Today is my birthday, and I have been waiting to share this particular post with you on my special day. You see, I have had allergies most of my life, and I had to have weekly shots for years. Last year, the respiratory issues got severe and I had to step up the medications, and finally my doctor came to the conclusion that I have developed allergy induced adult onset asthma. Which is not fun at all.
When we first moved into our current home, we were excited to find washable air filters, which we thought would help my allergies. Except they didn't. We could wash them weekly, and they'd be dirty, but the house would still be full of dust. So, we had to find another alternative. The solution we found (and the reason I was SO excited to participate in this specific tour) was the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M (which captures 94 percent of large airborne particles, such as household dust, pollen and mold spores, from the air passing through the filter. It also captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles, such as smoke, smog and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses, than ordinary fiberglass filters). We found them in a size that replaced our washable kind, and we can swap them out quarterly, and they have made a huge difference! I still have to use my asthma meds when I am outside more frequently, but my breathing indoors has improved tremendously. The dust in the house was also dramatically reduced. These filters do what filters are supposed to do.....they FILTER and catch the nasty stuff in the air so we don't have to breathe it in! If someone in your family suffers from allergies, and you aren't using these, I strongly suggest giving them a try. At our local hardware store, these were a few dollars more than the ordinary filters, but those made no difference for us, and these have saved me a lot more than those few dollars in reduced allergy medication alone!
Filtrete and Mom Central were kind enough to share the following information with me that I wanted to pass along to you: Since most people with allergies develop them during childhood, Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), shares the ABC's to help maintain a healthier home environment for children:
* A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child's bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
* B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air. These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
* C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don't neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.
For more healthy home living tips, money saving offers, filter change reminders and more, Moms can register to receive seasonal e-newsletters through the Clear Advantages program by visiting www.Filtrete.com. You can also get these and more by following them on Twitter at @Filtrete.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”