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Allergies and You: How to Help Alleviate Your Seasonal Sneezes

If you’re anything like us up here in the Green Mountains of Vermont, during the winter months we dream of warm sunny days, barbecuing, and relaxing by the pool. But many of us know that spring, summer and fall are also the allergy seasons. All of the plants that were “hibernating” under the winter’s snow have woken up and are growing, which means pollen has returned. Pollen released into the air by various types of plants is vital to their reproductive process, but unfortunately this simple act of survival can cause allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in children and adults.

Contrary to popular belief, flowers are not the biggest pollen culprits – trees, grasses and weeds are really more to blame. Because many of these plants don’t produce flowers, they have to manufacture small, lightweight, dry pollen particles which are ideally designed for air transportation. A single ragweed plant can produce up to a million grains of this type of pollen each day! With a strong wind, those microscopic particles can travel up to 400 miles. If you’re trying to control the pollen you encounter, removing nearby plants will only slightly decrease your exposure because of pollens phenomenal ability to cover great distances.

With itchy eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats, people want to run inside for relief, but that doesn’t always ease the symptoms because pollen still gets inside our buildings to plague us. So how can you help remove this unpleasant intruder? You can invest in a portable air cleaner for the living room, and maybe another for the bedroom, but they are noisy, take up a lot of space, and are only really effective when you are in close proximity of them. Alternatively, you can install a single, quiet, much more heavy duty (and effective!) Ultravation ProgressiveMedia™ air cleaner in your central HVAC system. A ProgressiveMedia™ filter has UltraStrand™ fibers that are specifically designed to capture and hold 99% of pollen — not to mention thousands of other airborne irritants. These filters have 32 square feet of surface area folded into pleats, to become compact, 5” wide, filtering powerhouses that are typically installed where the common 1” furnace filter goes. With all that filtering power packed into such a small package, imagine how much cleaner the air could be throughout your entire home after just a few hours of operation! With properly filtered air, you can have an indoor haven that has a dramatically lower pollen count so you can work better, enjoy life’s pleasures more and get a great night’s sleep.

 

 

Shiel, William C. MD, FACP, FACR. “Pollen Allergy, What Is It?” MedicineNet.com. MedicineNet.com, 4/6/2007. Web. 3/19/2012.

National Air Filtration Association. NAFA Guide to Air Filtration. 3rd ed. National Air Filtration Association, 2001. Print.

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