Monday, August 20, 2012

Renting vs. owning: How it may affect asthma

Renters are less likely to follow suggestions
to minimize exposure to allergens: Survey
Whether you rent or own your home can make a difference in the way you handle your asthma, a new survey suggests.

The survey of people with allergic asthma showed that homeowners are more likely to make the recommended changes to help minimize exposures to allergens that may affect their breathing.

Common asthma triggers in the home include dust mites, pet dander, pollen and mold.

Experts say that more than half of asthma sufferers in the U.S. have allergic reactions to environmental pollutants.

Making sure that asthma triggers in the home are under control can help manage asthma, but renters are less likely to make the effort than homeowners were, according to the study. While 91% of homeowners took steps to reduce exposures, only 63% of renters did.

Some of the recommendations may be impractical for renters, including the removal of carpeting, but others are easy to follow and can make a big difference, experts say.

Some recommendations to minimize exposures are
  • Wash bedding in hot water to reduce dust mites
  • Clean visible mold
  • Reduce humidity to below 60% to prevent mold growth
  • Avoid smoking in the home
  • Wear a dust mask when cleaning
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
  • Use an air purifier to reduce dust, allergens and other contaminants in the air
  • Don’t allow pets in the bedroom

The study appeared in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Source: WebMD

Air purifiers for asthma and allergy sufferers

Allergens and substances that can trigger asthma are often part of our ambient air, and they can be quickly and efficiently removed by a good air purifier.

Most air purifiers for asthma rely on a HEPA filter to remove up to 99.97% of fine particles down to 0.3 microns, which can cause inflammation in the lung tissue.
AllerAir's AirMedic+ Series
removes particles, chemicals
and other asthmagens.

AllerAir’s air purifiers for asthma and allergies go one step further. While they boast medical-grade HEPA filters with an efficiency rating of 99.97% at 0.3 microns, they also feature a deep-bed activated carbon filter to remove airborne chemicals, gases and odors that are also known to cause or aggravate asthma and allergies.

Optional UV germicidal filtration can help neutralize biological contaminants such as mold, bacteria and viruses.

Leaving an air purifier like the AirMedic+ Exec (which was recently chosen as the top pick for an asthmatic on a TV show on the OWN network – read the press release here) or a 5000 Exec on a low setting in the bedroom can make a huge difference in the air quality and the occupant’s well-being.

Contact AllerAir for more information.

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