Product of the week: 3M Filtrete Air Purifiers

3M filtrete ultra clean air purifierThe groundhog said it would be an early spring this year, and many of us have already begun to see the sun through the clouds these last few days. That means it’s time for spring cleaning to commence, and cleaning up your indoor air should definitely be a part of your spring cleaning routine. The pollen is on it’s way, but you can help prevent allergies before they start with a good air purifier.

So we’ve chosen several Filtrete room purifiers as this week’s featured products.

The 3M Filtrete Ultra Clean air purifier comes in two sizes to accommodate large or small rooms, and filters 99.9 percent of particles, including mold spores, dust mite debris, household dust, pet dander, odor carrying particles, virus carrying particles, smoke, smog, and, of course – pollen. This air purifier also features a filter change indicator light, reminding you when it’s time to change the filter. Its sleek contemporary design and quiet operation is likely to compliment any room in your house, without disturbing the peace.

The 3M Filtrete Ultra Quiet (FAP00-RS) air purifier is not only ultra quiet, as the name implies; it’s also 96 percent effective at capturing airborne particles smaller than 0.2 microns. Try the Filtrete FAP01-RS model for even more advanced purification. These air purifiers bear the government-backed Energy Star symbol; they are 44 percent more efficient than standard air cleaners and will reduce your energy bill, along with greenhouse gas emissions.

For a limited time, you can save $10 on any one of these indoor air purifiers with a Filtrete mail-in rebate.

But it doesn’t stop there. Filtrete is also offering a $6 mail in rebate on all of its filters that have an MPR rating of 1000 or higher. (This rating, similar to MERV, determines how efficient the filter will be at capturing small particles.) This includes the Filtrete Micro Allergen (Filtrete Red) Air Filter, the Filtrete Ultimate Allergen (Filtrete Deep Blue) Filter, the Filtrete Ultra Allergen (Filtrete Purple) Filter and the Filtrete Elite Allergen (Filtrete Black) Filter.

Filters for Kids – A Two-Part Series, continued

The wait is over.  Part two of the Filters for Kids series is here, so you can breathe easy. Well, almost. We suggest that you first make sure the air around you is safe…

Filters for Kids, Part Two: The Stuff We Breathe In

In the last post, I addressed the issue of contaminated water sources in schools and the health risks they pose to children. But water contamination is not just an issue in schools. Parents should take measures to ensure clean water for their kids at home as well. And not just clean drinking water. Clean bath water is also essential to good health.

Many water treatment facilities use chlorine as a disinfectant for public water sources. Bathing in chlorinated water can cause dry skin and damaged hair as the water is absorbed through the skin.  Inhaling the vapors in the air during a shower can also lead to respiratory problems, including asthma, after long-term exposure. This is especially dangerous for young children whose immune systems aren’t as strong as adults’. Perhaps you already have chlorine shower filters installed in your bathrooms. But if your child is too young to shower on his own, does that mean he has to suffer?

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater just yet.  The hand held Sprite shower filter for babies removes 99 percent of free chlorine, leaving skin soft and lungs healthy. It has an adapter that enables it to attach to the kitchen sink for newborn babies and infants, and as your child grows older, the Baby Shower easily connects to any shower arm with the enclosed bracket. Does your child prefer baths over showers? We’ve got that covered too. The Rainshow’r Crystal Ball Bath Dechlorinator removes up to 100 percent of free chlorine from bath water and is completely safe for infants.

Chlorinated water is not the only thing that increases the risk of respiratory problems. Asthma is common in young children who are exposed to air pollution on a regular basis. Dust, pollen, mold spores, smoke, pet dander and other irritants easily get trapped in homes, causing allergies and other problems after long-term exposure. Parents can ensure their children have access to clean air in the home with an air purifier. Both the Whirlpool Whispure and 3M Filtrete Ultra Quiet air purifier models are ideal for a baby’s nursery or a child’s bedroom.

3M Filtrete Vacuum Filters, Bags and Belts

Spring is in the air, and so are all of the micro allergens that come with it.  A household spring cleaning routine that involves a lot of sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes may be a sign that it’s time to replace not just your home’s air filter, but your vacuum cleaner filter, too.  Filters Fast, a leading online retailer of air and water filters, now offers replacement vacuum bags, vacuum filters and vacuum belts compatible with several brands including Eureka, Bissell, Dirt Devil and Hoover.

Replacing the vacuum filter and bag improves suction power so the vacuum is better able to trap particles like dust mite debris, pollen, grass and pet dander, improving indoor air quality.  The 3M Filtrete filter line produces replacement vacuum filters and vacuum bags made with the same micro allergen and HEPA filter media that the company also uses to make air filters.

Vacuum bags made with micro allergen filter media capture 94 percent of particles larger than one micron in size, such as dust mite debris, grass and ragweed pollen.  They also capture 57 percent of particles between 0.3 and 1 micron including household fibers and other allergens.  Filters Fast carries Bissell and Dirt Devil brand-compatible bags and filters as well as Hoover vacuum bags and Eureka vacuum bags and filters made with micro allergen media.  They also offer compatible Electrolux, Kenmore and Panasonic vacuum bags. The vacuum bag should be replaced every one to two months.

3M Filtrete also makes bags and filters with an advanced HEPA vacuum filter media which helps trap 99.97 percent of all airborne pollutants which are 0.3 microns or larger in size.  These include mold spores, pet dander, grass and ragweed pollen and other allergens.  Filters Fast carries HEPA vacuum bags and filters compatible with Eureka, Dirt Devil and Hoover vacuum cleaners.  The HEPA replacement filter should be changed every six months or sooner if there are children, pets or frequent allergies.

Vacuum cleaner belt replacement should be done every six months to ensure optimum performance. Filters Fast also carries 3M Filtrete replacement vacuum belts, compatible with several brands, including Eureka, Bissell, Dirt Devil and Hoover vacuum belts.