Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors.
Indoor allergens play a significant role in asthma attacks, according to the EPA.
We all know that filtering indoor air year round is important. Clean or replace air filter regularly. Note that some older systems cannot handle low air flow of the expensive allergen reducing filters. Consult the documentation for your unit or contact the vendor or manufacturer to find out what MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) filter rating is best for your system.
Carpet in your home is a magnet for allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores. Proper maintenance is key. Regular vacuuming, preferably a vacuum with a true hepa air filter, will help tremendously. Steam extraction cleaning has been documented to reduce allergens.
Avoid synthetic air fresheners
Many modern synthetic air fresheners release toxins and create indoor air pollution. Avoid using this type of air freshener, and opt for 100% natural fresheners like essential oils.
How does a True HEPA filter differ from HEPA-type filters?
To qualify as HEPA, the filter must meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy. (DOE-STD-3020-2015)
HEPA-like filters use similar construction to true HEPA filters, but do not perform to these standards.
Many newer HEPA-type filtered machines are specified as 99% at 2.0 microns – and are basically collectors of visible dust.
You have to watch the advertising and specifications very carefully. True HEPA filtration may cost a little more, but is worth every penny!