Is Your Indoor Air Affecting Your Allergies?

Staying indoors during allergy season may seem like a good strategy when you have allergies, but indoor air can be just as irritating to allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website, “dust mites, animal dander and even cockroaches can cause problems indoors.”

Dust mites are a chief culprit for allergy sufferers, affecting up to 8 out of 10 Americans. The best way to control dust mites is to minimize their effect  by keeping all surfaces in the home clean, and by minimizing clutter. The AAFA recommends eliminating carpet altogether, or at a bare minimum to use only washable throw rugs or a low-piled carpet. The AAFA goes on to say that:

The single most important method is to put zippered allergen impermeable or plastic covers on all pillows, mattresses and box springs. Encasing mattresses works better than air cleaners to reduce allergy symptoms. Every week, wash bedding, uncovered pillows and stuffed toys in hot water (130 degree F.) to kill mites.

Animal dander is another culprit, impacting up to 6 out 10 people in the U.S. Doctors recommend not having pets if you are allergic to pet dander. If you must have a pet, first take a break from the animal, either by vacation, or keeping the pet out of the house for at least two months, since pet dander can linger in homes that long. The AAFA recommends slowly introducing the pet back into the home, and seeing if symptoms are attributable to the pet. If so, they advise carefully considering if the pet is worth the discomfort. They also recommend keeping the pet out of your bedroom, and perhaps choosing a pet without fur or feathers.

By vacuuming once or twice a week using a HEPA filter or double-bagged vacuum, some allergens can be controlled. Also cleaning dust with a damp cloth is another good method for keeping irritating particles at a minimum in the home.

Keeping moisture out of the home wherever possible can help control mold, which is another offending allergen. Also keeping only a few house plants and using a dehumidifier will help as well.

Cockroach debris is another culprit that reduces indoor air quality. Following recommended methods for controlling cockroaches can limit the effects of their debris.

Finally, running air conditioning in warm weather, recycling the indoor air, goes a long way to control outside allergens from entering the home. Window unit filters should be changed often. Also, air purifiers and cleaners can help to keep allergens at a minimum.

Plane Clean Air Filter from Filters Fast

With the recent outbreak of H1N1 (also known as swine flu), many are fearful of travelling, especially when flying across international borders. That being said, there are precautions you can take when flying. CNN and MSNBC recently ran this article, which advocates using the Plane Clean Air Filter to protect against airborne contaminants while flying.
The Plane Clean Air Filter has been tested in an FDA certified lab and is shown to remove 99.5% of all airborne bacteria, viruses and allergens from your airstream. It mounts easily to the overhead gasper nozzle in most planes. The air from these nozzles passes through an electrostatically-charged filter media that is capable of removing viruses, bacteria and other particulate matter from an air stream. The filter fits Airbus, Boeing, and other manufacturer’s nozzles that have similar shapes to Boeing and Airbus.
Air flow velocity can be controlled by rotating the housing which in turn rotates the gasper. Once the desired air flow rate is achieved, the air stream can be directed onto the user’s face by turning the air exit nozzle.
At the end of the flight, the filter can be detached easily and placed in its storage case. Replacement adhesive gaskets and filter media can be purchased when required. Filter replacement packs come with a single replacement filter and two (2) adhesive gaskets good for a total of 10 flights for only $6.95 (or about $0.70 per flight).
Learn more about the Plane Clean Air Filter here.
See a video of the Plane Clean Air Filter here.