Spring has sprung and pollen & allergy season is upon us. Here we discuss the “Best Air Filters For Pollen and Allergies”
Are you one of the 50 Million Americans that suffers from a pollen allergy? Changing your air filter regularly and using the right air filter helps improve your indoor air quality. Below we discuss the best air filters for pollen and allergies and ways you can fight back this allergy season.
5 Ways To Fight Back
- Use MERV 10+ Rated Filters
- Use Spor-Ax Filters to Eliminate Micro Allergens
- Change Air Filters More Frequently
- Keep household surfaces clean
- Keep doors and windows closed
Use MERV 10+ Rated Filters
If you or someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma it is critical that you change your air filter regularly. Those that suffer from allergies or asthma are much more sensitive to poor air quality. Dust, pollen, pet dander, pollutants and micro allergens can create breathing issues in persons that don’t suffer from allergies and asthma. For those that do, it can trigger asthma attacks and persistent allergy issues. When asking yourself “How Often Do I Really Need To Change My Air Filter”, for those that suffer from allergies or asthma the answer is every 30 days. This will maximize the air quality in your home and keep you breathing easy. Be sure to check out our MERV 11 Elite Filters. They are the absolute best at removing micro allergens, smog and other pollutants that other filters miss.
Do You Have Pets Or Children In Your Home?
When choosing a filter it’s important to find ones that are MERV rated. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effective your filter is in removing particles from the air. The higher the rating the better the air filter is against removing particles such as pollen, allergens and bacteria. Not all air filters are MERV rated. Some use their own rating system or just list what the manufacturer says they filter. Be wary of these air filters, without the official MERV rating it’s hard to tell how well they perform. Generally filters that are rated a MERV 10 or higher are the best filters for pollen and allergies. They are capable of removing finer particles from the air such as micro allergens and different types of pollen. These are all particles that affect people who suffer from allergies or asthma. One thing to keep in mind though is that these filters often clog quicker since they are made from a denser material. This restricts the air flow and makes your HVAC system run longer and work harder. Resulting in higher energy bills and costly repairs. That’s what makes our MERV rated filters unique. They offer a 3 stage filtration process that captures the finest of particles and cleans the air without clogging or restricting air flow. Keeping your indoor air quality clean and you breathing easy.
Use Spor-Ax Filters to Eliminate Micro Allergens
Spor-Ax is an antimicrobial compound that eliminates microbial growth. All our filters at Forget My Filter are antimicrobial and feature Spor-Ax technology. Antimicrobial filters resist the growth of microorganisms when they are captured by the air filter. The Spor-Ax technology actually encapsules the particles and prevents them from growing or multiplying. Compare this to traditional pleated filters that are made from paper, cotton and cardboard. All of these materials are organic and are a food source for microns. This means harmful particles such as pet dander, dust mites, micro allergens are able to grow and thrive right inside your air filter! All our filters are made from 100% synthetic materials and use a steel frame. Making them the best air filters for allergy sufferers.
Change Air Filters More Frequently
During allergy season pollen counts can be much higher than other times of the year. Pollen is tiny particles released by plants to fertilize other members of the same species. These particles are carried by air and wind which makes them easy to inhale when outside. But pollen can also get inside your house. Every time you open a door or window air (and pollen) enters your home with you. In addition, pollen particles can also get on your clothes, shoes, in your hair etc and are brought into your home. If you suffer from allergies it’s important to keep an eye on the pollen count in your area. Pollen counts are generally highest in the spring and fall. Be sure to check and change your air filters more frequently during these times of the year. Changing your air filters frequently will help to keep your air cleaner and you breathing easier.
Keep Household Surfaces Clean
Pollen, dust and pet dander are all common triggers of allergic reactions. In addition to using the right air filter and changing your filter regularly, it’s also important to keep the surfaces in your home clean. All of these airborne particles can collect in and around your home. By keeping the surfaces of your home clean and free of these irritants, you can stay symptom free this allergy season. Here are some tips to removing pollen and other allergens from your home…
- Dust your home often with a damp cloth. Using feather dusters often just spreads the dust around.
- Vacuum furniture and carpets weekly. Carpets attract and hold all types of pollen and allergens. If possible, remove carpets from your home and replace with hardwood or tile flooring.
- Keep pets off furniture and your bed if possible. Our furry loved ones can often carry allergens with them. They also tend to shed more during warmer months and their pet dander can contribute to allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing and stuffy nose.
- Wash bedding and pillows weekly. Our beds and other surfaces you sit or sleep on are often closest in contact with our eyes and mouths. Irritants on these surfaces can have an immediate effect in triggering allergies and allergy symptoms.
Keep Doors and Windows Closed
During allergy season it’s very important to keep outdoor air from coming in your home. The best way to do this is to keep doors and windows closed. However, there’s no way to completely keep new air from entering your home. That’s why it’s so important to follow the tips above and be sure to use a high quality filter such as our MERV 11 Elite. You can also montor the outdoor air quality around you to gauge if it’s ok to open up the house or keep the doors and windows closed.