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Nick’s Tip: Filter Your Air

by Nick Vitrano

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, this was a tough spring and continues to be a difficult summer for ya. But let's be honest, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, there are few "good years." The only thing worse than seasonal allergies are year-round allergies.

Allergic reactions produce symptoms in people the same as a cold (on the weak end), as severe as the flu (on the strong side). Escaping the triggers is impossible. Inside, outside, windows open side...it doesn't matter. They are everywhere and they do not discriminate in their targets.

OTC and prescription remedies are fantastic at treating the symptoms, but they do not eliminate the problem - though, like I said, that's impossible. However, it is possible to reduce the triggers in some places, mainly your home, and that's at least a good start to feeling better.

Air purifiers are a solid investment for those with allergies, both seasonal and year-round. They help to dramatically reduce the airborne particles that get the histamine a flowin'. But they can be crazy expensive, just for the initial purchase, not to mention replacement filters. Today's tip - make your own air purifier.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A box fan
  • A furnace filter
  • A big rubber band

Place the furnace filter against the back of the box fan with the air flow arrow pointed in the appropriate direction. Rubber band that baby onto the fan. Turn it on. It's not pretty, but it is that simple, and it's quite effective. This homemade air filter is great for woodshops, as well. Obviously, the better the filter (you can get some great anti-allergen filters) the more effective.

Breathe easily, my friends.

Tease Image: By Angelsharum (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons