Enter the Clean Air Zone!

Politicians and lay people alike both talk and argue about the effects of the environment on Americans. Clean air and clean living have become trendy issues in the past decade. Green homes, recycling, and hybrid cars are just a few of the ways that people can help make our air a little bit cleaner. With harsh effects of polluted air such asthma and other respiratory problems, it is now more important than ever to protect yourself against the dangerous effects of polluted air. One organization, the Clean Air Task Force, is doing just that.

The Clean Air Task Force is based out of Boston and was formed in 1996. Their primary goal is outlined as such: “To enact federal policy to reduce the pollutants from America’s coal-fired power plants that cause respiratory death and disease, smog, acid rain, and haze.” This group of researchers, advocates, and private sector contributors are working towards getting the American people to truly understand the negative health effects that coal and diesel emissions have.

For example, diesel trucks can pose a serious health risk to pedestrians as it is emitted at ground level. As the CATF explained, “Diesel exhaust is comprised of microscopic carbon soot particles that act to absorb metals and other toxic substances in the exhaust. When inhaled by humans, these tiny, toxic-laden particles cross the blood barrier from lungs into the bloodstream, delivering the toxics to internal organs and leading to inflammation and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases…”

Diesel exhaust leads to approximately 400,000 asthma attacks a year. To get an idea of how much diesel exhaust is released by a local school bus, check out these videos. The first shows an ordinary school bus, while the second is fitted with a diesel filter.

The diesel filter makes a huge difference in the amount of emissions released into the air. The same goes for your indoor air quality. As the CATF has shown us, air pollution is a serious problem and has significant health effects on Americans today. If you are concerned about pollutants and allergens in your home, it is important to equip your home with the proper filters. It is paramount that you change your HVAC filter regularly, and a higher MERV rating, the better. These filters will help to remove particles and mold spores, keeping them out of the air you breathe.

Another way to protect the air you breathe inside your home is to use an air purifier. These will assist in the removal of bacteria and germs that are found in your home, protecting you and your family from sickness. While solving the world’s pollution problems may be very far off, cleaning the air in your home is an inexpensive way for you and your family to stay healthy. While the CATF does their part, it is important that we do ours!

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.

What Will You Do With the $250 Facebook Giveaway Prize?

The Facebook giveaways are drawing to a close, but before they end, we want to hear from all of our Facebook fans:

What will you do with the $250 Visa gift card grand prize? (That is, if you win…)

We have launched a new poll (to the right) where you may cast your vote. The options are:

1. Pay your water bill.

2. Buy a new water filter system (from Filters Fast, of course!)

3. Buy an air purifier

4. Give it away to a water charity

5. Other

Of course you don’t have to do any of these things. These are just our suggestions. We have included “other” as an option, in case you have a better idea. All we ask is that if you choose “other”, please specify what you will do in a comment on our Facebook page. We have also given you the option to choose more than one answer – in hopes that your water bill is significantly less than $250 (as it should be, if you’re doing your part to conserve and take care of our planet!)

If you have read this far and have no idea what we’re talking about, click here to see how you can enter to win $250 and more with Filters Fast!

Happy polling!