Posted by kevvyg on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Order Before July 1st and Be Entered to Win a $500 VISA Gift CardCotton - Not Amused with Bathtime, Even if I Use Ecology Works Pet ShampooJust a quick reminder, for the month of June all orders are entered into a drawing for a $500 VISA gift card. This promotion ends Sunday, so you only have a few days left to order and be entered.

On a side note, I would really like to have a $500 VISA gift card. It would go great with my trip back to Ohio to visit family or for my summer vacation trip to NYC. Sadly, no matter how many bottles of pet shampoo I purchase, I am not eligible. So while I can keep Cotton free of ticks and fleas while he bounces around our farm next week, no blinged out dog collar for him!

So whether you're stocking up on sunscreen for the your trip to the beach, choosing a HEPA air purifier to keep down indoor allergens, or looking for an efficient dehumidifier to remove some of the 93% humidity from the air in your crawlspace, (true story, 93% humidity yesterday morning in Atlanta) purchase before Sunday and you can have a chance to win a $500 gift card. Big Ferris Wheel - Myrtle Beach, SC That'll buy a lot of rides on a giant ferris wheel!

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Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, June 24, 2013
I came across an article that, this week, particularly resonated with me. While I am not getting married, my roommate is. After nearly a year of planning, she and her fiancé flew off to France Friday for their wedding. France was the choice because her fiancé is well, French. And after having seen her meticulously plan and replan, bordering what I would call obsessive behavior, for months, this is one thing that probably slipped her mind - Allergies.Say 'I don't' to your Allergies!

Summertime is the most popular time for weddings. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, June through August tend to see highest percentages of weddings of all months in the year. For most, this makes perfect sense. It's sunny, warm, you can hold the event outdoors, and add a touch of nature to the event. While spring allergy season has been mostly laid to rest, this doesn't always apply (particularly when you hold the wedding in a location other than what you're used to). And for all the planning that can go into this joyous occasion, asthma or allergies, of any kind, can wreak havoc on the event.

The article posted on Fox News outlined nine things that can affect a wedding, and while the list isn't comprehensive, it at least broaches a topic that many people can easily let slip their minds. A few of the tips/things to look out for include,
  • Keep an eye on the pollen count - in general plan to avoid times in locations where pollens you are allergic to are peaking.
  • Pack your meds - Premedicating can be helpful, and if you have severe allergies, don't forget your emergency kit (auto-injector).
  • Avoid certain types of flowers and opt for scent-free candles.
  • Do a trial run with the make up artist. If it's not someone you regularly use, you might be wary of new makeups and allergic reactions.
To this list I would also add, make sure that any food allergies are clearly communicated to the caterer. And, don't forget to pack your sinus rinse kit. A quick flush in the morning and evening can help eliminate and pollens or other allergens that can make you a sniffling, sneezing mess. Packing a portable air purifier is likely not in the cards, but tucking away a couple pillow covers takes minimal space and would be worth the effort.

Weddings are generally some of the most memorable occasions of our lives, and while there can be enormous amounts of planning that go into weddings, people should never forget about their health. Anxiety, nervousness and stress all build, but keeping up with certain routines, whether allergy-related or simply daily exercise, can not only help keep you centered, they can also remove one worry from your list.

To read the full article.

Author: K. Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, June 17, 2013
Air Quality IndexStarting in spring each year, you might notice a mention of the "air quality index" on the local news. Typically during the spring months, this index is influenced by the level of pollen in the air, but as spring dials up the heat into summer, the index tends to focus on ground level ozone. For people dealing with allergies, asthma or more severe respiratory conditions, the air quality index (AQI) can be a quick and useful way to help manage your outdoor activities for the day. But what does the index measure and how does it actually help?

The AQI is a chart, ranging from 0-500 that measures major pollutants and particles in the air, including ground-level ozone, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Measured and reported by the EPA, the AQI provides a guide that can help those with respiratory problems better manage their daily outdoor activities. With six categories, the scale ranges from Good to Hazardous. The first two categories, Good and Moderate, Poor Air Quality - Time to Move?do not cause problems for most people, but for sensitive groups, like those with asthma, COPD, emphysema, heart or lung disease, the next two categories can begin to cause problems. If the air quality falls into the last two categories, Very Unhealthy and Hazardous, you should consider staying indoors as much as possible or consulting a local real estate agent.

While the AQI can give you clues as to when it will be best to be outdoors, this measure will vary greatly depending on your location. And though it is often the case that poor air quality tends to center around metro areas (since there is typically more industry, more cars, and higher levels of pollution in general), things like topography and geography can play major roles in how and where air pollution concentrates. Mountain ranges, hills, and valleys can act as walls and funnels for air pollution, allowing it to move, collect and settle in places that you would expect to have much better air quality. Geographical features like these can also effect the duration of poor air quality, causing it to stick around and not allowing it to dissipate as quickly. This is one reason why air quality is so poor in Beijing. Images from this city sometimes show a literal fog of pollution hanging over the city, and while air quality there is generally worse than any location in the U.S., the same types of geographic features that trap air pollution around Beijing can also be found throughout the U.S.

During the warmer months, air quality tends to worsen. Heat changes simple air pollution, so while the same levels of exhaust and carbon dioxide during the winter months may register as Moderate, during the summer they may appear as Unhealthy on the AQI. Add summer heat to industrial and exhaust and you have the recipe for ground level ozone - a powerful lung irritant that can aggravate asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions.

So what does this all mean? Poor summer air quality isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so the AQI can be a handy tool to help you schedule your daily tasks with as little impact as possible. Morning tends to be the best time to get your outdoor tasks finished, and some things should simply be put off until rain, wind or decreasing temperatures improve the AQI score. Masks with activated carbon can also be helpful if you must spend time outdoors when the air quality if poor. This type of mixed filtration media mask not only targets particulate but also help to traps chemical pollutants like smoke and chemical pollutants from vehicles. Remember your meds. For a variety of reasons, people will often short dose themselves or simply skip medications that can help. Avoid this on days where the air quality is bad and you have to spend time outside. If you must spend time outdoors, take frequent breaks and get inside to cooler temperatures. Finally, drink plenty of water. Heat exacerbates many conditions, and during the summer, heat exhaustion and dehydration unnecessarily cause and worsen problems for many.

Indoors, you can keep help to improve air quality by using a HEPA air purifier which can remove not only particulate but chemicals, odors and help to keep dust levels down. Replacing your HVAC filter regularly is always a good idea. This filter is often your first line of defense in removing air pollutants in your home. Lastly, when the air quality is poor outside, keep the doors and windows closed (though most do anyway when using AC).

For more information on the EPA's Air Quality Index or to check the air quality near you.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Free HEPA Filter with Purchase of any Miele Vacuum CleanerThough it is rare for Miele to offer a promotion, this summer, if you purchase any Miele vacuum cleaner you will receive a free HEPA filter. From now until the end of July, we will include a free HEPA filter the purchase of any Miele canister, upright or stick vacuum. For models like the popular S8 canisters, this means you will get an additional HEPA filter. For the economical S2 Miele vacuums, this means you get a free HEPA upgrade!

In many circles Miele vacuums are known simply as a luxury appliance. Styling, performance and price place many of their models at the top of the luxury vacuum list. For us, Miele is an effective, durable home cleaning machine, and recently, J.D. Power and Associates recognized both Miele canister and uprights as ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction".

Miele was recently ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction in Both the Upright and Canister Vacuum Cleaner Categories.Beyond the accolades, independently tested HEPA filtration, an array of features and tools, and quality construction combine to deliver the type of clean that not only leaves your home looking better but actually healthier too. From dirt, soil, and pet hair to allergens like dander, pollen and mold spores, these vacuums are designed to remove not only the mess you can see but also the microparticles that can pollute your indoor environment. From styling and ease of use to performance and durability, a Miele can be a great fit in any home.

Now, in addition to free express delivery, you can save up $49.95 in the form of a free filter. Each free filter will be included in the box with your purchase. One FREE HEPA filter per vacuum. Take advantage of this rare offer from Miele before time runs out!

Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
AllerAir Air PurifiersAllerAir air purifiers are solidly built and THE choice for many people with chemical sensitivities or those looking to remove high concentrations of smoke, odors, and chemicals. They are also highly customizable units that are individually built for you when you place your order. And there, is where a problem can sometime arise. So I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you a little about them and what to expect when you order.

Like few other models available today, AllerAir air purifiers have a steel body. This adds durability and pretty much eliminates the potential for off gassing, which can happen with some less expensive, plastic models. Each HEPA air purifier also uses three types of filter media. So in addition to pleated HEPA filter media for particle allergens like pollen, dander, mold spores and dust mites, each model also has a coarse prefilter to keep large, visible particles out of the other filter media and a bed of activated carbon. The carbon is the key for many people, since it is the core of odor, smoke and chemical filtration that draws people to AllerAir to begin with.

With a WIDE variety of options when it comes to the carbon in your machine, comes choice but also time. Instead of a having a single standard type of carbon or single type of air purifier, AllerAir's variety makes construction a more time consuming process. Typically, if you order a new air purifier or filter, you should expect it to arrive in two to three weeks. Granted, this does seem like a considerable amount of time considering most of our other air purifiers ship either the day you order or the following day, but there are two things to keep in mind.

First, the units are all essentially custom orders. AllerAir does not stock any air purifiers due to the wide variety of models that they sell. It's just not feasible to carry, say two or five of every model, if you ultimately offer several hundreds of potential models. Second, most consumers are in the U.S. and AllerAir is a Canadian company. You can always add a couple days in shipping as it crosses the border.

Additionally, most AllerAir HEPA air purifiers provide anywhere from 10-15 years of use (more for many people). So while the time it takes for you to get it may seem like a lot, you truly are investing in a machine that can and will provide cleaner air for years and years to come.

Here at Achoo, we really like AllerAir air purifiers. Not only are they extremely durable, but they're effective for both particle and chemical/smoke/odor filtration, and their made in N. America. We do realize the time frame can seem like a lot for some folks, but it is a custom product, and you know what they say? Good things come to those who wait.

Confused about all the options AllerAir offers? Choose the Right AllerAir for You.

Author: K. Gilmore

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