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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.

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6.9.16 Dyson Tips Contest FINALCongratulations to the winner of our National ‪Asthma and ‪‎Allergy Awareness Month  Tips Contest, Saundra B. from Centuria, WI! Her prize is a Dyson Pure Cool Link™ purifier, which is Certified asthma & allergy friendly™.

Saundra’s tip is to opt for washable curtains instead of frilly, decorative ones that can harbor allergens. She also recommends getting rid of slatted shades and using easy to clean pull downs.

While many people submitted amazing and unique tips for cleaning during the spring allergy season, Saundra provided a simple tip that is easy to do with little extra work and is not often discussed despite its importance.

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4.18.16 Bert 10th Birthday Image Bert in Party HatThis spring allergy season marks the 10th anniversary of AAFA’s asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. In honor of Bert’s (that’s me!) 10th birthday, we will be giving away AllerZip Smooth Mattress Encasements and Pillow Protectors to one winner for their ENTIRE home!  

The 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies have learned to trust Certified products and services when they see the Certification Mark on a product. These Certified products and services have been tested against strict scientific standards and shown to be suitable for families with asthma or allergies.

In 10 years, the program has:

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3.10.16 Endust Free Image Endust SweepstakesI know you know that allergen removal, reduction, and avoidance in the home are vital to an effective asthma and allergy management plan. That means families like yours are actively working to create a cleaner and healthier home.

But we also know it can sometimes be difficult to find products that are scientifically tested to be more suitable for your family.  A common question I get is, “Where can I find Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ Endust Free?  I can’t seem to find it anymore.”

Well I wanted to pass along some great news.  Nakoma is now selling Endust Free on Amazon.com!Endust Free was tested against strict standards to ensure it does not have properties that are likely to trigger your symptoms. The 4-part certification process:

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9.16.15 Protect-A-Bed Image Product ImageDid you know that you spend one-third of your time in the bedroom? So creating a healthy environment, and reducing your exposure to allergens and irritants in that space, are vital to a multi-faceted asthma or allergy management plan.

In fact, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) identified that bedding has a key role to play in the reduction of exposure to allergen:

‘High levels of mites can be found in dust from mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bed covers, clothes, and soft toys. The patient’s bed is the most important source of dust mites to control.’

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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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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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