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Posted by kevvyg on Monday, May 19, 2014
Introducing AirPura HEPA Air PurifiersAirPura is one of the newest companies in the air filtration business, but don't let that fool you into thinking that this means they lack for experience. AirPura was founded nearly a decade ago by veterans in the air purifier industry. One look at the style and design on AirPura HEPA air purifiers may give you some idea as to where they draw their experience from. Taking this experience and know-how, they took existing standard in air filtration and improved them. As a result, AirPura has a line of air purifiers that exceeds even industry leaders in some very noticeable ways. So what did they improve and what does that mean for those dealing with allergies or asthma?

There are three areas where AirPura has made changes to provide a better product.
  • Filtration - From tried and true to cutting edge, AirPura offers a range of filtration styles to remove particle allergens like pollen, dander, and dust mites as well as odors, smoke and chemical vapors. Air Pura Filtration A HEPA filter is standard in most models, as is a carbon filter and large particle prefilter. Some models integrate UV light while others integrate AirPura's TitanClean technology for some of the most comprehensive filtration available. Regardless of which AirPura you choose, each filter type can be independently changed. So unlike some combination filters that result in one of the combined filter medias wearing out before the other, each type of filter in the AirPura can be changed exactly when it needs to be.
  • Components - For some of the most sensitive individuals, the solution to air quality problems can actually create more problems. From plastics that off-gas and UV bulbs that emit ozone to compounds in the carbon and rubber/foam/plastics found throughout the machine, many modern air purifiers can emit harmful byproducts that can aggravate conditions for those coping with chemical sensitivities or severe respiratory problems. AirPura takes a different approach by greatly limiting the use of adhesives, rubber, foam and plastics. This is why you will notice felt gaskets around the filter assembly, a steel shell with powder coat finish, a coconut shell based activated carbon (one of the most MCS friendly carbon bases available), UV bulbs that are CARB compliant (meeting California's stringent UV standards and exceed EPA standards), and electrical components that rest outside of the flow of cleaned air through the machine. Particularly for anyone who has dealt with problems caused by cheap air purifiers, these small details add up to a big difference.
  • Air Flow - Air and water share some similar characteristics, and in this case, kinks or bends in the flow can dramatically reduce coverage. The more sharp bends air has to negotiate inside the air purifier, the less efficiently it flows through the machine and the more energy it uses. Things like 90° angles inside the machine can dramatically reduce not only airflow but also coverage. AirPura air purifiers have a very streamlined internal flow with no sharp bends. This is why it has the highest CFM of any residential air purifier, 560. This is also why an AirPura can cover up to 700 sq. ft. at a rate of 6 full air exchanges per hour. Thanks to the internal design and a powerful motor, you get more coverage for your buck with an AirPura.
  • Noise - On the lowest fan speed, each AirPura air purifier registers about 28 decibels at six feet away. This makes them some of the quietest air purifiers on the market. This also means you can simply turn the fan down at night and make the bedroom more accommodating for light sleepers.
Air Pura Air Purifier Color Options: White, Cream, BlackThere are some similarities with other well known brands. A steel shell for durability and powder coat finish that eliminates off-gassing, casters, no frills design, an easy to use control panel, and 360° air intake are all features that are shared by AirPura and some of the leaders in the industry.

Currently, the three models we offer are the base model, the AirPura HEPA R600, which provides excellent three stage filtration suitable for most people dealing with allergies, asthma or COPD; the carbon-rich AirPura C600, which employs a thick, 26 lb carbon filter ideal for chemical abatement, removing high levels of smoke, odors, vapors; and, the most comprehensive, the AirPura HEPA P600, which uses five-stage filtration to tackle the widest range of allergens, pollutants, pathogens, and irritants of all AirPura models. Each model offers a unique solution for general or specific air quality problems.

If you want to learn more about what AirPura has to offer you, visit our AirPura page or view our entire line of high quality HEPA air purifiers.

Author: KevvyG

Posted by kevvyg on Friday, April 11, 2014
Not Dust. Not Bird Doo-Doo.  Pollen!Spring allergy season is fully upon us in many parts of the country. Locally, Atlanta has seen an average pollen count of 2,624 for each of the last nine days! As usual tree pollen is the primary culprit early in the season. If the iPhone was just a little better, I could have shared an image of a literal cloud of pollen blowing off the pines this weekend! So with all this going on what can you do? Sitting indoors during this beautiful part of the year, though not attractive, is an option. Medication is readily available, but many people don't like dealing with the side effects. Here are three simple products and tasks to help keep allergies under better control during this difficult time of the year.

First and foremost, you should try to limit your exposure. For many outdoor tasks this can mean squeezing them into different parts of the day when pollen levels and air quality is better. Typically, mornings are good since dew can help to keep pollen from becoming airborne, winds are generally lighter, and overall air quality is at its best. However, if you're outdoors, remember a few things. A quality allergy mask can be handy to have. Most are lightweight; many are washable; and all can help to prevent you from breathing in pollen while you're outdoors. When outdoors, wear something that you plan on taking off or changing when you go indoors. This means that when you're done, remove your shoes, jacket, hat, etc. at the door and set them aside. Just because there is pollen outside doesn't mean you should have to deal with it indoors as well. Once inside, wash up! If you're doing a more strenuous outdoor activity, you may not want to wear a mask, but if this is the case, flush your sinuses when you’re finished. This can rinse away any allergens trapped in your nose or nasal passages and remove the source of the irritation.

Two Free Boxes of Filterbags with Each Miele Marin VacuumMoving indoors, remember to vacuum! Just one walk to the mailbox outside is enough for me to leave greenish-yellow tracks on the rug at my front door. Vacuuming and dusting with sealed system, HEPA vacuum cleaner can keep spring pollen from started at your front door and being dispersed throughout your home. If you were considering a Miele HEPA vacuum, now might be a good time to choose one. In addition to Free Express Delivery (all but one model delivers in 1 or 2 business days), when you buy now you can get a year's worth of vacuum bags for free! The Miele filterbag trap all visible particles and features 9-ply filtration to remove large allergens while the certified HEPA filter removes all of the rest from not only your floors but also the air in your home.

Lastly, using a HEPA air purifier in your bedroom and can make all the difference in how well you sleep. We have long been proponents of creating a space in your home that is allergy friendly, and since most people spend more time in the bedroom than any other room, it is the best place to start! A high quality air purifier can filter out and trap common allergens like dust mites, dander, dust, and yes, pollen. Generally, it is best to set the air purifier on a low or medium setting and let it quietly do its work through the day and night.

Vornado AC500 HEPA Air PurifierWhile these things cannot cure your allergies, combined, they can go a very long ways toward reducing your exposure and limiting symptoms during this trying part of the year. To help you feel better and breathe easier, not only are we offering the free filterbags with each Miele vacuum, but we're also going to give away a Vornado HEPA Air Purifier! Sleek and powerful, the AC500 uses two HEPA filters and two activated carbon prefilters to remove large visible particles as well as pollen, dust and common household allergens. With four fan speeds, digital controls, replacement indicators and a five year warranty, this HEPA air purifier is effective, simply to operate and bound to provide years of allergy relief.

Using Rafflecopter, we're offering you several ways to enter, retweet, share on Facebook, etc. It's up to you how many chances you'd like to win, but sharing is caring! (And it's also a good way to increase your chances of winning!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Author: KevvyG

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Posted by kevvyg on Friday, January 31, 2014
Last Weekend to Get a Free HEPA Filter with Every Vacuum PurchaseJust a reminder, this is the LAST weekend you'll be able to purchase any Miele vacuum cleaner and get a free HEPA filter with your purchase. Miele vacuum cleaners have been consistently ranked among the very best for years. Whether it's their powerful suction, extremely quiet operation, industry leading durability and innovative features or their world class filtration, the Miele name has long been synonymous for luxury home appliance.

People dealing with allergies and asthma have long known the benefits of improved indoor air quality, and whether it is from Miele testing or independent test results, Miele vacs remove more pollutants and particles than any other brand around.

Time is running out, but you still have through this weekend to purchase a new Miele HEPA vacuum cleaner and receive not only FREE EXPRESS DELIVERY on every model but also a FREE HEPA FILTER, up to a $49.95 value.

Opt for a healthier home and put $50 worth of free product in your pocket, shop Miele vacuum cleaners.

Author: Kevin Gilmore

Posted by kevvyg on Thursday, January 02, 2014
Was one of your New Year's resolutions to have a healthier home or maybe to try to be more organized and clean a little more in 2014? If either of these were things you resolved to do this year or if you simply want a cleaner home or wish to treat yourself to one of the best home cleaning appliances available, Miele wants to lend a hand! Starting yesterday, with the purchase of any new Miele vacuum, you'll get a free HEPA filter.

Miele Canister and Upright Vacuums Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction by the J.D. Power and AssociatesWhether you are dealing with allergies, asthma, or COPD or you are simply looking for a luxury home appliance that is not only effective but also durable and stylish, Miele vacuums can help. All feature powerful suction, durable construction, stylish design and are incredibly versatile. From cleaning delicate flooring or high traffic carpet and dusting to cleaning drapes, detailing your car (or computer) or keeping hard-to-reach areas clean, Miele vacuums offer a range of features, attachments and prices to fit your needs and your budget.

Unlike other vacuums that use cheap materials, Miele vacs are manufactured in Germany and extensively tested. Their performance and longevity are two reason why Miele vacuums have won past and current acclaim from Consumers Digest, J.D. Power, Good Housekeeping, and the Housewares Design Awards as well as Architectural Digest, SHAPE, and Real Simple magazines. And independent testing has shown that Miele outperforms any other vacuum when it comes to improving air quality and filtering out microparticles like pet dander, pollen, dust mite allergen, and dust.

So, if you're considering improving your home but also improving your health, you can't go wrong with a Miele. The free HEPA filter promotion means that if you're considering a model without it, you'll now get one. You can turn a Miele S6, like the Onyx from a great vacuum to one that features all of the components of Miele's world class, AirClean filtration system - 9 ply Filterbag, HEPA Filter, Pre-motor Filter, and sealed system. For models like the premium Miele UniQ the free filters means you won't have to worry about purchasing a new filter until 2016.

To Shop All Miele Vacuums. And as always, if you have any questions, give us a call, chat or submit an FAQ!

Author: K. 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, January 25, 2012
If you've spent time on this site investigating indoor air quality or simply looking for ways to relieve allergy symptoms, you have likely come across specific characteristics we suggest that you should look for in a vacuum cleaner.

Miele LibraFor years we have recommended that allergy, asthma and MCS sufferers invest in a quality HEPA vacuum cleaner that features a sealed system. The reason was because only this type of vacuum can truly remove allergens and the ultra fine particles in the air that can trigger asthma attacks or allergic reactions. Researchers in Australia recently published findings confirming what we have long recommended.

In testing 21 different types of vacuum cleaners, researchers concluded that the models tested allowed between 40,000 and 1.2 billion particles to pass completely through the vacuum. The size of the particles in this range was .5 to 20 microns, which means that in a typical household it could include common allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust.

Some of the models tested include Dyson, Hoover, iRobot, and Sanyo. The ages of the vacuums tested also ranged from 6 months to 22 years old.

An article from WebMD highlighted this study, pointing out other practices and products we have recommended for allergy sufferers, including the use of HEPA filters, microfiber or electrostatic dust cloths and the removal of carpet.

While the testing did not cover a comprehensive sampling of models, there are a few important take aways. First, vacuuming with a traditional vacuum cleaner that lacks a sealed system or HEPA filter will NOT help to remove allergens and fine particles. Secondly, using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter can improve indoor air quality while cleaning your floors. Lastly, and most importantly, this study highlights the link between vacuuming and its relationship to indoor air quality in the home.

To read the Study's Abstract

Posted by kevvyg on Monday, January 23, 2012
For pet allergy sufferers, keeping dander out of the house seems like an easy task if you don't own a pet, but there are still some hidden ways that dander can make it's way inside your home and on your furniture.

Since pet dander can be as small as just a few microns, it can easily become airborne and attach to household items, particularly clothing and upholstered furniture. So while your buddy, Phil, may be bringing the cheese dip for the Superbowl party, he's likely also carrying a healthy dose of cat dander from his three shorthaired Persians.

But don't exclude Phil just because he's a cat owner (or a Patriots fan). There are a couple quick and easy ways to ensure that the cat dander that came with him doesn't make you miserable for the next week.

By vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum cleaner, you can not only clean up the nacho crumbs left on the sofa but also pet dander and other allergens that guests can commonly bring inside your home. When vacuuming to improve your health (not just appearances) always opt for a vac that has a sealed system and true HEPA filter. Vacuums that lack these features often only redistribute allergens throughout your home.

For throws and decorative pillows, you can simply toss these in the dryer, on high heat, for 15 minutes to kill and remove most allergens that may have settled on them.

For any surface that is prone to collecting allergens from visitors, another convenient solution is an anti-allergen spray. These come in a few varieties but all do the same thing, denature or oxidize protein allergens.

So even after a house full of guests, these simple things can help remove hidden allergens that have made their way into your home.

Posted by Jamie on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Blueair Sale!

This week is your last chance to find great savings on our Blueair air purifiers! From now until May 1st, you will receive 10% off your purchase of any Blueair model. Combine that with our Free Ground Shipping on these air purifiers and you can save big this week.

Blueair air purifiers are built to fit a wide variety of rooms. Smaller units like the Blueair 203 are ideal for smaller bedrooms and nurseries, while larger units like the Blueair 603 are ideal for living rooms and bedrooms. Be sure to select a model that will best suit your space and provide you with 5-6 air exchanges per hour.

All Blueair air purifiers eliminate particulate matter and allergens like mold spores, pet dander, dust mite allergen, and pollen. With their revolutionary HEPASilent technology, which combines mechanical and electrostatic filtration, Blueair air purifiers outperform most standard HEPA units by capturing 99.7% of particles at 0.1 micron. Thanks to patented technology, these air purifiers achieve peak performance with nearly silent performance.


Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
10% Off Alen Air Purifiers

Alen Air Purifiers deliver the performance of the most expensive air purifiers at affordable prices. Alen's HEPA filtration system traps and destroys indoor pollutants like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores that inflame allergies and asthma. By moving more air than the competition, these air purifiers remove irritants from the air. With a range of size options and filter options, Alen has an air purifier to meet your needs.

Imagine having the cleanest air possible and breathing easier without sacrificing style and space. The Alen Paralda is a new category of air purifier—sleek and stylish with a great performance record. This HEPA style air purifier distinguishes itself by the filtration it delivers and by how little energy it consumes.

For home or office, the Alen A350 is one of Alen's most popular air purifiers. This quiet and efficient model delivers HEPA filtration at a cost much lower than comparable models. Additional filter options give you the ability to focus in on pathogens, smoke, or odor filtration.

The Alen A375UV contains the features of the A350 unit, but includes two UV lamps, a titanium dioxide filter, dust / odor sensors, and a remote control. It has more activated carbon for improved odor removal. With this model, you not only increase convenience but also broaden the filtration range of captured allergens.

The Alen T100 Desktop air purifier delivers style and performance with a compact design. Ideal for use in smaller environments like an office cubicle or small room, the T100 offers HEPA filtration with activated carbon filters for enhanced odor removal.

In a compact unit, the Alen T300 Tower air purifier delivers efficient performance. Unlike many other tower designs, the Alen T300 is a true HEPA air purifier with advanced features like a UV lamp for bacterial control and activated carbon filter for enhanced odor removal.


Posted by Jamie on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Miele Capricorn is Purple!One of our most popular vacuum cleaners is changing its stripes! The Miele Capricorn has changed from silver to a stunning passion purple color with a pearl finish.

It is hard to argue with our belief that the Miele Capricorn is the best canister vacuum cleaner on the market. This is the top of the line, the cream of the crop, the Mercedes of vacuum cleaners. For the allergy sufferer who wants the absolute best vacuum with every luxury feature imaginable, the Miele Capricorn captures 99.99% of all household allergens. Also, the active HEPA filter and sealed system help improve your indoor air quality.

The Miele Capricorn comes with your choice of either the Miele SEB 236 powerbrush with a lamp or the smaller and lighter Miele SEB 217-3 powerbrush. It also comes standard with the very best parquet or hard floor tool in the Miele floor care series.

Here are some quick descriptions of the included attachments:

  • The SEB 236 Powerbrush is a carpet tool with a 13 3/8" wide brush roll and 5 height adjustments for a variety of carpet densities. It is the most popular choice when purchasing a Miele Capricorn. This carpet tool has a swivel-neck for maneuverability, an integrated light, an all-around bumper strip to protect your furniture, and an automatic shut-off when in the parked position. Recommended for deep cleaning medium and thick carpeting.


  • The SEB 217-3 Powerbrush is a powerbrush with a 10" wide brush roll with floating head and swivel-neck design. It is recommended for deep cleaning and restoring of crushed carpet nap on low- to medium-pile carpets with moderate densities.


  • The SBB 300-3 Parquet Floor Tool has a mixture of polyamide and natural hair that ensures a gentle cushion for this floor brush. The design makes sure that tile, wood, and other smooth surfaces are cleaned thoroughly with extreme care. It has a 90 degree rotation and is exceptionally agile at cleaning around obstacles and in tight places.
The new color for the Miele vacuum is exciting, but the strong suction and long lifespan make this vacuum a great investment for anyone looking for a quality vacuum cleaner.

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