace the filters (cost, etc.). Washing them is very easy."
Everyday benefits for all of us
The most important benefits from a high efficiency electronic air cleaner are a healthier, cleaner and more comfortable indoor environment for you and your family. There are other advantages, too.
The next step
Whole house Honeywell electronic air cleaners should be professionally installed. Both they, and Honeywell portable console electronic air cleaners, are available from Honeywell dealers.