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Smarter Health: Clean Air Fights Allergies

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Because of the balmy winter we're having experts are calling for an early and possibly severe upcoming allergy season. It's best to start now to arm yourself against those pesky allergens.   

Your first line of defense is to become familiar with the term HEPA. You'll find this term associated with air filters, air purifiers, and vacuum cleaners. HEPA is an acronym for "high efficiency particulate air". Basically HEPA is a type of filter that can trap a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners or air purifiers would simply recirculate back into the air.

There are different types of HEPA filters available in products. What you want is True or Absolute HEPA, which adheres to the highest standards. HEPA-like filters or HEPA-type filters usually cost less and though they may look like their HEPA counterparts and may even be made like them, they can't filter as well and don't meet the highest standard.

Before allergy season really gets underway, arm yourself with a True HEPA air purifier and HEPA vacuum cleaner. (I have the air purifier in our bedroom, since we're in that room the most.) It's important to changer your filters--vacuum, air purifier, humidifier or dehumidifier, air conditioner-- frequently to keep the air in your home clean. I admit, I use to let this go in our home, until I got smart. I now buy several filters at once, and then set alarms on my phone to change the filters according to the package. That way, when I want to change the filter, I have spares in the closet.

Do you have allergies? What do you do to keep the air allergen free?

by on Feb. 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Not airborn allergies all of mine are to medications.

by on Feb. 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

wow i had no idea

by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

 None of us have allergies.

by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM
My son suffers the most from allergies. We have a big air purifier in the living room and a small one in his bedroom.
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by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 4:14 AM

i do and i hate it. Its almost imposible to keep the air allergen free around here. There are fields right outside my back door lol.

by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 7:50 AM

 Thank you for sharing this article. Very informative.

by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I'm allergic to lilacs and pennicillan...My girls are also allergic to pennicillan and 1 is allergic to honey...So we are pretty lucky to not have any allergys...My dd's boyfriend is allergic to almost everything it seems like...So we have to be very careful when he comes over....

by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

We do and we take Claritin and stay indoors when it is peak times

by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

We do have allergies (mostly seasonal) and we change the filters in our home often to help keep us breathing easy.  I would love to get an air purifier in my bedroom and my dd's but dh doesn't thing they are necessary. 

by on Mar. 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM
We all have allergies...they suck.
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