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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 Spend One-Third of Your Life in Your Bedroom

Better air quality in your home, office, school and car can reduce allergy and asthma triggers. But since you spend one-third of your life in your bedroom, it makes sense to focus your cleaning efforts there first.

Take these steps to help control your indoor environment and reduce your exposure to allergens in your bedroom:

  1. Use Certified asthma & allergy friendly® allergen barrier bedding.
  2. Wash sheets once a week in 130°F water.
  3. Never allow pets on your bed.
  4. Never allow wet or moist clothing to pile up.
  5. Use a Certified asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner.
  6. Keep pets out of your bedroom.
  7. Replace mattresses every 10 years and pillows every 2 years.
  8. Vacuum floors and mattresses weekly.

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Learn more about indoor allergy control to better manage your asthma and allergies.
 
The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program is an independent program administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international standards body Allergy Standards Limited (ASL). The program offers an app to help empower consumers to make informed purchasing decisions when choosing allergen-avoidance products.

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A Look at 2015’s Newly Certified Products

12.31.15 A Look At 2015 Image New YearAs the New Year rolls in, everyone looks to the future. What will 2016 bring? What are my New Year’s resolutions? How can I make this year better than the last?

But sometimes it is good to look back and reflect as well. In 2015, many products passed our strict tests and are Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. We are thrilled with the variety of products that are made with you in mind. That’s more products and more options for you to create a healthier home this New Year.

Products Certified in 2015

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Coming Clean on Washers and Dryers: What Does it Take to Pass Certification Testing

8.27.15 Washing Machines Image LG Blue MachineAllergen removal, reduction, and avoidance in the home are now accepted as a vital part of an effective asthma and allergy management plan. That means families living with asthma and allergies can help reduce exposure to their triggers by simply working to create a clean and healthy home environment with better indoor air quality (IAQ).

But there’s no single product or approach that can improve IAQ on its own. Earlier in the summer, I wrote a few blog posts about how to reduce allergens and irritants in carpet through frequent vacuuming and professional carpet cleanings with Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products and services. Today I’m going to talk about washing machines and tumble dryers! Each one can play a unique role in creating a healthy home.

Washing machines and tumble dryers that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ are proven through lab testing to considerably reduce allergens that can accumulate on washable items, such as sheets, pillows, comforters, clothing, washable rugs, small plush toys, etc.  Some washing machines can be an important tool in an overall plan of asthma and allergy management. But not all laundry machines are equal.

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 3

This is a five-part blog series about the asthma & allergy friendlyCertification Program’s impact.

7.16.15 Berts Impact Part 3 Image Health Maven TacticsThe second post of this five-part series about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s impact talked about who a “Health Maven” is and how they’re concerned about indoor air quality.  In this post, I want to talk with you about what a “Health Maven” does to improve their home’s indoor air quality.

From the last post, we know that 80% of “Health Mavens” put at least a moderate effort into improving their homes’ indoor air quality.  But what is it they do to help reduce triggers for their loved ones with asthma and allergies?

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