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How to reduce allergies

How to reduce seasonal allergies?

Itchy eyes, runny nose ... No doubt, spring is back. So how can you reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms?First, let’s remember that, unlike a cold, seasonal allergies are mainly manifested by:
  • red, watery eyes;
  • runny nose;
  • repeated sneezing;

Almost a quarter of the population suffers from it

Very common, seasonal allergies affect between 20% and 25% of Canadians. Often called "hay fever", they are due to an overly strong reaction of the body to certain airborne substances such as the pollen of certain trees and plants. Seasonal allergies can also be triggered by mold spores, which can also travel through the air in spring, summer and fall.Symptoms vary widely from person to person, ranging from simple inconvenience to sleep disturbances, fatigue and absenteeism from work. Many pharmaceutical treatments are now available.

Can we prevent seasonal allergies?

 Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to utterly avoid exposure to pollen, which is found in large quantities in the air. However, you can take concrete action to reduce contact with these allergens and lessen the inconvenience they cause.

7 tips to reduce exposure to allergens

  1. Stay indoors in the morning or on a windy day
  2. Keep your windows closed
  3. Use an air conditioner at home and in the car
  4. Prefer the dryer to the clothesline
  5. Avoid mowing the lawn yourself
  6. Watch the pollen forecast to plan your outings
  7. Get quality air filters

The air filter: a precious ally

It's fine to limit outings, but you still have to clean the air inside, especially if you have to keep your windows closed! If you have a central heating or air conditioning system, you can filter out a large part of the particles, pollens and spores that worsen your seasonal allergy symptoms. Here are 5 tips for healthier indoor air:
  1. Ensure proper maintenance of your ventilation ducts
  2. Get quality filters
  3. Replace them regularly
  4. Choose a higher MERV filter to maximize the filtration of particles in the air
  5. When you vacuum, remember to activate your system in ventilation mode. A quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will spread fewer particles in the air, but no device can completely prevent the movement of dust, pollen, spores and mold caused by household chores. Let the ventilation run for another 15 minutes, then set your device to its previous mode.
See our Guide on Furnace Filters to learn more about indoor air quality, filtration and the MERV classification scale. Follow our best advice to reduce your seasonal allergies: order your filters online at youfilters.com away from pollen and in the comfort of your home.
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Filtres 20x20x2: What size do you need?

Are you looking for a 20x20x2 filter or any other specific size? Every fall when you start your heating system, you probably want to replace your filter. It's the right thing to do. Your heating device, not only makes your indoor more comfortable, it also removes contaminants from your indoor air.A dirty filter can decrease the performance of your device, cause damage or even break your heating system. And obviously, it won't clean the air you're breathing. Have a look at your filter, if it's covered with grey dust; remplace it as soon as possible.

Find the Right Size

How do you determine what filter size you need? 20x20x2, 20x20x5 or 24x24x4? It's easy, the numbers correspond with the length, width and thickness of the filter. So, you can simply measure your furnace filter to find out what size you need. If in doubt, consult the manufacturer's manual.

Types of Filters

It is important to know that there are several types of filters on the market: fiberglass filters, pleated filters, electrostatic filters.Some types of filters, such as pleated filters are known to offer a superior filtration quality. You also have to know that their efficiency increases with thickness. Consequently, a 20x20x5 filter will offer a better filtration than a similar 20x20x2 filter.

What is MERV rating?

However, it’s important to compare apples to apples, or filters to filters! You need to compare filters of the same types and with the same MERV rating.The MERV rating scale ranges from 1 to 16. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. A filter with a high MERV rating will eliminate more particules. The highest ratings are used for commercial and industrial buildings such as apharmaceutical laboratory.A filter with a medium MERV rating, around 8, provides an excellent value for your money. You can decide on the degree of filtration you need according to the people living in your house and their medical conditions. (Asthma, allergies, young children or seniors…) To help you make the right choice, verify the maximal MERV rating recommended for you heating-ventilation system.

Where can you buy your filters?

It can be difficult, sometimes impossible to find a specific filter model or size in regular stores. Youfilters.com makes it easy to shop for your filters by offering you a wide selection of furnace filters available in all sizes, including size 20x20x2.

Easy, Fast, Less Expensive

We offer you the best service and the best value for your money. For in-stock filters we deliver within 24 hours. Heating season is back. For professional quality filters at the best price, order now!