Best Asthma and Allergy Prevention Methods: What Can you Do?

According to recent reports, an estimated one in five Americans suffers from allergy or asthma symptoms. Allergies now rank 5th in the US in chronic diseases, and an estimated 8% of the US now suffers from asthma symptoms. Many believe this increase in asthma and allergy sufferers can be traced back to poor air quality. The triggers that cause asthma attacks and allergy flare ups, most often live in the air you breathe. Without realizing it, you are breathing in toxic airborne pollutants, which come from smoke, pet dander, inadequate ventilation and more.  If you or someone you know suffers from asthma or allergies, there are prevention options to choose from.

The Austin Air HM405 Allergy Machine is a proven option for the prevention of asthma and allergies. According to Michael Domon, Sales Manager at The Austin Group:

“When we took part in a medical study, we were confident the results would confirm what we at Austin have known for many years. The study, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, monitored a group of 225 children over a 12 month period, to determine how the use of our air cleaners could help to reduce the number of unscheduled hospital visits. The results were clear, for the children using our air cleaners, the number of visits was reduced by a remarkable 18.5%.”

These results were made possible by the air purifiers’ ability to ease asthma and allergy symptoms by reducing smoke, germs, allergens and more. The Austin Air Allergy Machine features a 3 speed control and cleans rooms up to 1,500 square feet.

Rated as Consumers Digest Best Buy, the IQAir HealthPro Plus Room Air Purifier System is the #1 home air purifier on the market. Used in hospitals and homes across the country, this home air purifier provides a healthier home environment for those dealing with severe asthma and allergies. Weighing 35 pounds for easy mobility, the IQAir reduces 99.97% of particles, contaminates and pollutants. The correct replacement filters are also available to ensure optimum performance levels are maintained.

Easy to operate and control, the Crane Digital Germ Defense Humidifier, provides relief from airborne allergens in the home. Offering the choice of cool or warm mist, the Crane Digital Germ Defense was recently featured in our Working Moms Review as an excellent prevention option for the allergy sufferer.

Many allergens can become trapped in your carpet causing flare-ups for millions of Americans, so regularly vacuum all carpets in your home with the correct filters, bags and belts for your vacuum cleaner.  Regularly replace air filters in your HVAC unit to improve the air quality in your home. Air purifiers will also help to reduce pet dander and other airborne particles.

Three Questions to Ask before Choosing an Air Filter

Air filtersNow is a perfect opportunity for seasonal home maintenance, such as changing your air filter. This is especially important during the fall season as many allergies begin to worsen. When it comes to buying the correct air filter for your house, there are three questions you should ask.

1.) What size do I need? The most difficult decision is often finding the correct air filter size for your home. When considering this, always keep in mind the difference between nominal filter sizes and actual filter sizes. What is the difference? According to Cartier King, our in-house air filter expert:

“Nominal sizes are used to help identify a filter’s size more conveniently.  The nominal size of a filter is usually rounded to the nearest complete inch.  The actual size of a filter is most often smaller than the nominal size and varies between different manufacturers.  For example, a 20x20x1 Filters Fast MERV 8 filter actually measures 19.56” x 19.56” x .75.  The best way to ensure that your filter will fit is to measure the opening of your unit (or your old filter) before you make your purchase.”

2.) Has my HVAC Unit been maintained properly? Be sure your air and furnace system is well maintained before installing a new filter. A system that has not gone under a regular maintenance schedule will negate any affect a new air filter can have in your home. You should also keep in mind that older systems are not usually designed for higher grade filters. Be sure to check with a professional about which type of filter you should use.

3.) Will this filter help my allergies? Not all air filters are specifically created for removing allergens in the air. If you suffer from severe seasonal allergies, installing a filter designed to remove many indoor allergens will be a wise decision. Consider the Filtrete Ultimate Allergen filter or the Filtrete Micro Allergen Air Filters, which will both effectively reduce many airborne allergens from circulating in your home. 

After carefully considering the answers to these three questions, you are ready to purchase your next air filter. As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our Customer Service department at 866-438-3458. Click below to view a video for how to properly install an air filter.

How do i install my air filter

Are You Ready for Fall Allergy Season?

Fall Allergy SeasonThe beginning of fall is a few short days away. For many around the country this is also the start of fall allergy season. Are you prepared? Do you have the necessary items to get the upper hand on your allergies? Here are a few products that will help in the battle against your allergies.

Lennox Whole House HumidifierHumidifiers.  Humidifiers provide moisture and help relieve allergy congestion. Having a humidifier on hand will help you manage your allergy symptoms better. Consider the Lennox Whole House Humidifier to control the issues caused by dry indoor air. This whole house system works with your heating and cooling systems to add moisture into your home. With an 18 gallon per day capacity, this humidifier can be used in homes up to 4,200 square feet.

Honeywell Air Purifier-HEPAAir Purifiers. The main battle against allergies starts with clean indoor air. Indoor allergens cause as many problems for allergy sufferers as outdoor allergens. Having an air purifier that is specifically designed to remove allergens will make this season easier for you to tolerate. The Honeywell HEPA Air Purifier is an allergen remover that reduces 99% of airborne pollutants such as pollen, mold and pet dander. This HEPA air purifier has SurroundSeal Technology that minimizes air leaks to ensure that air passes through the filter.

Miele vacuum Bags and Vacuum FiltersHEPA Vacuum Filters. Despite being an overlooked source of allergens in our home, the cleanliness of our carpet should never be ignored. Be sure to vacuum your carpet regularly with HEPA Vacuum Filters. The Miele Vacuum Bags and Vacuum Filters captures household dust, pollen and other allergens. This bag expands while vacuuming, making it flexible and tear-resistant. There are five vacuum cleaner bags and two Miele FJM replacement vacuum filters included in this package. Click here for a complete list of vacuum cleaner filters, bags and belts we sell.

An air filter is also effective to fight off allergies, as it is often the simplest defense we can use against it. Don’t wait for your allergies to strike first. Be proactive and take steps to prepare for allergy season today.