Roswell, GA February 6, 2009 - On Monday, Punxsutawney Phil, the country's most famous groundhog, saw his shadow and successfully predicted another six weeks of winter. For many Americans, this event was a simple indication of chillier temperatures to come. But for the millions of Americans dealing with winter allergies, it served as confirmation that they may have to endure six more weeks of aggravating symptoms. Luckily for this group of sufferers, relief from winter allergens is possible when using a high-quality air cleaner from Sylvane.com.
Air purifiers have long been considered effective solutions for removing common seasonal allergens, such as spring pollen and fall ragweed, from indoor environments. Yet, often times for allergy-sufferers, when these seasons draw to a close, so does their use of an air cleaner.
"This is a common mistake," said Steven Hong, president of Sylvane.com, an online supplier of solutions for a healthy and allergen-free environment. "Many people believe because of winter's low humidity, colder temperatures, and hibernating flowers that an air purifier is not necessary during the colder months. The surprising thing is that winter is the season when air purifiers can provide the most benefit to your indoor environment."
Winter allergies are frequently the result of higher exposure to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander, which stems from spending more time inside and out of the cold. Symptoms can also be triggered by particles and fumes expelled from heating sources such as furnaces, gas heaters, wood-burning stoves, and log-filled fireplaces.
"During the winter months, we also take steps to seal up our windows and doors to prevent cold drafts from coming inside," Hong said. "This can be good and bad. While weatherizing keeps our homes warm and energy efficient, it has a negative effect on our air quality because it blocks fresh air circulation and reduces ventilation. Both are key processes that help clear out indoor irritants."
Hong recommends using a good-quality air cleaner, rated for either general particle filtration or specifically for allergen particle removal, to reduce high indoor allergen concentrations in the wintertime. "These appliances can help circulate the air and simulate ventilation while using special filters to collect irritating particles - often to near 100% effectiveness," he said.
According to Douglas Zailskas, Sylvane.com's director of sales, an Austin Air purifier, such as the HealthMate model, can remove a variety of indoor allergens including dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, cigarette smoke, chemical vapors, and gas fumes.
"The HealthMate unit uses a combination of HEPA and activated carbon filters to trap 99.97% of allergens that are 0.3 microns and larger and 95% of allergens that are 0.1 micron and smaller," Zailskas said. "As an added benefit, it helps to remove airborne germs, bacteria, and viruses from your environment, which means that cold- and flu-causing pathogens will be less likely to spread throughout your indoors."
Another top pick from Zailskas is the Blueair 650E air purifier. The Energy Star-rated unit is efficient in removing 99.97% of allergens with the help of an electronic particle sensor and an electronic gas sensor. "These features automatically detect and report indoor particle and pollution levels, so you'll know when to adjust the air purifier's filtration speed and air-changing rate," he said.
Other models such as those in the Alen air purifier collection and the IQAir line are known for their superior filtration, their energy efficiency, and their easy-to-use controls.
"Winter is the time when you should be doubly concerned about your home's indoor air quality, and it's the perfect time to learn how to manage it effectively," Hong added. "Air purifiers are your first step in this process."
Sylvane.com is a leading online supplier of innovative solutions for healthy and comfortable living. The company provides detailed product information, product comparisons, and personalized consultation on indoor environment and indoor health issues to both the residential and commercial markets. Sylvane.com's broad range of solutions includes air quality, heating, cooling, water purification, water damage restoration, natural lighting, and safe cleaning products.
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