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Have you shopped for an air filtration system for your home, condo or apartment recently? There are fan versions and silent, ionic-type air filtration devices that range in price from $50 to more than $500, depending on how efficient and how large an area you need to clean.

If you have spring or summer allergies, you probably have looked into an air filtration system for your environment. It's commonly known that the air inside a home, for example, is much more congested and polluted that outside air. Unless you are able to somehow exchange all the air in every room a few times per hour, all those dust mites and dead skins cells floating in the air will never leave. that is, unless you use some kind of filtration system.

While ionizers and air filtration systems are good, it's estimated that 90% or more of the airborne and in-home "air gunk" can be removed by simply using central heat and air filters instead of expensive, standalone air filtration or debris removal devices. That is, if you have a central heat and air system with accessible air return vents. The most popular? The 3M Filtrete filters (from what I've seen).

These install very easily and come in many sizes to fit all return duct sizes. They can be expensive ($10 to $18 each, depending on efficiency), but for the easiest and generally cheapest way to start cleaning up the air in your home, they can't be beat. Have a ladder and about 10 minutes of your time? That's all you'll need. Happy breathing!


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  • Chris

    There are even more options than that even. If you really don't care about the money issue, then you can even dabble in HEPA filters and electrostatic filters. These i recommend only if you or your children have bad allergies or asthma. You can probably find most at your local hardware store or superstores, but if you don't want the trouble of going lots of different places then I recommend http://iaqsource.com. It's a good online place to get all furnace filters & air conditioner filters

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  • Robert Shacklock

    These filters do make a difference. We discovered my son has allergies and one of the things we did was install different filters in the central air blower. We change them every 6 weeks and are worth the extra money you pay for them.

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  • Gordy

    I found these at Wal-mart after reading this article. The brand wasn't 3M, but it has the same benefits. Additionally, I bought the air freshners they had right next to the filters.

    My house smells completely different. Noone would know I had a dog now. Thanks for the tip.

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  • Stormwater Pollution

    These kinds of air filters usually just mask unpleasant odors. They do nothing but lull you into a false sense of security that your home's air is healthy. This piece reads like pure payola so people will buy these at a the horrible Wal-Mart nearest them.

    http://www.filterra.com

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