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  • 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.

  • Common misconceptions about allergies

    There are many misconceptions flying around about allergies, and with false information comes misdiagnosis and mistreatment. Learn the truth behind some of the most common allergy myths.

    1. Children can outgrow allergies: True, but uncommon. Allergies are not just a problem for children. In fact, many people who never had allergies while growing up develop them as adults.

    2. Eating local honey can prevent hay fever: False. The idea behind this myth is that by eating honey made from the pollen in your area, your body becomes more immune to the pollen over time.

    "The problem is that the pollens that cause allergies, which are primarily trees, grasses and weeds, are not the plants bees use for honey," Dr. Maeve O’Connor, of the Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, explained to iVillage. "If you like honey, eat it. But there’s no proof it will alleviate or prevent seasonal allergies."

    3. Allergies aren't serious: Many people dismiss those who complain of allergy symptoms, assuming they are just a slight annoyance. Allergy sufferers, however, know this isn't true. Chronic symptoms can lead to asthma, insomnia and even sinus infections.

    If you have seasonal allergies, one of the best things you can do for your health is to purchase an air purification system in your home. FreshAirPro sells only the best-quality air purifiers, like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. Unlike other purifiers that can only filter the air of particles down to .3 microns in size, the IQAir HealthPro Plus can actually capture particles down to .003 microns in size. Clear the air with FreshAirPro.

  • The dangers of mold

    Many people have mold in their homes and don't even know it - and it may be affecting their quality-of-life. Mold can cause symptoms such as wheezing, eye and skin irritation and sinus congestion, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, those are just the minor symptoms. Mold can actually pose a severe threat to those most susceptible, including asthma attacks, fever and lung infections.

    Depending on the type of growth, mold can be extremely difficult to get rid of. If it's just growing on wall surfaces, you can clean it pretty easily. But mold can grow in heating ducts, inside walls and in the ceiling - making it incredibly tricky and expensive to clean. According to The New York Times, it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to rid your home of a critical mold problem.

    One can significantly reduce airborne mold spores in the home by using an air purification system which contains true HEPA filtration. FreshAirPro sells only the most well respected brands, such as IQAir. The IQAir HealthPro Series includes purifiers that can clear your home from a wide array of irritants down to .003 microns in size. That includes volatile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens, air pollution and smoke. Don't let a mold allergy keep you sick in bed. Clear your air before it's too late.

  • Choosing the right air purifier

    Unfortunately, if you don't have an air purifier in your home, the only filtration that air is getting is through your lungs. This means that all the toxins, allergens, chemicals and bacteria are going right into your system for your body to fight.

    Air purifiers aren't just for people with severe allergies or other pulmonary ailments. They can improve your overall health and wellness and keep you from getting sick. If you're thinking about getting an air purifier but don't know which one to choose, there are a few simple steps to find out exactly what you need.

    You should choose a purifier based on what your primary concern is. Microbes, odors, chemicals and particulates all tend to be airborne, making people sick all the time.

    Microbes include germs, viruses, bacteria and mold, while particulates include most allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander. Chemicals in the air are called volatile organic compounds, or VOC, and can include fumes from paint or nail polish remover, cigarette smoke and other more harmful substances. Odors can be extremely unpleasant at best and toxic to the health at worst, as is the case with car exhaust and formaldehyde.

    While shopping for the right air purifier, look for things like a medical-grade HEPA filter or stages containing activated carbon to better understand what you'll be protected from. However, why not just protect yourself from all of these dangers with one of the best purifiers on the market. The IQAir GC VOC, which is available through FreshAirPro, is perhaps one the most efficient filtration systems for personal or commercial use. It takes care of all your purifying needs and can even rid the air of 99.97 percent of all particles .3 microns in size.

  • Mold counts are sky high in Chicago

    The Fall 2011 allergy season is bad all-around - people from the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in between are likely to notice increased allergy symptoms that will last up to a few weeks later than usual. Many think these problems are specific to ragweed, but unfortunately, it seems that in many parts of the country, the mold count is up significantly, causing sneezing and wheezing among indoor allergy sufferers.

    Currently, Chicago's mold count is an alarming 54,000 spores per cubic meter, according to the Chicago Sun Times. This is well over a safe count and according to the news source, it's the third time already this year that Chicago has been on high alert for mold.

    Mold can cause allergy sufferers to notice symptoms such as headaches, sinus infections and fatigue. If you have allergies, you can alleviate some of your symptoms with a top-quality air purifier like those available at FreshAirPro.

    The AllerAir AirMedic+ Vocarb comes highly recommended among allergists because its advanced filtration system works at a higher level than the many purifiers on the market that only use standard HEPA filters. It even has an advanced UV light option that kills airborne mold mycotoxins, bacteria and viruses.

  • A fresh start for school with FreshAirPro

    If your child has asthma and allergies, there are many things you can do around the home to keep symptoms to a minimum. During summer months, many children see a reduction in symptoms because the circulation of fresh air helps reduce the instance of irritants in the air. However, once school starts, all the efforts you made to keep your little one's sneezing and wheezing to a minimum seem to go out the window.

    Possible classroom triggers include class pets, hairspray and perfume, chalk dust or even secondhand smoke on staff and students' clothing.

    Be sure your child is prepared for the classroom by reminding him of allergy triggers.

    Make sure your home is as trigger-free as possible. One way to ensure a hypoallergenic home is to use top-quality air purifiers like those available at FreshAirPro. Try an energy-efficient model like the BlueAir ECO10 Air Purifier. This special filtration system uses up to 95 percent less energy than others of its kind, yet it still has the ability to clear the air of 99.97 percent of all particles .3 microns in size or larger. Keep your home allergy-free with FreshAirPro.

  • Healthy diets for expecting mothers may reduce the chances of their babies developing allergies

    No one knows for sure what causes some people's bodies to attack harmless substances, but new research suggests there may be a solution for preventing allergies. It seems that babies of mothers who eat a diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) during pregnancy are less likely to have allergies.

    PUFAs are found in fish and walnut oils and have long been known to promote better health in babies, but it hasn't always been clear why. The new study, which was recently published in The Journal of Physiology, provides more insight.

    It appears that PUFAs make the baby's gut more permeable, allowing bacteria and foreign substances into the blood stream, which in turn increases the baby's production of antibodies.

    If you or your child have allergies, it's important to keep your home as allergy-free as possible. Installing a medical-grade air purifier can help reduce the amount of airborne allergens in your home. IQAir purifiers are considered to be the best by many professionals. Its HealthPro Plus model is an excellent choice for those suffering from a variety of respiratory ailments, including allergies. It is generally considered ideal for controlling common allergens, including dust, pollen, pollution, pet dander, smoke and mold. Breathe better with IQAir's HealthPro Plus.

  • Allergy season is the worst

    Allergies this past August were at a record high. A rainy summer meant high pollen counts, and unfortunately, global warming means allergies are likely to last longer than ever.

    Those who suffer from fall allergies can thank ragweed almost exclusively. Although the season usually runs from early to mid August until the early October, the end date is actually determined by the first frost. As global temperatures rise, the first frost isn't expected until a few weeks after its usual arrival. Allergy season continues until the frost comes.

    People with severe allergies should always check the pollen count and stay indoors on days that it's particularly high. When indoors, you can protect yourself with a top-of-the-line air filtration system like those available from FreshAirPro.

    For the worst allergies, consider a whole-house purifier such as The IQAir Perfect 16 (3-ton). It's one of the best filtration systems available to remove all sorts of allergies from pet dander, mold spores, dust and pollen. Make your home a safe place with a whole-house air purification system.

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