Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike April 18, 2015

xtreme hike logo updatedIt’s that time of year again when our CEO and Owner of FiltersFast.com, Ray Scardigno, will once again participate in the Charlotte, NC Chapter’s Xtreme Hike, on April 18, 2015. Having a personal connection to the cause and having made a commitment to help fight for a cure, Ray, representing Team FiltersFast.com, and a group of dedicated hikers, will join together hiking over 30 miles, to raise awareness and funds to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Approximately 30,000 people in the United States are currently living with Cystic Fibrosis with up to ten million more being carriers of the defective CF gene.  Cystic Fibrosis causes devastating damage to the lungs, sometimes leading to fatal infections, and digestive tract, preventing food from being absorbed and used properly.

One way the CF Foundation raises money is by holding a series of events across the U.S. known as the Cystic Fibrosis Xtreme Hike. Hikers embark on a journey across some of the most scenic terrain in the country, all with one goal and purpose in mind: to bring awareness to Cystic Fibrosis and raise money to search for a cure.

In the past five years, since the XTREME HIKE program began, the Charlotte chapter has raised more than $2.2 Million for vital CF research, care and education.

Please join us, as we support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, by making a donation to Ray’s Xtreme Hike on April 18, 2015.  FiltersFast.com will match each donation dollar for dollar up to $7,500!  For more information on Cystic Fibrosis and to learn more about this year’s Xtreme Hike, please visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To donate to Team FiltersFast.com‘s Xtreme Hike to battle CF, please follow this link:

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Basic Air Quality Facts & Indoor Air Quality Solutions

 

Air Quality

Air Quality Indexes (AQI) are numbers used by government agencies to help characterize the quality of air in different locations. I’m sure you have heard on your local news numerous times what the air quality will be for the day. When the AQI increases, you usually see or hear of people experiencing an increase of severe adverse health effects.

Air Quality Index

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It’s hard to believe that outdoor air quality is better than what we are breathing in our homes (indoor air quality), but unfortunately it’s true. During the winter months, we stay closed up in our air tight homes and the indoor allergens and pollutants are at their peak. Don’t panic!  Here are some indoor air quality solutions for improving your home air quality.

Clean Regularly

I know and totally understand that it’s easy to put off the chore of cleaning. However, it is important to clean regularly to reduce the allergens and irritants. Dust with a damp cloth, as it grabs the dust much better than a feather duster. Don’t forget the ceiling fan blades and the tops of your appliances. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and avoid using cleaning products with harmful vapors. 

Pet Care

Bathing and grooming regularly will help keep fur and dander under control. Don’t forget to wash the bedding frequently in hot water.

Circulate The Air

During the winter months, we aren’t able to open the windows to let fresh air circulate throughout the house. Turn on your ceiling fans to help move the air around. Turn on the exhaust fan to keep vapors, grease, and smoke from lingering.

Air Filters

Replacing your heating/cooling system’s air filter on a regular basis helps to minimize contaminants in the air, and helps to reduce stress on your system.

Minimize Moisture

Keepings the humidity level below 50% will help with mold and mildew buildup. If you don’t own a dehumidifier, you might consider purchasing one. FiltersFast.com (www.filtersfast.com) offers a good variety of dehumidifiers at great prices!

Smoke

Burning fireplaces or the wonderful  scent of a candle gives a home a warm and cozy feeling. The down side is that they can release pollutants that worsen the air quality and even trigger health problems. The best candle to use is non-toxic unscented soy.  Consider natural alternatives such as diffusers and vaporizers that use pure essential oils instead of chemicals. Use cured or dry wood in your fireplace and remember to have it cleaned regularly.

Air Purifier

If you are thinking that you need an air purifier in your home, be sure to select one that is appropriate for your room sizes and the level of purification required. Models range from small to house-wide systems.

By following these suggestions, you can feel confident that you and your family are breathing healthier air in your home. Don’t forget to visit www.filtersfast.com for all of your air filtration needs!

The Benefits of Air Purifiers

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Let’s talk about healthier indoor air quality. So many people suffer from respiratory ailments such as allergies, asthma, common colds, viruses and are searching for ways to get some type of relief.  We know that we can’t do much about the outdoor air, but with today’s technology, we certainly have options available for achieving better air quality in our homes.

Air quality is a huge factor in our overall health. Every day we are exposed to all sorts of pollutants and toxins, and over time this takes a toll on our body. Did you know that the air in your home can be five to ten times dirtier than outdoor air? With Americans spending an average of 90% of their lives indoors, clean air quality should be a high priority!

There are many air purifiers on the market to choose from. When trying to decide on an air purifier, make a list of what you want to achieve with it. Effectiveness varies from model to model. The makers of air purifiers tend to focus on what happens to the air, not how it affects the body. One of the main reasons people purchase an air purifier is to help control dust that is being inhaled in the home. Other reasons are to help control pet dander, odors (from pets, smoke and cooking fumes) as well as cleaning vapors.

People want to be able to sleep and breathe better in their home environment. Air purifiers are not miracle workers, but do reduce allergens and other irritants, improving air quality.   Some people see a direct health benefit more than others. Perhaps a reason for this may be mismatching between what type of air filtration is actually needed to what is being used?

If you are considering purchasing an air purifier, please visit www.filtersfast.com and search through our collection of air purifiers.