Spring is in the air! To me it not only signifies flowers and green grass, but also Allergies!! That's right - allergies, the not-so fun side of Spring. Itchy, watery eyes, non-stop sneezing, a head that feels like the an elephant's taken up residence! I can hardly go on walks, water my plants or play with my toddler outside without resorting to medication and even that works only up to a point. Besides, just reading the side effects gives me a headache, so I don't take medication all that often.
I resort to two things. One, a mask or a handkerchief to help me when I'm outside. Doesn't help at all, I can tell you. Plus it gets you strange looks from others as if thinking "is my deodorant not working?" or "she's so stuck-up"! I would disabuse them of this idea, if only I could speak. But all I can do is cough and then people move away, visibly shuddering, Ugh! I don't resent them. In fact I envy them. I wish I could leave my hacking self behind too!
My second strategy is staying indoors. I actually spend most of the pleasant spring weather huddled indoors, breathing (or rather, doing a good imitation of it) heavily and/or wheezing. Little did I know that I was actually exposing myself to more allergens! That's right- more allergens. Do you know how and why?
That's because there are more allergens INSIDE the house than outside! I did NOT know that. It turns out that indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air, of particular concern because most of us spend as much as 90% of our time indoors, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Keeping your home's indoor air quality high ensures that allergy and asthma sufferers in your family will be able to breathe more easily and suffer fewer symptoms. Allergies and asthma go hand in hand in many cases, and the prevalence of both is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, asthma has become the most common serious chronic disease in children and the third-ranking cause of hospitalization for kids under 15.
No wonder I didn't feel any better staying indoors. What I should have gotten was a AccuClean whole home air filtration system. AccuClean can be attached to your existing furnace or air handler, so you don't need to renovate your home to install it. Once installed, AccuClean removes allergens from the air in every room of the house, as opposed to plug-in air cleaners that operate in only one room.
AccuClean removes virtually all allergens in your home: well, up to 99.98%, and you can't get much closer to 100% than that! Additionally, the system removes more than 99% of the common flu virus. It's 100 times more effective than the standard one-inch filters and actually easy to clean by simply vacuuming or washing the reusable filter.
Thanks to Mom Central, I came to know this vital information as well as understanding how AccuClean works. I hope you, my readers, will also benefit from this.
For more information, go here - http://americanstandardair.com/HomeOwner/LatestUpdates/AccuClean.aspx
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