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Top Indoor Allergen Triggers

Allergens typically invade your senses when you step outside, but they can seep indoors as well. Identifying them can be a difficult proposition, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Allergens inside the home can affect everything from sleep patterns to breathing patterns. It’s important to identify the top triggers that may occur inside your home, and to utilize a Filtrete air filter that can neutralize the problem.

Smoke and Odors

Smoke of any kind can cause breathing problems for those sensitive to it. Bacon, for instance, produces a carcinogen similar to cigarettes. Fireplace fixtures that burn wood also leave behind smoke in the home, so it’s best to switch to smokeless logs or gas if you can manage it. Odors left behind by cleaning products can also affect someone’s respiratory system, especially cleaners with heavy chemicals.

Bugs and Animals

There is a strong link between people with asthma, and cockroaches. When roaches die, they decompose and leave behind dust particles that cause problems when inhaled. Additionally, pets leave behind dander like fur and hair that can mess with your breathing. The best solution is to vacuum thoroughly, and to exterminate pests as they infest your space.

Clogged Filters

If your HVAC filter is clogged, it can prevent your system from catching harmful particulates. It’s recommended that you replace your Filtrete filter at least once every three months, but you should check it routinely to be sure the filter is still working properly.

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How Allergen Triggers Work

Allergens are everywhere, but our homes mostly do a good job of protecting us. Where people tend to run into problems is with ventilation and air filters. Good ventilation can greatly improve the quality of air in your home. Poor ventilation can create problems with your respiratory system, and cause complications in your breathing.

Learning what triggers these problems will help you avoid situations that cause allergens in the future.

Physiological Reaction

Allergy triggers are unique from person to person, so two people can experience the same trigger causing different symptoms. The lungs can’t draw enough air in, and that causes the victim to suffer coughing and wheezing fits. The importance of identifying triggers is a life or death matter in some cases. Asthmatics and people with severe respiratory disorders can stop breathing altogether.

Cutting Indoor Triggers

Aside from installing a replacement furnace filter, there are some steps you can take to cut the risk of allergens. For instance, just asking smokers to step outside will make a big difference. Switching from a wood to gas burning fireplace is another method to help improve your breathing. Bugs can also cause problems, especially those that live in the walls. The mess left behind by these pests is the perfect size to seep into your respiratory system.

Final Thoughts

Proper ventilation is the first step toward improving your body’s response to allergens. Open windows and cut down on bad particulates in the home. HVAC filters will always help, but they are not the only solution.

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Improving Ventilation in the Home

Written by: Your Filter Connection

Properly ventilating your home brings a number of health benefits to you and your family. It can also cut down on your energy bills, if you understand how cross-breezes work. Proper ventilation was basically medieval air conditioning. If you take the right precautions, such as installing replacement furnace filters, you can increase the quality of the air in your home without letting too much of the bad stuff inside.

Ventilation System

The first step in this process is to check the ventilation system that is connected to your central air conditioning unit. The ducts should be clear of debris, and the vents on the walls should be open to allow air to flow into the rooms. It helps to turn the air conditioner on during this step, so you can feel the direction of the air and its effects on the room. If your room is slow to cool, it could be a sign that your ducts need work from a professional.

Furnace and HVAC Inspections

Find your air conditioning unit and give it a quick spot inspection to check for dirt on the motor. Also inspect your residential air filter, to see if it is dirty or clogged. Left unchecked, filters can impact the efficiency of your HVAC unit and force it to work harder than it needs to.

Final Tips

If you have someone in the house with allergies, consider an air conditioner filter that filters out allergens and particulates. Also, with screens, you can create a cross breeze in your room by opening two windows opposite one another. This allows the wind to carry throughout your home, and cools the space.

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Identifying the Source of Allergens in the Home

Written by: Your Filter Connection

Allergens in the home cause serious respiratory problems if they are left unchecked. Homeowners who suffer from allergies would do well to troubleshoot their air conditioning systems, especially the 3M air filter. Filters won’t stop every problem, but they will help to improve the air quality in your home when combined with other precautions.

Biological Problems

Biological causes usually stem from something that was once living, but may occur in areas of extreme moisture. Mold, for instance, loves growing in walls with leaky pipes or below sinks. Water spilled on carpets can be another issue, especially if a large volume of water is left standing. As it dries, mold spores form in the musty conditions. Mold can also grow in your plant life, or as a result of standing food or water left unchecked.

Particulates

3M filters are designed to trap particulate matter within the special fibers of the filter. If the filter is left unchecked for too long, it is unable to adequately trap particles and it clogs. This forces your HVAC system to work harder circulating air through the home, but it also prevents the filter from doing its job. If the filter is clogged, it can’t trap pet dander or allergens. Replace these filters at least once every three months to make sure the filter doesn’t clog.

Other Tips

If you live in an area that experiences four seasons, you may have 3M furnace filters that need replacing as well. This will prevent dust from clogging the system, which is a potential fire hazard in addition to being a respiratory problem.

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