5 Tips to Fight Allergy Season

by kkubik1@comcast.net 21. March 2016 08:04


Spring is practically upon us, and you know what that means… Allergies! That’s right, it’s allergy season. There will be sneezing, congestion, itchy, red, watery eyes, also picnics and sports, but it’s hard to enjoy those while in the midst of an allergy induced haze. So here are some things you can do to fight back this year.

1. Get Tested. 

One of the most effective ways to reduce allergy symptoms, is to find out what you’re actually allergic to. Is it pollen, grass, pet dander, dust? Go to the doctor and find out. Then, at least, you know what you’re trying to avoid. 


2. Clean Up.

Even if what you’re allergic to is outside (pollen, grass, etc.), keeping the inside of your house clean is important when it comes to avoiding allergy symptoms. Remember that things like pollen come in on your shoes, your clothes, even your dog. Spring cleaning is great, but setting a weekly cleaning schedule where you clean a room or two each day may be a good idea too. This will allow you to maintain a clean environment without spending tons of time doing it.

3. Change your air filter.

When you bring allergens into your home, one of the best ways to keep from continuously breathing them in is to make sure your hvac filter is clean. A clean filter will trap dust, pollen, dust mites and pet dander, making it a lot easier to breathe for allergy sufferers.


4. Get ahead of your allergies.

Unfortunately, there’s really no way to avoid allergies completely. But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to suffering through them. Stock up on allergy medicines like antihistamines or nasal sprays and use them before your symptoms get out of control. Many people also find sinus rinses to be helpful, especially at combating congestion. Become friendly with the Neti Pot. It will make allergy season much more tolerable.

5. Try something different.

The pharmacy isn’t the only source for tools to fight your allergies. If the thought of taking a pill everyday doesn’t sound great, there are many other options. Local honey is thought to be helpful in building up immunity to the allergens in your area. Vitamin C and fish oils can help reduce congestion and inflammation. Even onions can help to reduce (believe it or not) itchy watery eyes. And if these things sound crazy, look at it this way, they can’t hurt to try.


Don’t let your allergies keep you from enjoying this spring. Try some or all of these tips and go out and seize the day.



Spring Allergies... A humidifier Can Help?

by kkubik1@comcast.net 10. March 2015 14:53


As the season changes from Winter to Spring, most people who suffer from allergies think air cleaners.  But do you know that portable room humidifiers could be a great help too?

Many people who have allergies have learned to use a portable room humidifier during the spring and summer months when pollen and mold counts are at their annual high. The sinus cavity is easily inflamed when it becomes irritated from dry air.  Using a portable room humidifier helps sooth swollen sinus cavities, providing better breathing through the nose.

Keeping your humidifier clean is essential when helping to fight allergies.  Humidifiers need to be cleaned on a daily basis.  It is also recommended not to leave the water in the basin for more than a 24-hour period and once the filter or wick is discolored, you should replace it (usually about once a month if used continually).  You can see a variety of options available to you by going to http://www.filtersamerica.com/Departments/Portable-Room-Humidifier.aspx

Last thing to keep in mind is that at this time of year FiltersAmerica has most of the humidifier/wick filters and end of the season prices.


Spring Blooms With Allergies Gone Wild

by kkubik1@comcast.net 29. May 2014 13:40

So far this Spring is turning into a horrific allergy season.  Recently, I over heard people talking that had just gone hiking, and they mentioned that they thought they saw smoke in the woods... turned out to be the pollen coming off the pine trees on a windy day.  They could not believe it! 

What people don't seem to realize is that the same allergens can creep into you home.  They enter on your clothes, your pets, through window drafts and even when you open and close your doors.  So what can you do to combat these allergens entering your home?   The best way to get rid of these allergens is to use and air cleaner.  Whole House Air Cleaners are the most effective way to improve the quality of the air in your home while fighting off allergens.  Aprilaire is the industry leader and make a range of different units to choose from depending on your individual needs http://www.filtersamerica.com/Aprilaire/Whole-House-Air-Cleaners.

Another route you can go is if you only need to focus on a certain room in your home such as a bedroom would be a Portable Air Cleaner.  Honeywell makes a very effective and affordable unit that will certainly help http://www.filtersamerica.com/Honeywell/Portable-%28Room%29-Humidifiers.

When it is all said and done, there are some very simple and affordable solutions available to you so you do not have to suffer this Spring. 


Air Conditioning Filters Are Not Created Equal --Get the Right Air Purifier Filter for Your Home; FiltersAmerica Discusses Which Filter is Best For You

by kkubik1@comcast.net 22. July 2013 11:33

There are many different types of air filters for air conditioners and furnaces. Each type has its own benefits and will capture airborne particles based upon the size of the particulate. The most common are those 99 cent filters found at the hardware store. Most of these are designed to keep foreign objects from reaching the blower motor. If you can see through the filter, they will not provide adequate filtration against dust and allergens such as pollen and mold. A simple upgrade is the 1” pleated filter. The pleats increase the filter surface area offering less pressure drop while increasing filter efficiency. Well, how do you tell what makes a filter efficient? The method to which a filter is rated is referred to its MERV rating.

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, commonly known as MERV Rating is a measurement scale designed in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to rate the effectiveness of air filters. The scale is designed to represent the worst case performance of a furnace filter when dealing with particles in the range of 0.3 to 10 micrometers. The MERV rating is from 1 to 16. Higher MERV ratings correspond to a greater percentage of particles captured on each pass, with a MERV 16 filter capturing more than 95% of particles over the full range.

For those that have allergies or if indoor air quality is a concern, consider HEPA type filters for your home. According to Bill Lea, President of FiltersAmerica.com, “The letters in the word HEPA stand for High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance. The HEPA filter was developed during World War II by the Atomic Energy Commission and it was designed to remove and capture radioactive dust particles from the air which might escape and present a health hazard to the researchers. The HEPA filter was specifically designed to protect the Human Respiratory System.”

For a filter to be labeled "True" HEPA, it must be certified 99.97% efficient in capturing 0.3 micron (not 0.1 or 0.01 etc...) respirable-size-particles (RSP) according to the U.S. Military Standard MIL-STD-282, commonly known as the DOP test. The reason 0.3 micron is used and no other is because 0.3 micron is the size at which all mechanical filters are LEAST efficient in capturing. Other methods of testing do not give a true picture of efficiencies relative to respirable-size-particle (RSP) capture.

These pleated air filters can be anywhere from 4" to 6" thick and may have a MERV rating greater than 10. These types of filters fit into a special box that is sold to consumers as an "add-on" or upgrade to their furnace or air handler. Many homeowners have upgraded their ventilation system with the popular Aprilaire Air Cleane. These filters are ideal for allergy sufferers as they remove very small particles such as pollen.

Many households including condominiums have what is referred to as “return grill filters” or fan coil filters. Some of these filters may be washable however they may not offer the same efficiency as a pleated filter. Consumers are finding another alternative to their 1” thick filter and that is the replacement electronic air cleaner that fits into existing 1” filter rack without modifications. Offered by FiltersAmerica.com, the Dynamic Air Cleaner installs quickly and captures over 97% of airborne particles .3 microns in size. Keith Kubik, the Vice-President of Marketing for FiltersAmerica.com went on to say, “Whatever the size, style or manufacturer, FiltersAmerica.com is the one-stop-shop for indoor air quality products for consumers. We buy in volume and pass the savings on to the consumer with fast delivery direct to their doorstep. ”

Founded in 2001, Filters America specializes upon indoor air quality bringing value to consumers with great prices and exceptional service. Learn more about indoor air quality at www.FiltersAmerica.com



The New FiltersAmerica

by kkubik1@comcast.net 18. June 2013 16:09

After reviewing all of the feedback and comments we have received from you our valued customers, we have re-designed our website.

The new FiltersAmerica.com website will provide you with an overall quicker and easier buying experience.

You will be able to view your order history, copy your previous order (from our new site) and place it directly into your shopping cart. You will also have easy access to update your account information, change email addresses and passwords.

The first time you place an order on our new site, you WILL need to set up a new account. If you do not want to set up a new account you have the option of checking out as a "guest", but keep in mind that your order history will not be saved.

Thank you for your continued support, and keep your feedback coming.  Please feel free to email me direct... my name is Keith Kubik and I am the Marketing Director as well as an owner of FiltersAmerica.com.  My direct email is:  keith@filtersamerica.com



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