Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ask Us: Air Purifiers for Allergies and Asthma

Question: How would someone with allergies and asthma benefit from an air purifier with both a carbon and HEPA filter?

Answer: Many people who suffer from respiratory ailments are keenly aware of triggers like pollen, dust, mold and pet dander - but what about airborne chemicals?

Prominent organizations like the American Lung Association now recognize that exposure to airborne  chemicals can contribute to chronic respiratory problems and allergic reactions. In fact, some scientists believe that chemical exposure may be a contributing factor in the development of asthma.

With chemicals and fragrances so much a part of daily lives, we believe that both a HEPA filter for particles and a deep-bed activated carbon filter for airborne chemicals and odors provides the cleanest possible air for allergy and asthma sufferers. 

My son, who is an allergic-asthmatic (asthma triggered primarily by allergies), has an AllerAir AirMedic in his room. It features an 18 lb. carbon filter for chemicals and odors, (which is more than some industrial machines) and a medical-grade HEPA filter for fine airborne particles. Besides removing a wide range of airborne triggers, we also found the AirMedic really effective on strong smells and fumes like cleaning products and paint.

For more information on which AllerAir air purifier is right for you. Contact us via twitter, livechat or by phone 1-888-852-8247.

The information presented in this blog is basic and general in nature. It should never replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult your medical practitioner for advice concerning your particular health concern.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ask us: Chemtrails and Home Air Purifiers

We've received an increasing number of questions lately about chemtrails and our activated carbon/HEPA air purifiers:

“I’m concerned about chemtrails  in my area, but because I don’t  know the exact chemical composition,  I’m wondering - will your air cleaner s be effective on a lot of different chemicals?”

Yes, AllerAir units are an ideal choice for removing a wide range of airborne chemicals.  We use activated carbon filters (a filtration method used widely by the military and heavy industry) to adsorb airborne chemicals and offer the deepest carbon bed filters available in a home air cleaner. In fact, many of our home units have as much activated carbon as some industrial/military air cleaners. 

We have two air quality experts who are knowledgeable about chemtrails and can help recommend a unit:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Robot System to Test 10,000 Chemicals for Toxicity

WASHINGTON – Several federal agencies have unveiled a new high-speed robot screening system that will test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. The system marks the beginning of a new phase of an ongoing collaboration, referred to as Tox21, that is working to protect people’s health by improving how chemicals are tested in this country.

The robot system, which is located at the National Institutes of Health Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC), was purchased as part of the Tox21 collaboration established in 2008 between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program, and NCGC, with the addition of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. Tox21 merges existing resources – research, funding and testing tools – to develop ways to more effectively predict how chemicals will affect human health and the environment.

“Understanding the molecular basis of hazard is fundamental to the protection of people’s health and the environment,” said Dr. Paul Anastas, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development, “Tox21 allows us to obtain deeper understanding and more powerful insights, faster than ever before.”

The 10,000 chemicals the robot system will screen include chemicals found in industrial and consumer products, food additives and drugs. Testing results will provide information useful for evaluating if these chemicals have the potential to disrupt human body processes enough to lead to adverse health effects.

“Tox21 has used robots to screen chemicals since 2008, but this new robot system is dedicated to screening a much larger compound library,” said NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. The director of the NCGC at NHGRI, Christopher Austin, M.D., added “The Tox21 collaboration will transform our understanding of toxicology with the ability to test in a day what would take one year for a person to do by hand.”

“The addition of this new robot system will allow the National Toxicology Program to advance its mission of testing chemicals smarter, better, and faster,” said Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS and NTP director. “We will be able to more quickly provide information about potentially dangerous substances to health and regulatory decision makers, and others, so they can make informed decisions to protect public health.”

Tox21 has already screened more than 2,500 chemicals for potential toxicity using robots and other innovative chemical screening technologies. The Tox21 chemical screening technologies were used to screen the different types of oil spill dispersants for potential endocrine activity during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

“This partnership builds upon FDA’s commitment to developing new methods to evaluate the toxicity of the substances we regulate,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

EPA contributes to Tox21 through the ToxCast program and by providing chemicals and additional fast, automated tests. ToxCast currently includes 500 chemical screening tests that are assessing more than 1,000 chemicals. 


At AllerAir our mission is to effectively remove airborne chemicals, gases, particles and odors. Our air cleaners have the deepest activated carbon beds available. If your air cleaner only has a HEPA filter it can't remove chemicals and odors.  

Housedold products emiting chemicals classified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws

A University of Washington study analyzed more than two dozen commonly used scented household items - all of them emitted chemicals that are classified as toxic or hazardous under federal laws. Watch this CBS news report - it follows a short commercial for colon cancer screening...

Will an air cleaner remove these airborne chemicals? Don't be fooled by misleading advertising! A HEPA filter cannot remove airborne odors, fragrances and chemcials. Only an air purifier with a deep-bed activated carbon filter (like what you'd find in a military gas mask) can remove airborne chemicals, gases and odors.