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  • What are mold allergies?

    If you have allergies that you suspected were seasonal but never seem to go away, you may actually be allergic to mold. Mold allergies are difficult to deal with, as mold can grow anywhere and is often found in homes. Trying to clean up the mold can actually make the problem worse by spreading it through the air. That's why professional help is needed for mold removal.

    Though mold and other fungal allergies are generally more common in the summer months, they can affect allergy sufferers year-round if the the mold is found in the home. Mold allergies don't end with the first frost, as other fall allergies do. It does, however, stay dormant in the winter.

    Antihistamines and other drug therapies may help, but there are other things you can do to reduce mold spores in your home. Keep humidity low and the air cool with dehumidifiers and central air. The best thing you can do to start clearing your air of mold spores, however, is install a Hyper-HEPA-grade air purification system.

    If you're looking for a professional-grade air purifier, try one of the top-of-the-line models we carry at FreshAirPro. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the best purifiers on the market today. While other purifiers of its kind can only filter particles .3 microns in size, the HealthPro Plus can clear the air of particles as small as .003 microns. Freshen up your air with FreshAirPro.

  • Facts about pet allergies

    Pet allergies are common, especially among those who have other allergies. In fact, somewhere between 15 and 30 percent of people with other allergies have pet allergies, and cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

    Contrary to popular belief, pet allergies are not allergies to fur - they are allergies to proteins in their dander (or dead skin that's shed), saliva and urine. This may account for why pet allergies are so common, because cats clean themselves with their saliva, so the proteins are all over their hair.

    Unfortunately, it takes a long time for these allergens to lose their strength, and particles tend to stay in the air, stick to walls and cling onto other surfaces like clothing and furniture. That's why you can experience pet allergies even if you don't have pets.

    Even those with seasonal allergies may notice that their pets are making their symptoms worse. This is because pollen, dust and other allergens can get stuck in pet fur.

    To reduce some of the allergens in your home, consider using an air purifier, like those we sell at FreshAirPro. We carry only top-of-the-line purification systems like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This top-selling purifier can filter particles as small as .003 microns in size - that's 100 times smaller than most purifiers are capable of. Before you get rid of Fluffy, try an air purifier from FreshAirPro.

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, high on the list for cities with the worst fall allergies

    Fall allergies are bad, but some have it worse than others. Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, are itching and sneezing up a storm. Fox News in Charlotte recently reported that the city was ranked in the top 20 in a survey of the country's worst cities for fall allergy sufferers.

    According to the news source, results were based on medicine sales and pollen counts. One of the biggest culprits is ragweed, but since it's been such a rainy fall, mold is becoming increasingly problematic. Last week, between 5 and 8 inches of rain fell in Charlotte, and although the rain provided temporary relief from ragweed pollen, it has some suffering worse than ever from mold spores.

    Although there are over-the-counter medications for allergy symptoms, many have negative side effects like drowsiness. If you think you have mold in your house, one of the best things you can do is purchase a professional-grade air purifier, like those available through us at FreshAirPro.

    One of our top-selling filtration systems is the HealthPro Plus by IQAir. While most air purifiers can only remove particles larger than .3 microns, IQAir's HealthPro Plus features a HyperHEPA filtration system, which can actually filter particles as small as .003 microns in size. Find relief from allergies, at least at home, with the HealthPro Plus.

  • Why are allergy sufferers facing such a difficult fall?

    Many allergy sufferers have been reporting symptoms that are worse than ever this fall. Unfortunately, not only were these results predicted, but a further premonition is that those bad allergies will last at least a few weeks longer than usual due to global warming.

    In addition to pesky ragweed allergies, mushroom and mold spores are abundant because the warm, wet summer stirred up excellent conditions for their growth. Luckily, mold usually stays dormant in the winter. For those who seem to still be suffering from mold allergies well into winter, it may be time to invest in a medical-grade air purifier for your home.

    We at FreshAirPro offer top-of-the-line air purifiers like the AllerAir 5000 Vocarb Air Purifier. This popular model provides protection from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), allergens, odors and other particulate matter. It can offer relief from mold spores, dust mites, pet dander and pollen, just to name a few.

    As for those suffering from ragweed allergies this fall, they are likely to simmer a bit as the days grow shorter, however, they won't completely go away until after the first frost. For now and for the future, protect yourself with air purifiers from FreshAirPro.

  • Volatile organic compounds

    Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are gasses emitted from products such as pressed-wood furniture, home carpeting and rugs (where formaldehyde and solvents are often found), as well as pesticides and cleaning agents. They can be found in varying concentrations in the home and in certain industry settings and can have dangerous short- and long-term health effects.

    Because they can come from regular household cleaning products, it's important to watch out for signs that they may be lurking in the air you breathe. Common symptoms include eye irritation, sore throat, headache, rash, dyspnea, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness and confusion.

    VOC concentrations are higher indoors than outdoors - and studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggest that indoor levels can be as much as 10 times higher than outdoor levels, even in highly polluted areas.

    That's why it's so important to keep the air in your home fresh and breathable. The IQAir GC VOC is one of the best air purifiers on the market, and it's available through us at FreshAirPro. Most experts suggest that all households, even those with no allergy sufferers, should invest in an air purifier to keep household air safe to breathe. The IQAir GC VOC comes equipped with a "Class A" HEPA Pre-Filter and is specially designed to control VOCs and particulate contaminants.

  • Health problems caused by common biological allergens

    Pet dander, mold and dust mites are common allergens that can cause chronic health problems for many. The EPA recommends the use of air purification systems to reduce the amount of irritants, like these biological allergens, in the home. The AllerAir AirMedic+ Vocarb, which is available through us at FreshAirPro, is one of the most efficient air purifiers available. It's specially designed for advanced particle control and is an excellent option for all allergy and asthma sufferers.

    Some of the main signs that pet dander, mold or dust mites may be problematic in your home are an increase in asthma symptoms, nasal allergies, eye inflammation, recurrent or constant fever, malaise, dyspnea, tightness in the chest and cough.

    Keeping the home well-ventilated and humidity levels low can help improve air quality. Using a dehumidifier and repairing existing leaks can keep mold away. Keep carpets clean and dry, and consider removing or replacing them if they've experienced at least 24 hours of unattended water damage.

    Unfortunately for many animal lovers, limiting exposure to pets may be the best option for your allergy to pet dander. However, if you can't live without Fluffy, there are things you can do. Vacuum all carpets and upholstered furniture thoroughly and often. This also helps control dust mite symptoms.

  • How to plan a family vacation without allergies

    Fall is here, which means that for much of the country, there are only a few weeks left to fit in those weekend family getaways to the mountains or the beach. However, for many, fall can be the worst time for allergy symptoms. If you're taking your family on a camping trip to enjoy the beautiful weather, follow a few tips to keep sneezing and itching to a minimum.

    Before you start your trip, air out all of your equipment and check for mold in your tent or trailer. Bring all ointments and medications just in case. There will likely be allergens like ragweed around your campsite.

    If you plan on building a campfire and someone in your party has asthma, keep him far away from the fire, as the smoke can exacerbate symptoms.

    One of the most important things to keep in mind while camping is what you'll be bringing home with you. Be sure to wash tents, clothes and luggage, and don't leave anyunwashed items lying around the house.

    For the worst fall allergies, your family may benefit from a professional-grade air purifier like those we carry at FreshAirPro. Among our top-selling models is the IQAir HealthPro Plus. Unlike other purifiers that can only filter particles .3 microns in size or larger, the HealthPro Plus has the ability to tackle particles as small as .003 microns in size for the best allergy relief available.

  • Pet allergies may worsen hay fever symptoms

    Allergies are the worst. Many people who don't suffer from the condition think of them as more of a slight annoyance than a disease. Allergies can be a severe problem, however, and even mild symptoms can keep kids from school and adults out of work.

    Whether you suffer from pollen, food or pet allergies, they can truly affect your quality of life. Unfortunately, studies have shown that having one allergy can worsen another. Pet allergies, for example, have been found to increase hay fever symptoms.

    "If you have ongoing symptoms from perennial allergies, as soon as you add another allergen into the mix, your symptoms develop much faster, and you may have a harder time dealing with it than others," explained Dr. Anne Ellis, an assistant professor at Queen’s University’s Department of Medicine and Department of Microbiology and Immunology. These findings were part of a study that Ellis and her team conducted at the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU) at Kingston General Hospital. The results were published in a recent issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

    One of the best ways to control allergens in your home is by purchasing a medical-grade air purifier like those we carry at FreshAirPro. IQAir's HealthPro Plus is one of the top-selling air purifiers on the market. It has the ability to filter ultra-fine particles as small as .003 microns in size. Say goodbye to pet dander, pollen and other allergens with the HealthPro Plus air purifier by IQAir.

  • September is National Mold Awareness Month

    September has been designated as National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month in hopes of educating Americans about the physical and financial damage that can be caused by this silent problem.

    Mold damage can be avoided if prevented early. However, it currently accounts for about $2.5 billion in annual insurance costs. By paying attention to the treatment and design of a home and paying attention to any water damage if it occurs, severe mold growth can be avoided.

    If you suspect you have mold, the first place to look is your interior walls, particularly the insulation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asserts that the only way to control mold growth is by monitoring the moisture in the home, so choose insulation and other materials that don't absorb moisture.

    In addition to destroying belongings and the integrity of your home's structure, mold can cause serious allergic reactions and can affect quality of life for many. One way to reduce the mold spores in your home is to use a professional-grade air purifier like those available through FreshAirPro.

    IQAir's HealthPro Plus air purifier is ideal for eliminating micro-particles such as mold spores. It also reduces the incidence of common allergens by filtering ultra-fine particles as small as .003 microns in size - that's 100 times smaller than the filtration capabilities of most air purifiers on the market.

  • The Northeast is experiencing one of the worst allergy seasons in years

    Heavy rains and warm weather throughout the summer mean bad fall allergies for people living in the Northeast. The mix of excessive rains and sunny days helps ragweed to flourish, one of the toughest culprits to blame for fall allergies.

    Not only will allergy season be worse than ever for those in Northeastern states and Canada, but it will likely last longer. Allergy seasons have increased gradually over the past decade, but there are things you can do to reduce your allergy symptoms.

    We suggest using dust covers and hypoallergenic bedding to reduce indoor allergies. However, these will only help allergens from settling on surfaces. If you really want to reduce allergens in your home, use one of our professional-grade air purifiers.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the best purifiers on the market. It uses a HyperHEPA filter that filters particles as small as .003 microns in size. It can protect you and your family from allergens, viruses, bacteria and chemicals.

    Don't let allergies ruin your season. An air purifier can help you enjoy the fall before the harsh winter hits.

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