Way back in my teenage years, I suffered so badly from hay fever but somehow, I kinda (almost) grew out of it. Whilst I don’t get symptoms as bad these days, I do still suffer when pollen levels start to rise.
But it’s not just me I have to think about in the household as other family members do still suffer from hay fever, and asthma. Having to take antihistamines on a daily basis to deal with allergies is debilitating when it comes to daily life, which starts from as early as February through to the end of the Summer months.
Add to this, over the past couple of years spending more time indoors (with various lockdowns and working from home, for example), it’s meant that allergies caused by indoor pollution are on the rise too.
Whilst you can do simple things like keeping your environment clear of clutter, vacuuming often (especially if you don’t have hard floors) and generally having good indoor hygiene, you can also support this with an air purifier like the Hoover H-Purifier 700.
How Air Purifiers Make Allergens Easier To Manage At Home
The H-Purifier 700 is British Allergy Foundation recommended and the triple layer filtration removes 99.97% of allergens such as pollen, dust, pet hairs and bacteria.
It also absorbs fumes such as cooking smoke and cigarette smoke which can be useful if you have minimal ventilation, or like me, your ventilation is connected to other properties in your building.
As for hay fever, the air purifier pulls in and traps pollen from the air, before neutralising it, making them harmless for allergy sufferers and ensuring that your home is a place where you don’t need to suffer the symptoms.
Hoover H-Purifier 700 Review
H-Purifiers by Hoover are ideal for allergy sufferers. They work quickly and efficiently, being able to purify the air of a 20 sq m room in just 10 minutes. The HEPA (H13) filter also has a unique treatment to capture and inactivate allergens and pollen.
As I see it, on days where going outdoors will only make you feel worse, you at least want to know your own home is a sanctuary.
How Easy Was It To Set Up?
Once the Hoover H-Purifier 700 was out of the box, I downloaded the hOn app to my phone, created an account and followed the on screen instructions to connect the H-Purifier 700 to WiFi and then pair to the app.
If ‘one more app’ is something you don’t want, I’m pretty sure you can use the air purifier without it, through the buttons on the panel of the device. They’re super handy for making quick changes too, when needed, like turning on the diffuser.
What Are The Different Modes?
The two modes we use the most are auto, and sleep. Auto means the device detects the air quality and sets the fan speed.
The light around the panel of buttons illuminates as either red (poor), orange (moderate), yellow (good) and green (excellent) and once it stays in the green mode for more than 30 minutes, the air purifier automatically goes into stand-by mode. Standby mode switches off the fans, with the sensors continuing to monitor air quality, reactivating if it deteriorates again.
When there’s limited airflow in the room, especially at night, the sleep mode is fantastic. It’s quiet and discreet but produces movement of air for a comfortable nights sleep.
You can also control the modes manually, with various fan speeds, or set a program through the app for when sleep and auto mode come on and off.
Hoover H-Purifier 700 Additional Features
One benefit of having the hOn app is the alerts that you can get. These include:
- C0 alert – detects Carbon Monoxide and VOC gas.
I actually tested the sensors using an aerosol and it picked it up quickly and resolved the air quality quickly too. It’s also worth noting that using candles and sir fresheners in your home could actually be adding to the problem rather than improving air quality. Chemicals in them can exacerbate asthma and wheezing for example.
The Hoover H-Purifier 700 also has the following features:
The diffuser uses the H-ESSENCE essential oils collection various intensities to suit your preferences. You can also get the H-BIOTICS mix, which is a natural blend made of probiotics that can be diffused in the air to make objects and surfaces more hygienic.
One of the most recent alerts we had through the app was for the humidifier, when the water tank needed cleaning / refilling. It’s worth noting that it does require distilled water*, but you should be able to get that pretty cheaply from your local pharmacy.
My Experience With The Hoover H-Purifier 700
The Hoover H-Purifier 700 is currently living at my mums place, as she has the most allergies / asthma etc. Her place is open plan (as is mine) so everywhere except the kitchen and bathroom are in the same space.
Over the weeks we’ve been using it, it’s really proven to be useful especially with some recent damp issues and allergy symptoms are lower than ever.
Whilst the damp situation is being resolved, the air purifier has been actively keeping the air quality at satisfactory levels. We turned it off for a while one day to test, and when we turned it back on the air quality was poor but it took less than 20 minutes to get back to ‘good’ air quality.
One of the most important factors with using the air purifier has been the electricity usage, With prices escaping dramatically recently, adding an appliance with high energy consumption doesn’t seem smart. However, over the weeks we’ve been using the Hoover H-Purifier 700, there has been no significant increase in kilowatt hour (kWh) usage.
However, the Hoover H-Purifier 700 has been so useful, if it did use more energy, we would have to find ways to cut down other usage to keep using this!
More Ways To Reduce Pollen Exposure & Improve Air Quality At Home
As well as using an air purifier, there are a few more things to you can do to reduce exposure to pollen and improve your air quality at home.
- Monitor the pollen calendar at: Weather and climate change. If possible, avoid spending too much time outdoors when the pollen count is extremely high.
- Keep your home clean. Good indoor hygiene can greatly cut down on dust and pet hairs. Vacuum any carpets and rugs at least twice a week or opt for hard-surface flooring, as it’s easier to keep clean.
- Don’t hoard. Where you can, keep clutter to a minimum because it traps and holds dust that can trigger reactions.
- Keep you windows closed at night.
- Air your bedding daily, and give it a good shake out.
- Shake clothes worn outdoors, outside. Don’t leave them near your bed and wash your hair every day, especially before you go to sleep… otherwise you can breathe pollen in all night.
Have you considered getting an air purifier for your home?