Last week, I woke up with a stuffy head and puffy eyes. “Surely, pollen season hasn’t already started,” I thought. Wrong. The significant jump in temperature over the last couple of weeks prompted dormant trees to wake up and shake off their pollen, which resulted in a pollen count of 742. According to an Atlanta Journal Constitution article, there were no high pollen days in February 2010 and the highest February pollen count in 2009 was 386. Luckily, I had my trusty air purifier ready to go.
Unfortunately, Atlanta isn’t the only U.S. city facing the early onslaught of pollen. Many towns and cities across the southern and southwestern areas of the U.S. are dealing with medium to high levels of pollen, according to Pollen.com. So what’s going on?
For years, scientists have known that spring was occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did 20 years ago. However, a recent study has brought to light a connection between global warming and a longer ragweed season in North America. In fact, researchers report that ragweed season is now 27 days longer than it was in 1995. In a USA Today article, study co-author Kim Knowlton states that the further north you go, the greater the effect that the climate change has on ragweed season. So, what does this mean for you?
If you are one of the millions of Americans sensitive to ragweed, tree, and grass pollens, then you can expect longer periods of discomfort due to allergies and asthma. One way to reduce the presence of aggravating pollens in your indoor environment and get a handle on allergy and asthma symptoms is to add a high-quality air purifier—preferably one with HEPA filtration—to your home.
HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. These filters are essential for allergy- and asthma-sufferers because they are rated to remove 99.97% of particles that measure 0.3 microns and larger, including pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust, and dust mites. We carry a wide variety of HEPA-grade air purifiers, such as the bestselling IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier.
Consistently ranked a best buy by industry experts, the IQAir HealthPro Plus provides outstanding particle filtration as well as odor control and gas elimination thanks to a two-stage filtration system that uses HyperHEPA technology for particle control and a V5-Cell gas phase filter to remove gaseous toxins and odors. The HealthPro Plus purifies residential spaces up 1,000 square feet.
In addition to exceptional performance, the IQAir HealthPro Plus is also easy to use. It features a soft-touch control panel along with an intelligent filter life monitor, so you know exactly when it’s time to replace your filters. Six fan speed settings, easy-roll casters, and a convenient remote control are just a few more highlights of this great air purifier.