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What are electrostatic air cleaners? Are they helpful to have if you have asthma and allergies?

Electrostatic air cleaners work by passing air over an electrical charge. This causes particles in the air to stick to metal surfaces in it. It removes them from the breathing zone. These metal surfaces need to be cleaned.

Despite manufacturer’s claims, these air purifiers may not remove allergens from the air. Avoid any air purifiers that produce ozone. This is a gas that can irritate the respiratory tract including the lungs.

Air filters that remove small particles (e.g., high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters) effectively remove allergens. These include pollen, mold spores, and animal dander, among others. These filters do not pose any ozone concerns. To work effectively, regularly clean or replace filters.

Finally, there is an excellent resource available: “Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know”. It includes information about the asthma & allergy friendly ® Certification Program. It helps people make informed decisions when purchasing products for their home.

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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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how do we get these Allergy, Asthma, CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®, Indoor Air Quality air cleaners when our asthma has caused us severe disability and cant afford this equipment on our SSDI income ?? Grants? funding from an agency? I need help getting these things for my home and can not afford it

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