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Air Filter / Purifier

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  • #242814
    fmll
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    Does anyone here use one of these, or can provide another idea –

    I seem to occur what I think is a lot of dust in my bedroom. I deep clean it every fortnight. And by deep clean I mean dusting the ceiling fan, vacc’ing the mattress, cleaning the fly screens etc so the more than just general tidy stuff.

    So I did all that yesterday (sunday) and this morning I awoke with really awful allergies that I’ve noticed I seem to get after a deep clean – I assume since I’ve disturbed the dust? I use a swiffer type thing to dust and then give everything a good vac. Side note: I also have this style of allergy after a cat sleeps on my bed, but thy rarely do that now days. Oh and these are all self dianogsed allergies! hehe.

    I prefer to sleep with my windows open for natural ventaliation and I’m hesitant to buy a air filter because I don’t fancy having it run all night etc..

    Help? A part from having to deep clean every weekend. 😉

    #335551
    ali_celt
    Member

    Do you have old carpet in your room? I wonder if perhaps there are mould spores or something that is disturbed when you clean and that’s whats stirring up the allergies…

    #335552
    fmll
    Member

    This is the frustrating part Ali – the room was built less than 12 months ago!

    It’s a loft style bedroom and 1st March 2007, we had an electrical fire which guttered the room (and took all my belongings with it!) so 99% of the room was replaced and rebuilt.

    The allergies have probably only started in the past 6 months or so..

    #335553
    Theresa
    Member

    The fellow families I know with major chemical sensitivities all swear by the Austin Air Filter – but its very pricey…

    Could it be the off gassing of all the new stuff that was put in that you are reacting to?

    We are having similar issues but I think our house is just plain old and has over 100 years of dirt/dust build up!

    So sorry – not much help at all 🙁

    #335554
    Ggang
    Member

    I have an Austinair and they are excellent.

    the Aussie importer now makes a similar but better model

    see http://www.austinair.com.au

    all the other so called air purifyers you can buy in electrical stores are a waste of time and money, they only filter particles not VOCs

    I agree with theresa the problem is probably the offgassing but I have no doubt an air purifyer as above will fix it

    btw they are designed to run 24/7 and running it all night is perfectly safe. I dont run mine when I am not in the room in the day but I run it all night

    G

    #335555
    katerina
    Member

    I have a Russell hobbs Mountain breeze air purifier

    I have allergies to dust, but since relocating from Sydney to Adelaide, my allergies have been minimal.

    We also got rid of all our carpets, still have dust about but it does not affect me like it used to.

    i have always used an air purifier because of my allergies.

    (I was actually told by my allergy specialist, that the only way to get relief from my suffering was to move interstate, away from humidity which dust mite love to breed in.) and he was right:tup:

    #335556
    Kaff
    Member

    I’m with the offgasing of new materials and the dust mite theories, but I have another question, what is outside your window and yard?

    A friend of mine used to live next door to a vegetable garden with his window facing onto it. He always had sore, reddish skin with some breaks in it occasionally but not enough to keep him out of the Army. He tried all kinds of things, different cleansers & soap, diet changes, cleaning products, no cleaning products etc, nothing worked.

    The Army recruitment time away was what cracked it. His skin cleared up and was much more comfortable, even on Army rat packs (pre-packaged and dehydrated food) and with Army soap.

    It was the pesticides used on the garden next door, coming in through his window at night, that caused the skin trouble. Since then he has moved from that house and not had any more trouble.

    Perhaps just check what is going on in your greater environment as well as inside the house.

    #335557
    grumpy3
    Member

    You said “So I did all that yesterday (sunday) and this morning I awoke with really awful allergies that I’ve noticed I seem to get after a deep clean – I assume since I’ve disturbed the dust? I use a swiffer type thing to dust and then give everything a good vac. Side note: I also have this style of allergy after a cat sleeps on my bed, but thy rarely do that now days. Oh and these are all self dianogsed allergies! hehe.”

    May I ask what sort of allergy you get? Is it hayfever type allergy or more puffyness, rashes, etc? The treatment is similar, but the cause is usally different. Hayfever is usually allergies to airbone thing – dust, pollen, cat hair, etc. While puffyness, rashes, etc. are usually chemical based allergies. Don’t get me wrong – chemical as in scent from flowers can be just as toxic to some people as fly sprays, deodorants, soaps, perfume, etc.

    When cleaning it is best to use a damp cloth (I like the cheep microfibre ones from the supermarket), that way it picks up the allergins instead of stirring them up into the air. Buy a dust mite proof mattress and pillow protector (they are cheep) and change them about every 12 months. Watch your vacumn cleaner as they tend to blow a lot of small particles of dust, etc. straight through them into the air. If you must use one make sure it has at least 3 filters, which are cleaned regularly. If you are not allergic to tea tree oil add a little to the hot water for cleaning as it will kill any mold or bateria.

    I have the puffyness type of allergy and when things start getting bad and I cannot identify what it is at home, we shut up the house and turn on the a/c to the fan setting. We also wet a chux and hang it in front of the intake section as an extra filter. This works quite successfully even with smoke. But like you I prefer to throw the windows wide open day and night.

    Allergies can not only be a pain, they can become life threatening. So I hope that you can find out what is the problem, then avoid it (the first treatment for allergies 🙂 )

    regards,

    Dennis’s wife.

    #335558
    gleanert
    Member

    I agree with Dennis’s wife, wet dusting is important to ensure you don’t make the dust airborne.

    Good Luck!

    #335559
    Anonymous
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    grumpy3 post=108669 wrote:

    I have the puffyness type of allergy and when things start getting bad and I cannot identify what it is at home, we shut up the house and turn on the a/c to the fan setting. We also wet a chux and hang it in front of the intake section as an extra filter. This works quite successfully even with smoke. But like you I prefer to throw the windows wide open day and night.

    Allergies can not only be a pain, they can become life threatening. So I hope that you can find out what is the problem, then avoid it (the first treatment for allergies 🙂 )

    regards,

    Dennis’s wife.

    i agree it can be life threatening to some.. clean your surroundings too, the air we breath is very important, it is mostly the cause of allergies..

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