Are you staying with family this summer vacation? If you’re like most allergy and asthma sufferers, you probably can’t imagine a weekend or week away from your air filter. You know you won’t sleep as well or be as comfortable. It’s so frustrating! Well it doesn’t have to be that hard – did you know you actually can bring your air filter with you when you stay with family on summer vacation? Just try our air filter etiquette tips before you show up at their door with your air filter in hand.
The typical host/hostess wants their guests to be comfortable in their home. If you leave your air filter at home you probably will be uncomfortable with your allergies. An air filter easily fits in the corner of a room, doesn’t make a lot of noise and won’t disturb anyone. From most points of view, this is a low-key request to make to ask to bring your air filter along. Some guests might feel most comfortable offering to pay a little towards the electric bill because they are plugging something in – though your air filter doesn’t use that much electricity. Still it is a thoughtful thing to do for your host and they will appreciate the gesture.
Take responsibility for your air filter during the vacation. Once you have gotten the “yes” to bring your air filter, take the responsibility of managing it during the vacation. Ask where you should plug it in and put it exactly where they tell you to. Remind young children it is not a toy and won’t offer any type of entertainment. Tell your host or hostess how to turn it on or off in case they wish to do so. While you might leave your air filter on all the time, your host or hostess may wish you to turn it off while you are out during the day. Follow their wishes in their home.
Pack your air filter gently for travel for summer vacation. A box and some towels for cushioning are a good choice. Lying it flat or on its side can also be useful. Don’t let your air filter slide around in the car. It should be secure and not bounce. It also should not have the hot sun on it all the time, cover it with something. Your air filter is an expensive device; you’ll want to cover it to protect it from prying eyes as you travel, stop for gas and food along the way.
Remember to bring an extra air filter with you. There’s something stressful about summer vacations for many of us. It seems we always forget to do something or leave something behind. Bring an extra air filter so if your air filter is ready to be changed, you can easily do that. It may be hard to find your air filter quickly on your summer vacation. This also will help keep you comfortable.
Enjoy your summer vacation!
For allergy and asthma sufferers – the hot summer weather can be brutal. Trying to stay cool is important during the summer. Your air filter can help you to be more comfortable during the summer months – if you help it to do a good job for you.
Stay properly hydrated. Many people are dehydrated without realizing it. Caffeinated soda, coffee and tea actually do not hydrate you but dehydrate you – making you feel more thirsty and sometimes other symptoms of dehydration like tired or a headache. The best “energy drink” especially during the summer is water. Be sure to drink plenty of water and carry a bottle of water with you on-the-go so you’ve always got some to drink. Staying hydrated is a key step to helping your body stay cool in the heat.
Use fans or your air conditioner. If you have a fan or air conditioner, summertime is the ideal time to use these. You don’t have to run up a huge electric bill, running them on “high” all the time. Wear light and loose clothing indoors and don’t sleep with blankets. Keep windows and doors closed as you run the fan or air conditioner to keep your home cool.
Running your air filter will give you cleaner air to breathe and will make you more comfortable overall. Remember to clean the air filter in your air conditioner and to gently wipe down the blades of your fan (unplugged) so you aren’t circulating dust into the air. This tip alone will have you beating the heat and feeling much more comfortable in the summertime with your allergies and asthma. Try to keep an extra air filter on hand so if you want to change air filters, you don’t have to wait for one to be delivered – you’ve got one readily available to you easily and quickly.
Eat light and cool meals. Most people don’t want to cook much during the summer. Take advantage of all of the yummy summer fruits and vegetables. Eat cold summer salads with protein in them. Lighter meals will help you stay cool.
By staying cool your allergies and asthma will likely feel more comfortable. Many allergy and asthma sufferers feel uncomfortable in the heat and humidity. Enjoy summer, stay hydrated and cool – and your allergies won’t get you down!
Looking out the window I see the tiny green leaves of my daffodils peeping through. A happy sign of spring I’ve been looking forward to, especially with all of this snow. But if you have asthma or allergies, spring is a season we must always prepare for. It’s the season when we allergy and asthma sufferers face weeks of pollen. Are you ready for spring?
Your air filter purifier can be a big help to you during spring allergy season, but you’ve got to help it help you. Not being prepared for spring allergy season will only overwork your already hardworking air filter machine. Your air filter machine is prepared to work hard for you – but expecting it to do more than its fair share simply isn’t practical planning. Now is the time to do some easy spring cleaning and get ready for the coming spring season.
If you suffer from pollen allergies or asthma then you know that pollen can be tracked into the house. So it is not just the pollen outdoors, it is the pollen that can come indoors. Take the time now to be sure your vacuum cleaner is in top notch working order. Get extra vacuum cleaner bags if your model uses them. And now is the perfect time for a top to bottom thorough vacuuming. Take the time to vacuum every room in your home, to remove excess dust or any potential allergens. You want to be ready for the coming pollen.
Check your air filter machine and be sure it is working properly. Can you use all of the different speeds and settings? Now is also the time to order extra air filters, before spring allergy season is upon us. Don’t be shy about spending a few dollars for rush shipping. Better to spend five or ten dollars more to have the air filter when you need them, than to suffer needlessly for a week or more while waiting for your new air filter to arrive.
While spring is warmer, many of us wear a light jacket or sweater during the season. To keep the pollen down, wash your coat and/or sweater regularly. Pollen will fall on you and your clothing. If you are wearing something regularly, pollen will stick around and fall in your home, causing you further aggravation.
Finally consider getting a second air filter purifier machine to make spring much more comfortable. Most of us find spring comfortable with our air filter machines but imagine if you had another air filter machine for the living room, den, home office or other room you use regularly? You’d probably enjoy your home even more.
The BioGS SPA-421A Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier by RabbitAir is a good choice.
I have a confession to make: I didn’t follow my own advice. You may remember from previous blogs that I’ll encourage you to order your air filter refills ahead of time – so you aren’t without your home air purifier.
Well I got busy and simply forgot to order my air filter refill! And by the time I realized I needed a refill, the current air filter was finished. So I decided to take the days it would take for my air filter to come as an opportunity: what would life be like without my air filter?
I think one of the biggest things I noticed was my sleep. I had more trouble settling down and going to sleep without the air filter. When I woke up, I also seemed less rested.
The other thing I noticed – and I’ve never seen any other research to back this up – was that my air-conditioned room seemed less cool. Somehow, when the air filter and the air conditioning were running together, I could put the air conditioner on “low” and the room would be frosty cold. But without the air filter, often I’d need to crank it up to “high” to get that same effect. With my air filter there have been times – even in these very hot NorthEast summer days (90 plus degree heat and humidity) where I had turned my air conditioner off and just let the air filter run on its own. Again, I’ve seen no other research mentioned on that. But I thought it was a very interesting thing to notice.
The air in my room seemed “okay” but lost a lot of the crispness I was used to. Things like cooking smells from the kitchen would waft into my room. Not unpleasant smells, just things that the air filter normally would filter out.
When my new air filter refill came, I happily popped it into my unit and turned it on. I was somewhat relieved this “experiment” was over – as I already knew what I’d assumed: life with your air filter is far more pleasant. I sleep deeper and feel more comfortable.
And you’ll be relieved to know I did follow my own advice and ordered two air filter refills at the same time. So I’ve got a backup waiting for me. No more “experiments” for me!
You don’t need to run this experiment to know that an air filter gives you great benefits. And don’t put yourself in the position where you’ve run out of air filters and you have to go without. Order two or three air filters at once – you’ll also save on shipping and handling costs! It’s a great convenience knowing you’ve got your air filter refills waiting for you, ready to use. This past week has been an experience I wouldn’t want to repeat any time soon.
Try these helpful tips to keep you from experimenting:
Ordering an air filter machine for the first time? Order two air filter refills at the same time. You’ll likely be replacing the air filter every three months or so, depending on use. Your machine should come with one air filter refill – and those two air filters will get you through most of the coming year.
Need an air filter refill? Order several at a time. We suggest ordering two to four at a time. You’ll save on shipping and handling. Four air filter refills and you’ll have enough air filter refills to get through the coming year (depending on usage). Keep them in a cool, dry place away from extreme temperatures.
Write down your air filter machine number and the air filter refill number in your address book and other convenient locations. This way you’re always ready to reorder quickly. Many put off reordering because they just don’t have this information at their fingertips. Get organized and you’ll be glad you’ve got it exactly where you need it!
If your college student suffers from allergies or asthma, a smart purchase can be an air purifier. Some parents may wonder if they should get their college student an air purifier. How do you know it is the best time to get them a purifier?
Any student can benefit from an air filter purifier, not just one who has allergies or asthma. People with air purifier tend to breathe easier and sleep sounder. If your college student has lots of tests and projects, it would please many parents to know they’d be able to sleep more soundly the night before a big test or to be breathing easier regularly. Some dorms have things an air filter can help to purify such as cigarette smoke and cooking smells. As you can see, there are many reasons to get an air purifier for your college student. Not simply for the college student with allergies or asthma.
It is important that an air purifier be treated with proper care. If your college student is known for misplacing things or not treating their belongings well, you may need to explain how to care for an air filter. Caring for an air filter is not difficult but not using it properly will mean it does not work effectively. Don’t hang clothing or other objects over it. Don’t sit or lean on it. The best thing to do with your air filter is to put it in a corner or part of the room where it can be out of the way of regular activity. Many college students are social and like to have friends in their rooms. Friends need to understand that the air filter needs to be treated properly.
The air filter needs to be changed occasionally so it works best. For most users this will be several times a year. It is probably most convenient for college parents to give their college student the air filter with several air filters to change when they need changing. This way they are ready to change the air filter as needed. Or give them ordering instructions so they know how to order them and understand when a refill will be needed.
Don’t be surprised if you hear from your college student that they are getting a better night’s sleep. They may feel better overall, a sign that they are just breathing better and more deeply. If others smoke in the dorm or cooking smells have bothered them, these may no longer be experienced. It is very pleasing to know the air filter is doing its job well.
An air purifier is the ideal gift for any college student; they will appreciate your thoughtfulness.