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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.

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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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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Need to Know Back to School Tips for Asthma and Allergy Parents

8.20.15 Back to School  State Honor Roll Image 1st Day of School EditedThe back to school season is stressful for any parent. You have to buy new clothes, new supplies, and new lunch boxes. Not to mention you have to figure out afterschool care. Oh, and if your child has asthma or allergies, you need to make sure they’ll be safe at school when you’re not around. So let’s just add scary to the stress for parents of children with asthma or allergies.

You’re very aware of your child’s triggers so you can actively work to reduce their exposure in your home through simple cleaning routines or long-term renovations. But do their principles, teachers, or school nurses know what triggers your child’s asthma or allergies? Do they know what to do if your child has an asthma attack or allergic reaction?

Triggers can be anywhere and everywhere at a school. Rugs or carpeting can collect dirt and dust mites. Classroom pets are cute but problematic. Rigorous sports may exert your son or daughter and there are bees on the playground with freshly mowed grass. For children with food allergies, the cafeteria presents a problem and so do the treats sent by other parents.

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 5

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

8.13.15 Berts Impact Part 5 Image Berts ImpactPart 5 is finally here.  I’m finally going to talk about how prevalence, "Health Mavens", tactics, and awareness all fit together like puzzle pieces to construct the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program story.

Here’s the story.

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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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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 4

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

7.30.15 Berts Impact Part 4 Image Mark AwarenessThe third post of this five-part series about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s impact talked about what “Health Mavens” do to improve their home’s indoor air quality.  In this post, I want to share what “Health Mavens” think when they see the Certification Mark.

From the last post, we know that not all household products are equal.  Only products with the distinctive asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark are scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  And recognition of the Mark is rapidly growing.

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Certified Service Feature: Stanley Steemer’s Carpet Cleaning Service

7.23.15 Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaning Image VanEarlier in the month we talked about one way to reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your carpet.  But the National Institutes of Health advises us to use more than one approach for effective allergen avoidance and control.  (It can never be simple, can it?)  So in addition to vacuuming once or twice a week, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recommends having a Certified professional carpet cleaning three to four times a year.

Allergen avoidance and control can seem difficult, but the Certification Program does its best to make it as simple as possible for you through testing and certifying products and services.  Only Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products and services—like Stanley Steemer’s Carpet Cleaning Service—are scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  So when you see the Certification Mark alongside the Stanley Steemer name, you know their carpet cleaning service passed rigorous testing.

In fact, Stanley Steemer’s Carpet Cleaning Service is Certified because it is scientifically proven to considerably reduce your exposure to allergens.  But there’s still more to it.  A professional carpet steam cleaning service must meet strict standards during testing when:

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Yes things has to be considered while carpet cleaning and you have come up with good info about allergens in this post. hope your ... Read More
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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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Certified Products Feature: Samsung VU3000 Lift & Clean

7.9.15 Samsung VU3000 Image Product ShotYou’ve probably heard many times before that hard-surface flooring is best suited for reducing asthma and allergy triggers in your home.  But what if you can’t rip up the carpet because you live in an apartment or because it’s too expensive to do so?  There has to be another way to reduce triggers, right?

Well, there is another way, and that’s to vacuum your carpets once or twice a week.  But it’s important to remember that not all vacuum cleaners are equal.  Only Certified asthma & allergy friendlyvacuums—like the Samsung VU3000 Lift & Clean—are scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.

So what makes theTop of FormBottom of FormSo so Samsung VU3000 Lift & Clean a better option for people with asthma and allergies? This vacuum cleaner is scientifically proven to:

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I would love to win this vacuum for my home! Thanks!
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5 home-renovation tips that will reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your home

7.6.15 Matte Release Home Reno Tips ImageThis is the peak season for do-it-yourself projects, and maybe you already have your tape measure in hand, ready to tackle a bathroom remodel, open up the floor plan or finally reimagine that unfinished basement. There are plenty of considerations to take into account with any project, including space, budget and your desired results. But you also need to think about the people who will be enjoying this space with you, especially if any of them suffer from allergies or asthma.

Whether you undertake the project yourself or you hire a professional, each project has the potential to make life easier for the allergy and asthma sufferers living in your home. To help you create the best environment for them, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) offers these helpful tips from its asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program:

Shut the door on bad cabinets. If you’re looking to add or replace your cabinets, you may be considering common options like pressed wood, particleboard or composite boards. These materials, however, often release high levels of volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde. To make your new cabinets more suitable for the asthma and allergy suffers in your home, talk to manufacturers about low-VOC options instead.

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As a family who suffered through a home renovation it is,safe to say this information is much needed. I never experienced asthma... Read More
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:55
Bert
Hi Caroline - so sorry to hear about that! Severe symptoms can be extremely scary. You can find more detailed information and tip... Read More
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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 2

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


7.2.15 Berts Impact Part 2 Image Health Mavens for ConsumersThe first post of this five-part series about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s impact talked about why the program was created.  In this post, I want to talk about a special group of people that you just might be a part of.

From the last post, we know that asthma and allergies affect 1 out of 5—or 60 million–Americans.  That includes children and adults.  But did you know these diseases are the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under 18?  These children need help from their moms, dads, caregivers, teachers, and doctors to manage their asthma and allergies.

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What to Get the Asthma and Allergy Sufferers for Their Wedding Gift this Season


6.18.15 Wedding Season Image Wedding Sign SmallIt’s wedding season once again and it seems like everyone you know is getting married. 

Since asthma and allergies affects 1 out of 5 Americans, and over 50% of U.S. households, odds are the new couple may be among them.  With one of the worst allergy seasons in over a decade, it’s important for the new couple to keep pollen and other allergens and irritants outside so they can start their new journey on the right foot—with a healthier home.

When you’re brainstorming ideas for gifts, consider Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products.  When you see the Certification Mark and my face, you know that product is scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  There are a full range of products, from small to large, that can fit into a budget you feel comfortable with.

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 1

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

6.4.15 Berts Impact Part 1 Image Prevalence for Consumers

I think it’s important to really understand “the why” of an initiative—like the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program—before the scope of its impact can be brought into perspective.  So why did the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) start this certification program?

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Laura McCabe
My son and I started having our allergies diagnosed 2 years ago. We're in process of new testing as well as my daughter. Their da... Read More
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Laura, so sorry to hear about you and your families' allergies. But it's great that you're being tested so that you're prepared a... Read More
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How to Keep Spring’s “Pollen Tsunami” from Getting Inside Your Home

2e1ax yoo nano3 entry 5.21.15 Keep-Pollen-Tsunami-Outside-Image Family-GrillingAfter a long winter, warmer weather is finally here!  Thank goodness, right?  That probably means you are soaking up the sun, the kids are playing outside, and your neighbors are hosting outdoor grilling parties. 

Oh, and you’re probably sneezing, itching your eyes, and blowing your nose thanks to what many are calling the “Pollen Tsunami.”

Pollen and other allergens and irritants are in the air this spring—with force—and it can be hard to keep those triggers where they belong, outside!  You can’t control outdoor triggers, but you can take a few steps to help keep them from sneaking inside your home with you.

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Chris Steely
Excellent blog!
Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:31
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asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program Launches New Blog Hosted By Me, Bert

USA-certified-asthma-and-allergy-friendly-general-use-cert-markWho am I?

The name’s Bert.  You may have seen me around before.  My face is on the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark that’s on thousands of product packages, on national TV commercials, and in every major store across the country.

What is the Certification Mark?

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Lisa Blankschen
Can you tell me about the Rainbow Home cleaning system and the Rainmate? They have a gold certification, what does that mean? Than... Read More
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Bert
Hi, Lisa! Are you referring to the Rainbow Cleaning System (http://www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.com/certified-products/vacuum-cle... Read More
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Venus
Thanks for this information. I know someone who will benefit from this
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