CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 7 With the fall weather comesragweed, mold and a host of other allergens. By simply changing the airfilters in their heating/air conditioning units, homeowners can dramaticallyincrease the level of comfort that they experience indoors.
"Even if you keep your windows closed, you're likely to carry in ragweedpollen on your shoes and clothes, which means allergy or asthma sufferers haveno real refuge. Plus, building interiors produce dust and other microparticlessuch as lint, smoke or mold spores. None of us should be breathing in thosesubstances," said Ray Scardigno, president of Filters Fast(http://www.filtersfast.com), a leading retailer of air filters and a 2007winner of the Bizrate circle of excellence platinum award(http://www.bizrate.com/boutique/2007circleofexcellence.html).
"Some people think they're suffering from a changing-of-the-seasons coldwhen in fact they're having a reaction from one or more allergens," continuedScardigno. "Most of us aren't even aware of the many different types ofmicroparticles that have the potential to cause respiratory distress."
For many people, pollen causes the release of histamines, which in turntriggers sneezing, runny noses and itchy, watery eyes. Dust and dust mitedebris (the creatures' dead skin and fecal matter) accumulate on furniture,carpets and even stuffed toys. Lint consists of tiny fibers from fabric,papers, plants and other items, and those fibers are easily stirred up intothe air and inhaled. Cigarette or fireplace smoke contains tar, soot and ashesthat can trigger bronchitis or asthma attacks. Pet dander consists of tinypieces of skin from cats and dogs that can irritate the respiratory system.Mold is often hidden away in places where people may never think to look, suchas wood, ceiling tiles, carpets, wallpaper and heating pipes.
"When mold accumulates in heating pipes and people turn on their furnaces,mold spores are literally sprayed all through the building," said Scardigno."Replacing air filters before you turn on the heat and also using an airpurifier are your best bets for cleaning the air."
Also, in these times of rising energy costs, replacing air filters helpsheating bills stay as low as possible. Cleaning or replacing filters atregular intervals (two to three months is usually recommended by filtermanufacturers) allows heated air to flow freely so that energy is not wasted.
Filters can be either washable or disposable and are designed to work withspecific units. Consumers should choose the highest-efficiency filter thatworks with their furnace. In addition, they should check that the filter theyhave selected meets with the American Lung Association's Health House indoorair quality guidelines.
"Once you take the proper precautions, autumn can be enjoyable even forallergy and asthma sufferers," said Scardigno.
For information on different types of air filters, visithttp://www.filtersfast.com/Air-Filters-Purifiers-cat.asp
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