Sick Building Syndrome: There’s Something in the Air

Imagine this: you’re at work. You’re coughing, tired, dizzy and have a nasty headache on top of that. The thing is, after you leave, you feel better. Why is that? It may not always be that you’re just happy to leave the workplace. In fact, those are classic symptoms for Sick Building Syndrome (or SBS). SBS is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience health effects that appear to be linked to time spent inside a building, but no specific cause or illness can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or may be widespread throughout the building.

According to numerous studies, SBS is an increasing problem in the US and around the world. The main culprit behind SBS is inadequate ventilation, which could also occur if heating, ventilation and HVAC systems do not effectively distribute air in the building. With this problem increasing, and with allergy season in full swing, we can’t forget that we have a weapon to fight with – Air Purifiers. Air purifiers will help to reduce the spread of viruses, bacteria and other airborne contaminants that could seriously affect air quality. We have spotlighted two air purifiers that will help you fight off SBS and seasonal allergies.

The Virus Zero Portable Air Purifier (SP-PA4) is a lightweight purifier that neutralizes airborne allergies such as pet dander, tobacco smoke and dust mites. This small and lightweight purifier can sit on a desktop or even fit in your car’s cup holder. The Virus Zero Purifier treats up to 231 square feet of space and only uses 4 watts of power.

The 3M Filtrete Air Cleaner Purifier helps to purify the air in your office, by reducing airborne particles such as mold spores and pet dander. The 3M Filtrete Air Cleaner will reduce odor and captures microscopic allergens such as smoke, dust, smog particles and pollen. The 3M Filtrete Air Purifier releases filtered air from the top of the unit to increase air circulation.

With levels of indoor air pollution rising, we cannot underestimate the value of an air purifier. Consider this: air purifiers can also help you obtain a better night’s sleep by removing many of the allergens that keep us awake all night with an itchy or sore throat. Who wouldn’t want a better night’s sleep?

Filtrete Home Filtration: Clean Air and Water for All

We have to breathe; we have to drink water. It’s what we have to do to stay alive. Just like food, air and water is essential to life. We stop breathing or ingesting water, we simply stop living. Sadly due to many factors, oftentimes the water we drink and the air we breathe is not safe. Millions around the world die from water-related illnesses each year. None of us want to put our health at risk by drinking contaminated water or breathing polluted air. Preferably we would rather drink clean, pure water and breathe clean, fresh air. Who wouldn’t? The 3M Filtrete series of air filters and water hydration stations offer a great way to get that fresh air and clean water that you’ve always wanted. Below are a few products that will get you on track to having cleaner air and water in your home:

The Filtrete Ultra Allergen Air Filter is one of the best-performing furnace filters on the market. This filter will remove pollen, mold spores, smoke, household dust, bacteria and virus carrying particles. The Filtrete Ultra Allergen Air Filter provides better airflow than the Micro Allergen filter with 15% lower resistance.

The Filtrete Water Station- Four Bottle Water Filter allows you to filter and bottle your own water.  Just fill the Filtrete Water Station with water from your sink, and the Fast Flow Filter reduces sediment and the taste and odor of chlorine from your water. There’s no need to buy costly bottled water, which often is nothing more than filtered tap water anyway. By using the Filtrete Water Station to bottle your own water, you’ll be saving yourself money and saving the environment from the many plastic water bottles that go unrecycled each year. Also, for the entire month of April, you will receive free shipping with the purchase of this Filtrete Water Station.

The 3M Filtrete Air Purifier-Ultra Quiet  captures 96% of pollen, mold spores, dust mites, dust, bacteria and virus carrying particles from your air. Designed for small rooms, this air purifier is perfect for offices, dorm rooms, nurseries, small bedrooms, or anywhere you want to purify the air without hearing it. This 3M Filtrete Air Purifier also bears the government-backed Energy Star symbol for energy efficiency, meaning it saves energy, saves money and saves the environment.

While many of us take it for granted there are many that do not have clean water to drink or clean air to breathe. In appreciation of World Water Day, let us not forget those who do not have access to clean water. Let’s chip in to do our part, to truly make clean air and clean water for all.

Kick the Smell of Smoke with Filters Fast

We’ve all been there.  You go into a place where the smell of smoke permeates the room. That fresh air you breathe has been replaced by the smell of tobacco/cigarette smoke. It’s suffocating.  It seems that no matter where you go you just can’t get away from that smell. Many people hate the smell of smoke while others just cannot tolerate it. For those with asthma or any other kind respiratory problems, the smell of smoke is damaging. Today is No Smoking Day, a day in which people from around the world try to kick the habit of smoking to lead healthier lives. Here at Filters Fast, we want to help you kick the smell of smoke with these products:

The Blueair 500/600 Series SmokeStop Filters are primarily designed to filter tobacco smoke, acid gases, ammonia and other gaseous contaminants.  It will also filter dust, pet dander, bacteria and other airborne allergens as well. The Blueair 500/600 Series SmokeStop filters utilize a high concentration of granular carbon for increased efficiency. This means that these filters deliver a higher airflow in cubic feet per minute than previously released SmokeStop carbon filters.

The Whirlpool Air Purifier Whispure 250 is a home air purifier which filters dust, smoke, allergens and other contaminants in your air. This air purifier is made to filter and clean the air in small to medium-sized rooms up to 320 sq. ft., making it ideal for offices, bedrooms, nurseries, etc. The Whirlpool Air Purifier Whispure has a built-in handle that allows easy mobility.

The IQAir HealthPro V5-Cell Air Filter Replacement removes odors, gases and smoke from your air. It also traps dirt, dust and other contaminants. The V-shaped carbon media chambers allow for a higher airflow than standard flat carbon filters. This is a replacement for the IQAir HealthPro Air Purifier and the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

Let’s all lead healthier, happier lives by replacing the smell of smoke with fresh air.

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