HEPA filtration is an effective defense in the fight against allergy triggers. High Efficiency Particle Air filtration was originally developed during WWII to prevent discharge of radioactive particles from nuclear reactor facilities. These filters have been perfected over the last 60+ years and are now available in various portable forms to protect you and your family. Allergen particles are microscopic and are measured in microns. For example, dust mite allergens measure at 20 microns, and cat allergens are 1/10 the size. A true HEPA will filter 99.97% of allergen particles down to 0.3 microns.
Use true HEPA filters only! Not HEPA like.
1. Purchase air cleaners for the bedroom and main living areas. It’s important to have a large enough capacity to ensure thorough airflow for the room size. Check the CADR or Clean Air Delivery Rate. The higher the CADR the larger the room size that can be cleaned. The American Lung Association and the EPA view CADR as the real test of an air cleaner’s effectiveness.
2. Upgrade your current vacuum to one with a HEPA filter attached. Most standard vacuum cleaners allow allergen particles to escape back into the air through the exhaust.
3.Other tips include using HEPA rated, or electrostatic filters for you furnace and have you ducts cleaned every 3 years.
Since getting rid of your beloved pet is probably not an option, care should be taken to reduce the effects of their allergens. It is best to KEEP THE PET OUT OF YOUR BEDROOM. A healthy owner makes for a happy pet. Bathing your dog every 2 weeks and your cat each week can reduce some of their surface allergens. Specially formulated cleaning products can be used as well for a temporary reduction in symptoms. Products containing tannic acid have been medically proven to denature dust mite and pet allergens, changing them to a non-allergic state. Use every 60 to 90 days. Removing carpet and replacing it with a hard surface may also help, since soft surfaces hold on to allergens.
Wash your hands after touching your pet and avoid touching your eyes or nose before doing so.
– Check pollen counts in your area to find out when they are high.
_ Keep your windows closed, and use air conditioning on these days.
*USE YOUR MEDICATIONS AS DIRECTED, TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS*
Dust mites are present in nearly all homes in areas where the relative humidity is greater than 50% for some portions of the year. They thrive in the dark, warm and humid environment found in pillows, mattresses, box springs, blankets, carpets and upholstery.
– Cover pillows, mattresses, and box springs in allergen impermeable encasings.
– Wash linens, pillows, & blankets in hot water (130`f) every 2 weeks.
– Remove carpeting if possible or vacuum with a hepa vacuum 1-2 times a week.
– Use window shades instead of heavy blinds and curtains.
Mold growth is encouraged by warmth and high humidity.
– Monitor levels of humidity. Keep humidity at 35-40%.
– Increase ventilation in damp areas that encourage mold growth.
– When mold is identified, use a mildewcide or bleach to kill growth and inhibit regrowth.
– Use air filters to trap particles in the vent system.
– Remove or avoid using carpets in the bathroom and basement.
*Run HEPA CLEANERS.