October 01, 2009 09:00 ET

With "Closed Window Season" Approaching, Makers of Honeywell Home Comfort Products Offer Simple Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality and Reducing Fall Allergens

With Americans Spending More Time Indoors With the Change in Seasons, Keeping Indoor Air Clean Is a Priority

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - If you're among the more than 40 million Americans who suffer from spring and summer allergies, you may look forward to fall, as flowers stop blooming and the air turns crisp. But fall's arrival can trigger different allergies for many individuals, and the impact can be felt both outside and indoors.

Ragweed is the biggest fall allergen offender. Although the ragweed pollen season runs from August to November, ragweed pollen levels usually peak in mid-September in many areas of the country, according to information posted on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Allergens and Irritants website. And the pollen can be transported indoors on people and pets.

Another fall allergy nuisance is mold. Mold thrives in damp areas, both outdoors and indoors, such as in damp piles of leaves that line streets during the fall months. As well, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that indoor air pollution is often higher than what you find outdoors. Mold can also become prevalent in damp basements, and mold spores can easily become airborne.

With the arrival of closed window season quickly approaching, the makers of Honeywell Home Comfort products offer the following tips to help consumers improve their indoor air quality and reduce fall allergens:

--  Where possible, remove or reduce the source of indoor pollutants and
    allergens.  Regularly clean surfaces to help remove particles, like dust,
    that accumulate on floors, blinds, drapes, decorative items and other
    surfaces.  Regular cleaning also helps prevent particles from getting
    stirred up and becoming airborne once again.  Bathe pets regularly to help
    keep dander at lower levels.  Immediately remove mold found in the home so
    mold spores do not become airborne.
--  Have your heating ducts cleaned before you turn on your heat for the
    first time.
--  Use a humidifier to keep your air at between 40 and 55 percent
    humidity, an ideal level for improved home comfort.
--  Use portable air purifiers in rooms where you spend the most time,
    such as the bedroom and living areas (family room, living room or home
    office).  Effective air purifiers, such as Honeywell air purifiers,
    eliminate at least 95 percent of airborne pollutants that pass through
    their filters, trapping 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 circulate the air in a room, usually several times per hour,
    helping to reduce stuffy, stale air.  And it's easy to be green with
    Honeywell air purifiers -- select models that are Energy Star-rated units
    can be operated for about the same cost as a 40-watt light bulb.  And
    several Honeywell air purifiers feature permanent or long-life filters that
    save consumers money and reduce landfill waste.

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