Bert's Blog™

Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.

Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

You Know Indoor Air Quality Matters, But Does Your Workplace or Child’s School?

10.16.15 Fellowes AeraMax Pro Image Product ShotAsthma and allergy management begins by controlling your indoor environment. And indoor air quality (IAQ) plays a key role in the quality of life for families like yours living with asthma and allergies.

You know to vacuum weekly; wash your bedding in at least 130°F water; change your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or furnace system filter every 60-90 days; and place air cleaners in frequently-used rooms of your home. But does your workplace or local school know just how important IAQ is?

One in 4 Americans suffer from either asthma or allergies, and the prevalence of these conditions is only increasing. Common indoor triggers include airborne pollutants such as dust mite particles, volatile organic compounds, and mold spores.

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New HVAC/Furnace Filter Joins the Certification Program

9.24.15 Flanders Swiffer Filter Image Product ShotEver wonder why after you clean, clean, and clean some more, there’s still dust coating that nightstand a few days later? There are several possibilities as to why dust accumulation could creep up on you so quickly. But one of them could be your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

Airborne allergens like pollen, dust, and dander can be repeatedly circulated through your home by your HVAC system. More specifically, it could be the filter you’re using that is not capturing those particles.  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) does not recommend that asthma and allergy sufferers buy low efficiency, inexpensive air filters. They can do a poor job of trapping ultra-fine particles, the biggest culprits of triggering allergic and asthmatic reactions.

There are Certified asthma & allergy friendlyHVAC/furnace filters that are scientifically proven to considerably reduce your exposure to allergens and irritants. AAFA is proud to announce that the Swiffer™ Extreme Dust Collector Indoor Air Filter is now a part of the Certified HVAC/furnace filter family.

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There’s a NEW Certified Product in Town and it’s the First of its Kind: The Dyson Humidifier

Dyson humidifierIf there’s one thing I stress over and over again, it’s that not all household products are equal. Humidifiers are no different. They can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which can be circulated around the room and into the air you breathe.

Winter is on its way, and so is dryer air. No one wants those chapped lips, dry skin, or dry noses. So how do you find a humidifier that’s not going to trigger your asthma or allergies, yet still keep a room comfortable?

It’s not easy to navigate manufacturer claims such as “hypoallergenic” or “physician recommended,” especially when those claims are unsupported by scientific testing. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) started the asthma & allergy friendlyCertification Program with an independent, physician-led scientific certification organization called Allergy Standards Limited (ASL).

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Certified Products Feature: Benjamin Moore® Natura® Premium Interior Paint

8.6.15 Benjamin Moore Natura Paint Image Product ImageIf you’ve ever been in a freshly-painted room, you probably know that the strong fumes and odors can irritate your eyes, skin, and airways. This is largely due to potentially harmful chemicals—a.k.a. volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—commonly found in many paints used in the home. VOCs are emitted into the air as the paint dries, allowing the toxic fumes to potentially trigger your asthma and allergy symptoms.

Total VOC levels can increase even after the paint dries, and this can be especially problematic for people with asthma or allergic diseases. This means that their symptoms may not only be triggered immediately following paint application, but also over time.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is proud to announce that Benjamin Moore® is introducing a solution for families living with these chronic diseases that are looking to redecorate their homes and walls! Benjamin Moore’s Natura® Premium Interior Paint is now Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ because it is scientifically proven to considerably reduce your exposure to irritants that may trigger your asthma or allergies.

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