You may think that allergies are most troublesome in the spring, but there are actually higher pollution levels in the winter months. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution is 2 to 5 times higher than it is outdoors, and when people are weatherproofing the cold air out, they are also sealing airborne pollutants inside. This can be problematic for those with asthma and other allergies.
MSN recently published an article with tips for clearing the air inside your home. You should also consider purchasing an air cleaner, which can help reduce pollutants like dust, pollen and tobacco smoke. To be sure you are purchasing an air cleaner that will work for your home, visit www.cadr.org/consumer to view a list of units that have been tested by an independent lab and had their performance verified by AHAM. Use the online directory to sort the units by their recommended room size and find the one with the highest CADR ratings.