How Filtration Plays an Important Role in Allergy Defense

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Let’s talk indoor allergies. Most of us think that people with allergies suffer mostly during the spring and summer months. That’s not necessarily true. They also suffer during the winter months as well. Did you know that there is an estimated 50 million people who suffer with either indoor or outdoor allergies? Some suffer with both. If you suffer with indoor allergies, there are steps that you can take to help relieve the symptoms. The biggest challenge of course is in identifying the allergens that trigger the symptoms. Using proper filtration in your home is the first step in finding relief from whatever indoor allergen (dust, dust mites, molds, pet dander) that is making you miserable!

Whether you are stuck inside your home during the cold winter months or getting ready to start enjoying flowers blooming in the spring, having a high-efficiency media filter with a MERV rating of 11 or 12 in your furnace or air conditioning unit is a must! You want to be using an air filter that captures at least 99.97% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter, or larger.

One major trigger for indoor allergies is dust. If dust is your enemy, having a great media filter that will help remove particulates floating around in your home is the way to go.  Remember to use a damp cloth when dusting so that you aren’t just spreading the dust around, sending it airborne. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter also helps to capture the dust that has settled on your floors or carpets after dusting furniture. Also, keep those air vents and air returns clean. If you change your air filter at least every three months, you will help keep the air clean year round in your home. Another thing to consider is to have your heating and air conditioner units inspected and serviced every six months.

If you are having problems with humidity in your home, using a hygrometer to measure the humidity is helpful. You want the humidity level below 55%. If you live in a state where it is humid and sticky (like Florida), a dehumidifier might give you some relief.

Whatever indoor allergies you may suffer with, know that relief is just a filter away!  Defend yourself by finding out what will work best for you by visiting and start getting that well deserved good night sleep!

Allergies and You: Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Season

It’s that time of year when the temperature is warmer, the kids are getting out of school, and we’re out doing yard work or maybe even preparing for a vacation. But what if you have allergies like millions of other Americans? It can be a real drag. It affects your outdoor activities and can seemingly affect your entire life as well.  Oftentimes, you can feel like this time of year is no fun at all for you. But let me let you in on a secret, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways you can protect yourself from allergies and fight them off. But first, what exactly are allergies?

An allergy is characterized by the overreaction of the human immune system to a foreign protein substance (or allergen) that is either eaten, breathed into lungs, injected or touched. This overreaction often results in coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and a scratchy throat. In more severe cases however, it can also result in rashes, lower blood pressure, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks and even death. While there is no cure for allergies, you can still protect yourself from it.

Austin Air-Standard-Sandstone-HM405For those with severe allergies, the search for a product that works well for you can often be difficult. For many allergy sufferers, finding the right allergy treatment is an absolute necessity. Fortunately, allergy machines are ideal for severe allergy and asthma sufferers. With allergy machines such as the Austin Air Allergy Machine, you can get better sleep, experience less coughing and sneezing through the reduction of airborne allergens.

Allergies are offset a lot by air quality. The poorer the air quality, the worse your allergies are likely to get. This is where air quality test kits such as the Bio Scan Indoor Air Quality Test Kit comes into play.  It screens for common contaminants such as pollen and mold by pin-pointing what problems you are having with your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Electrostatic filters are very effective in trapping particles that would help to reduce or eliminate allergy and asthma symptoms. The Electrostatic Throw Away Filter is a cut-to-fit HEPA air filter that is designed to eliminate airborne pollutants and allergens.

Don’t you think you deserve to enjoy this time of year? You don’t have to suffer with allergies. You can fight them off with the tools you have available. Whether you purchase furnace filters, allergy machines or anything else, be sure to fight off your allergies this year and live happier this allergy season. Click on the image below to see more on how you can protect yourself against asthma and allergies.

Get a Jump on Allergy Season with New Air Filters

AllergiesEven though it’s mid-January it’s not too early to start thinking about the approaching allergy season. Whether you suffer from itchy eyes, sneezing, dry throat, or congestion, one possible solution is to change the air filters in your home. Normally we view outdoor air as the source of a lot of allergy or respiratory problems, but indoor air often has many contaminants that can negatively impact your health.

At Filters Fast, we sell several air filters that can prepare you for the upcoming allergy season:

Filters Fast MERV 13 Return Grille Air Filter

The Filters Fast MERV 13 Return Grille Air Filter – 5″ is 5 inches thick and comes in several different sizes to match your home. This return grille air filter reduces dust, dirt, pet dander, mold spores, and bacteria, and at least 90% of all particles between 1 and 10 microns in size. Measuring 5 inches in depth, this air filter fits standard 1 inch size and then extends 4 inches into your return, resulting in higher quality filtration.

Universal Room Air Conditioner Filter

The Universal Room Air Conditioner Filter removes harmful airborne allergens from your indoor air, including pollen, mold spores, bacteria, dust mites, and pet dander. If you’re suffering from asthma, allergies, and/or respiratory problems, this room vent filter is an ideal choice for your home. This universal filter is cut-to-fit and easy to use around your home.

With new air filters from Filters Fast, you can be prepared for the coming allergy season!