SOURCE: Kaz, Inc.

April 23, 2008 09:00 ET

Spring Cleaning Your Air: Allergies Affect Millions of Americans, but Air Purifiers Can Help Improve Indoor Environments

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - Did you know an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from allergies? We all enjoy the arrival of spring after a long winter but for allergy sufferers across the U.S., budding trees, flowers and grass can pose a variety of health challenges. However, there are three easy steps consumers can take to improve their indoor environments and reduce the presence of these outdoor allergens inside the home:

1. Take off your shoes. When returning indoors, take off your shoes before entering the house to prevent tracking in pollen, mold spores and other outdoor allergens.

2. Think Spring -- cleaning, that is! A thorough spring cleaning will help rid your home of outdoor air pollutants that creep into your home -- and will reduce indoor pollutants. Be sure to vacuum rugs and hardwood floors, wash bedding and curtains, scrub bathrooms to eliminate mold and mildew, and clean mini blinds and shades with an electrostatically-charged cloth to trap dust or use a vacuum attachment designed for dusting. And don't forget to bathe pets to reduce dander and outdoor pollutants that gather on their fur.

3. Keep the windows closed and air purifiers running. Keep your windows closed to keep outdoor pollutants out of your home. Consumers should also use portable air purifiers in rooms where they spend the most time, such as the bedroom and the living areas (family room, living room, den or home office). Effective air purifiers, such as Honeywell air purifiers, eliminate at least 99 percent of airborne pollutants that pass through their filters, capturing common allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander and smoke. Some Honeywell air purifiers can also be effective at fighting germs such as bacteria, viruses, mold spores and fungi. Portable air purifiers support air circulation in a room, usually several times per hour -- helping to reduce stuffy, stale air.

Honeywell air purifiers recently received "Best Buy" ratings in their categories by Consumers Digest magazine. A Consumers Digest "Best Buy" rating is awarded to products that have "exceptional value in today's highly competitive marketplace." Honeywell air purifiers integrate attractively into any home décor, feature advanced technology, are simple to clean and operate quietly.

For more information on Kaz's line of Honeywell air purifiers, visit www.kaz.com and to learn which air purifier is right for you, visit www.honeywellcleanair.com. Kaz is a global manufacturer and marketer of air purifiers under the Honeywell brands. The Honeywell Trademark is used under license from Honeywell International Inc.

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