About 5 years ago, my husband sent me to the store to buy an air filter. At this point in my adult life, I had never bought air filters before. Yeah. Can you imagine a grown woman never having bought air filters? I never had to, because my husband always took care of that. So, there I go perusing the aisle at Target wondering which one I was supposed to get. I came home with an Allergen Reduction filter that cost twice as much as the regular one I was SUPPOSED to get. My husband laughed at me, when I returned, and immediately took it back stating, “Honey, we don’t NEED these expensive filters unless we suffer from really bad allergies.”
Having moved from Memphis back to the Houston Area, I’ve found my allergies to be worse than they have EVER been. I keep thinking to myself, I don’t remember it being this bad when I lived here as a teenager. Either way, I’ve been thinking about taking that trip BACK to Target as I did 5 years ago, to purchase a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M. Only THIS time, we really need it.
Finally an air fitler that captures 94 percent of large airborne particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air as it passes through the filter. It also Captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles than ordinary fiberglass filters and helps maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which may help prevent stress on the system and reduce the amount of energy needed to warm your home this Fall and Winter.
Besides changing to to an Allergen Reduction Air Filter, there are other simple things you can do to keep those allergies at bay. Healthy Housekeeper Laura Dellutri offers these 6 tips for cleaning your home from top to bottom and making it healthier in the process:
- Start at the Top: Ceiling fans, tall mantles and bookshelves, and the tops of door frames tend to subscribe to the “out of sight, out of mind” motto. These areas often harbor dust, so it’s important to wipe them down regularly to help remove dust buildup. Start at the top and work your way down, collecting all of the dust and dirt that falls to the floor while you’re cleaning.
- Wipe Down Windows and Walls: Don’t clean windows the old fashioned way – newspaper can cause ink residue and paper towels leave lint behind. Your best bet is to use microfiber cleaning cloths and a professional window squeegee to get a streak-free, spotless shine. To prevent streaks on shower doors and walls, apply lemon oil to the door twice a month. This will help repel soap scum and shampoo, while also adding a nice shine.
- Think Horizontally: Dust mites are nearly everywhere. In fact, the American Lung Association estimates that roughly four out of five homes in the United States have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed. Reduce dust mites by encasing your mattress and pillows, and wash your bedding in hot water about once a week. Also, since dust mites are microscopic, place strips of duct tape on the mattress case to prevent the dust mites from sneaking through.
- Clean the In-between: While cleaning what you can see, don’t forget to clean what you can’t see – the air you breathe. Use a high performance air filter in the home, such as the Filtrete 1” Elite Allergen Reduction filter from 3M, to help capture particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter. Be sure to change your filter at the start of every season, or every three months.
- Freeze the Fur: Stuffed animals can harbor dust mites so it’s important to pay special attention to them. Place stuffed animals in a large plastic bag and freeze them for four to five hours. Remove them from the freezer and plastic bag, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove any leftover dust particles.
- Finish With Floors: To keep floors in tip-top shape, vacuum and clean them weekly. You can easily make your own floor cleaner by adding a few drops of mild liquid dish detergent to a gallon of water. Hot water can break down floor finishes after time so use water that is barely warm. Finally, don’t forget to clean the floor under large pieces of furniture, which may require you to temporarily move them elsewhere. Corners of rooms and the back of closets often are overlooked, so be sure to clean these areas as well.
About Laura Dellutri:
Laura Dellutri is today’s hero for busy working families. She is a public speaker, radio and television personality, and the author of four books, including her new book, “The Overworked Mom’s Stress Free Homekeeping.” Laura travels across the country to share her homekeeping and lifestyle savvy tips, and you can watch her twice weekly on the nationally syndicated television show The Daily Buzz.
You can purchase Filtrete Air Filters, at a retailer near you. To learn more about the Clear Advantages program and sign up to receive coupons, tips and seasonal e-newsletters visit www.filtrete.com.
Am I the only one that gets confused in the Air Filter aisle as to which filter to buy? have you ever bought the wrong one and how do you know it’s right for your home?
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