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Use Air Filters and Common Sense for Allergy Relief

Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? If you are one of the millions of people that do, air filters and air purifiers provide much needed relief. Do you have smokers in the house? Air filters or air purifiers get rid of smoke and odor in your home. Different filters will accomplish different goals so you wouldn't purchase the same filter for both problems mentioned above. Before you buy, consider what kind of allergens or particles you are trying to remove. There are a variety of technologies used in room air cleaners including ionization, ozonation, electrostatic precipitation, ultraviolet light, mechanical filtration and odor absorption.

An air cleaning system with a paper air filter works somewhat like coffee grounds, collecting in the coffee filter. Your air purifiers will generally have a filter that collects the particulates and gases in the air. As they get more and more clogged they actually can remove more particles and become more efficient, however, less air is passing through them also. If your unit has electrostatic plates, they get clogged with dust and need to be cleaned often or they won't be efficient at all. The Ionic Breeze works somewhat this way giving the particles an electrostatic charge. Both systems work well; it is what you prefer for your home. If the air is too humid, a dehumidifier will lower the chances of mold and mildew growth.

If you are allergic to dust mites, do some research and find exactly what kind of unit you need you're your particular allergy problem. Controlling the air quality and climate of your home may sound daunting, but it is actually not that difficult to achieve and can lead to substantial health benefits. Take the time to consider the quality of air that you are breathing. Is it the best it can be for you and your family, or could it be improved with air filters or air purifiers?

Air filters are great, but you might also want to consider changing your surroundings if you really have allergy problems. Dust mites, molds, animal dander, and insect debris are difficult to thoroughly clear from the environment. However, it really is easier and quicker to clean a hard surface such as wood, tile, vinyl, or leather than it is to clean all those nooks and crannies found in carpet, fabric, or other soft surfaces. Your bedding also needs to be as clean as possible. You might want to only use fabrics that can be repeatedly washed in hot water. Avoid down blankets or pillows and enclose your mattress in plastic.

Have the air ducts of your air conditioning system cleaned every year. Think twice before getting a dog or cat and indoor plants may promote mold growth. You might want to sleep with a brick under the head of the bed allowing sinus drainage. Use a HEPA vacuum frequently if you still have carpets in the house. Definitely stay away from smoke and keep the windows closed at high pollen times of the year. These are only a few tips to keep the quality of your air as clean and clear as possible for you and your family. You are the one in control of your health.

Mae Marshall is a successful freelance writer offering guidance and suggestions for consumers buying portable air conditioners, ceiling fans air filters and more. Her many articles can be seen at She gives information and tips at to help you save money and make informed buying decisions.

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