What is an Allergy Filter?

Every day someone calls and asks about allergy filters. What is an allergy filter you ask. Well I guess it depends on what your allergic to.

There is not one filter just of allergies. There are air filters to take care of airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, mold, bacteria, animal dander, etc. There are water filters designed to remove heavy metals, chlorine, pesticides and other contaminates. Both take care of specific problems related to specific allergies.

More and more people are becoming aware of the problems associated with breathing dirty air. Because of this awareness the product offering of allergy filters for “airborne allergies” has exploded. We have HEPA, ULPA, UVC, Ozone, Ionizers, Photocatalysis and Radiant just to mention a few.  New ones are introduced boasting of this or that “new” technology.  They are designed specifically for the house, office, car, boat, plane and pet. You name it, someone has come out with an air filter for it.

Deciding which filter you need depends on what your trying to filter out. Read “ How to Evaluate Allergy Filters” it gives you a good idea of how the different type of “allergy filters” do. I personally have a good filter in my  AC, HEPA air cleaner in the bedroom and a UV system in the airhandler.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

AllergStore.com

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Holiday Seasons Equals Travel

It is holiday season and time to visit family and friends which means for many, long trips in the car. For those of us who don’t suffer from allergies it is not too big of a deal. We just get in the car and go. For those who suffer from allergies it can be a miserable time. Our cars are dust magnetic, They hold the dirt from our feet, pollen from our clothes, dust mites get in the upholstery and whatever else blows in from outside.

Before you leave there are a few things you can do to make the trip more enjoyable for the allergy suffer in the house.

  • Vacuum the car really good. That includes the carpets, floor mats, seats, dashboards and rear deck.
  • Don’t use one of those fragrance heavy carpet cleaners or air fresheners.
  • Spray the seats with allergen denaturing sprays like Allersearch ADMS or ADS spray.
  • After you have vacuumed keep the windows up to keep more stuff from blowing in.
  • If you car is equipped with a filtration system, have your mechanic replace the filter element.
  •  Keep the windows up while driving.

These are just a few things we do before hitting the road for those long trips.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

AllergyStore.com

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Pore Size – What does it mean

Quite often someone calls, their doctor told them to encase their
beds, they want to know what does “pore size” mean since it is an important
factor in controlling allergens form dust mites and animal dander. Keep in mind
you can’t see any of these allergens with the naked eyes.

The pore size is nothing more that the space between the individual
fabric fibers where they meet. The bigger the pore size the looser the fabric. Cotton
will always have a larger pore size than a cotton/poly blend or a 100% polyester.

Dust mite fecal matter and/or body parts (we don’t actually
breathe in whole dust mites) ar around 10 microns. Pet dander and mold spores
are about 3 microns. In order for a mattress encasing to be effective against
dust mites it needs a pore size of 10 microns or less and 3 microns or less to
be effective against mold and dander.

With that being said, all mattress encasing with a membrane are effective against dust mite, animal dander and mold allergens because they are water-proof. The non-membraned fabrics are effective against dust mite allergens and in some cases animal dander as well.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

AllergyStore.com

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