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Reduce Odors with Filtrete Air Filters

Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter

For years I have battled with allergies.  Some places I’ve lived have made it easier to deal with than others but unfortunately living in this part of North Carolina has me continually struggling.  I try my best to keep the floors vacuumed, surfaces dusted, sheets changed, windows shut, and air filters up to date.  I’m a huge fan of Filtrete air filters for a little allergy relief but now they have a new Odor Reduction Filter!  A filter that blocks dust, and pollen, and ickiness is great on it’s own but now it helps minimize obnoxious odors!  I’m in love!

 

Healthy living expert and author Lisa Beres has shared tips with us on how to naturally remove odors from the home and I hope you find them helpful.  I know I have!

 

Lisa’s tips include:

  • Clean the fridge drawers and shelves by adding a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda and stir until it creates a thick paste.  This will remove odors as well as stains left behind from food.
  • To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat.
  • Reduce the unpleasant smell of pet dander by bathing and grooming your pet weekly.
  • Pesky ants and other insects can make their way into your kitchen but instead of using harsh toxins, set a line of coffee
    grinds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an effective barrier they won’t cross.  {I need to try this!}

 

Filter Benefits:

  • 65 times more effective than other carbon filters at removing odors, such as those from cooking, tobacco smoke, pets, mildew and cleaning chemicals. {65% is HUGE!}
  • Starts to remove even the strongest odors in minutes, after the furnace fan is turned on.
  • Captures large airborne allergens such as household dust, pollen, mold spores and dust mite debris.
  • Captures microscopic particles such as smoke, pet dander and smog.
  • Last up to three months for odor removal and particle capture for air passing through the filter.

These Odor Reduction Filters have a suggested retail price of $15.99 which isn’t much more than a regular filter!  They can be found at your local hardware, home center, grocery store, or they can be purchased online.

 

I LOVE this!  Filtrete has an eNewsletter that will email you when it’s time to change your filter!  I’m actually going to sign up for that right now because we’re always a month late.  They’ll also email you clever tips and money-saving coupons.  You can also follow @Filtrete on Twitter and like Filtrete on Facebook to stay up to date on their latest products and promotions.

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Keeping Your Home Healthy with Filtrete

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Since I was in junior high I have battled with allergies.  Some places I’ve lived have made it easier to deal with than others but unfortunately living in this part of North Carolina has me continually struggling.  I try my best to keep the floors vacuumed, surfaces dusted, sheets changed, windows shut, and air filters up to date.

 

Not only do I want to keep the air quality in our house clean for myself but also for the health of my entire family.  With a little one in the house I am ever conscience about allergens in the air and the overall cleanness of my home.  Small children are much more “in touch” with their surroundings.  They are nearer to the ground, they have their hands in their mouths, and well, they like to put everything in their mouths!  I like to be proactive when it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy home for my family.

 

I’ve read lots of tips on keeping a clean home but until recently I’ve never came across advice on how to winterize your home.  I’m excited to share with you some tips given from expert Jodi Marks on ways to winterize your home.  Some of you may know Home improvement expert Jodi Marks as the former co-host of HGTV’s Fix It Up! and co-author of Fix It In a Flash, a how-to book on the basics of home repair.  She is currently a cast member of the show Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford and an expert on the Filtrete Healthy Home Authority panel.  I’m pretty excited to share her tips with you!

 

“Homeowners often ‘summerize’ the home by sealing up windows and inspecting the furnace, but it’s just as important to ‘winterize’ the home for cooler temperatures.  In addition to keeping the home warm and safe for family and holiday guests, preparing the home for winter can help reduce monthly energy bills.

 

  1. When sealing up the home to help keep the warm air in, keep in mind that indoor air can be two to five times worse than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA).  To help improve your home’s indoor air quality and keep your heating system running efficiently, use a high performance filter, like the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction filter from 3M.  It captures 94 percent of large airborne particles, such as pet dander, mold spores and dust mite debris, from the air passing through the filter. The EPA suggests changing your filter every three months, so a good rule of thumb is to change your filter at the start of every season.
  2. Properly installing weatherproofing around your doors and windows and ensuring the insulation in your attic hasn’t gotten compacted can reduce air leakage in the home and help you save on your energy bill, according to Energy Star.  Be sure to check around the dryer vent, the kitchen exhaust hood vent and even the water bib for your garden hose. These are prime areas where warm air can escape through your walls to the outside.
  3. No one enjoys coming home to a frigid house at the end of a long day, but no one wants to expense of running the heat at full blast all the time, either.  An easy solution is to use a programmable thermostat can also help to reduce energy costs and keep your home warm and toasty.
  4. The leaves are falling from the trees as winter quickly approaches.  Heavily weighted down gutters from water and leaves can begin to pull them away from the fascia boards and lead to structural problems down the road.  Be sure to keep your gutters clean and ensure they drain water properly by filling in low areas with soil and slope the ground away from your home’s foundation.
  5. A large and costly roof problem can be avoided by identifying small leaks, which can occur from the effects of strong winds that push rainwater under the shingles of your roof.  Just because shingles are still in place doesn’t mean that there aren’t tears in them that could result in leaking, so be sure to have your roof inspected by a licensed professional.”

 

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Filtrete’s Elite Allergen Reduction filter captures 94 percent of the large airborne particles and allows the clean air to easily pass through.  94%!  It’s easy to see how Filtrete’s Allergen Reduction Filters can help clean your air but did you also know that they can help save you money?  It’s true!  These high quality air filters can help you save money by:

 

  • Keeping you healthier {Dr. visits can be costly}
  • Helping your air conditioner and heater run smoothly
  • Avoiding wasting money on a cheaper less efficient filter

 

If you are forgetful like me, you might enjoy Filtrete’s reminder system where you can sign up for email reminders to change your filter!

 

If you’re interested in learning more about the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter, then make sure to visit the Filtrete website. Filtrete’s current offers and specials for rebates & coupons.  Here are just a few of the Filtrete coupons available:

 

$10 off a 8 or 12 cup Filtrete water pitcher

 

$10 Filtrete water station

 

$3 off any Filtrete filter (out of prints)

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Reduce Allergens With Filtrete

Since I struggle with allergies I’m always trying to find ways to reduce allergens in my home.  Not to mention that I’m extra paranoid with a new baby coming.  Here’ are some of the things I do to reduce allergens:

  • Wash bed linens weekly
  1. Hypo-allergenic pillow cases may help block out dust mites from getting in your pillows.  Some doctors also recommend vacuuming your mattress weekly.
  • Vacuum, vacuum, and vacuum again
  1. Vacuum floors, vents, and furniture regularly.  I love our Dyson DC25 Animal and I put it to good use.
  • Wipe down sinks often
  1. The water that pools around a sink can create mold so it’s best to keep it dry.
  • Replace filters every 3 months
  • 3M Filtrete air filter

  1. Airborne particles in your home may include:
  • Household dust
  • Pollen & mold spores
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mite debris
  • Smoke & smog particles
  • Particles that can carry bacteria, viruses & odors

Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), recommends following the ABC’s  to help maintain a healthy home environment.

A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies (such as products made of feathers).

B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air.  Wash stuffed toys weekly in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth.

Check out 3M’s Clear Advantage Program on the Filtrete website where you’ll find additional healthy living tips, money saving offers, filter change reminders, and more via a seasonal e-newsletter.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”