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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.

Cleaning Products That Go Beyond Cleaning

10.22.15 Cleaning Products Image Clean HomeAllergen removal, reduction, and avoidance in the home are now accepted (page 23) as vital parts of an effective asthma and allergy management plan. That means families like yours can help reduce exposure to your triggers by simply working to create a clean and healthy home environment with better indoor air quality (IAQ).

How do I improve my home’s IAQ?

But as I’ve mentioned before, there’s no single product or approach that can improve IAQ on its own. Earlier in the year, we discussed how to reduce allergens and irritants through vacuuming weeklyhiring professional carpet cleaners, and washing bedding weekly with Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products and services. Today, I’m going to talk about Certified cleaning products.

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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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