Many people are allergic to dogs, cats and birds as well as other animals. According to the College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology an estimated 10 percent of the population may be allergic to animals. A higher rate of 20 to 30 percent of individuals with asthma have pet allergies. It is often a difficult decision whether or not to keep a pet.

Most common allergens are saliva, urine and dander. It is virtually impossible to fully eliminate pet dander from an environment with a pet living there. These become airborne when the animal sheds. Even when a pet has been removed it can take 6 months or longer since dander is very lightweight and difficult to remove from an area. Animal dander can be spread throughout a home by a forced air heating and cooling system. It can take years to completely remove all dander from carpeting and furniture.

If a child or adult has severe pet allergy, there are measures that can be taken to reduce exposure.

Levels may fall much more quickly if the homeowner makes extensive environmental changes such as removing carpets, upholstered furniture, and other allergen reservoirs. It has been shown that cat allergen may persist in mattresses for years after a cat has been removed from a home, so new bedding or impermeable encasements must also be recommended.

People can be affected by the dander in the clothes and belongings of pet owners even when the animal is not present. Studies have shown that cat allergen can be present in children’s classrooms even when no cats are allowed (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 103:101201017: )

A Swedish study showed that when more than 18% of classmates owned a cat, lung function of allergic asthmatics was significantly decreased and there was a 9 fold increased risk of school time asthma attacks. (American journal of respiratory and Critical Care medicine, 163:694-698, March 2001.HEAL, winter 2001p6 )

Air filtration is an important factor in removing these lighweight particles from the air more quickly. Creating a safe room without carpeting where the pets are not allowed, preferably the bedroom, will reduce exposure time.

If you are looking for relief with a pet still in the house, an air filter will reduce airborne allergens. If you have decided to have a pet free home and are trying to remove previous allergens, it is very difficult to do so with cleaning alone. The circulating air and dust will continue to reintroduce old dander.

A HEPA filter is recommended to remove these particles. The Austin Air filters are excellent at trapping both particles such as dander and hair as well as lingering pet smell from urine (ammonia). Regular vacuuming can stir up small particles unless you have a HEPA vacuum. But they will be filtered by a HEPA air filter.If you do not have a pet but have friends or relatives who do, when they visit your home they will carry dander on their clothes. If you have a severe pet allergy, keeping surfaces washable such as floors and furniture and using an air filter will help control exposure.


Many people with allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities have trouble when they travel. Family and friends may have pets. Guest rooms may be dusty . Hotels may use cleaning products that are irritating. Many hotels now offer smoke free rooms, and hypoallergenic bedding. You can call ahead to request non toxic cleaning services. You may encounter recent painting, renovations or pesticide treatments. Other people may not understand how important it is to avoid asthma and allergy triggers.

Several of the Austin Air filters are lightweight enough to be carried easily on a trip. If you have children with asthma, this can be great. The filter will clean a single room on high. The Allergy Machine Jr and Baby’s Breath only weigh 12 lbs. You can place it near the bed and sleep in a pocket of pure air.

Traveling with an Austin Air filter can help make all the difference in having a good time !


Many seniors have health problems that can be improved with an Austin air filter.
Asthma, allergies, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are all affected by air quality . A Feb/2011 study published in the Lancet cites traffic fumes and air pollution as a trigger in myocardial infarction. If you live in an urban area or are near major roads, keeping the air in your home clean is important.

It may be difficult to dust thoroughly and eliminate lawn chemicals, pollen and contaminants that get tracked in from the outside.

If you are renting or in assisted care, your air quality may be affected by nearby people, cleaning supplies, and personal care products that are scented.

Health problems may get worse over the years and you may become more sensitive.
Infections can be more serious for seniors and the Austin Air filter removes germs, viruses and bacteria form the air.

Often seniors spend more time at home so making this the healthiest place possible will provide the greatest benefit. If you are in good health, breathing clean, pure air at home will contribute to a vibrant future !

The quality construction and superior filtration of the Austin Air filter make it a solid value in this price range. Many more expensive filters do not provide this level of performance. Made in the US since 1990, Austin air stands behind its filters with personal customer service.

Often people do not realize they are being affected by poor air quality and are happy to find that they feel so much better after a good night’s sleep in a room with their Austin Air filter.

Try it with a 30 day money back guarantee and experience the difference for yourself.


When you rent a home, apartment or condo, you may not be able to do all the projects necessary to create the healthy environment you would like. An Austin Air filter can remove a hundreds of chemicals, dust, mold, pollen, pet smells, gases, VOC’s, smoke and fragrances. .

Nearby occupants may use products that affect your air, such as fabric softener or painting projects. There may be outside contamination from traffic, industrial work, pesticide treatments, wildfires, air pollution.

Remodeling projects can use materials that take a long time to air out. Paint, formaldehyde found in new cabinets and furniture, glues, flooring and other materials can affect air quality.

The heating/AC systems may have mold spores and dust in the ductwork, especially in older homes. Change the filters at the return air outlet.

Older carpets will have debris from previous occupants. If they are cleaned make sure they are dried thoroughly to prevent mold or mildew. Newer carpets may be offgassing chemicals for months.

Scented products or cleaning supplies may permeate an area and be hard to air out.

If previous occupants had pets, animal dander can be spread throughout a home by a forced air heating and cooling system. It can take years to completely remove all dander. Levels may fall much more quickly if the homeowner removes allergen reservoirs such as carpets and upholstered furniture. It has been shown that cat allergen may persist in mattresses for years.

If you have used furniture , it may contain allergens from a previous owner.

If you cannot fully eliminate the sources of exposures, the Austin Air filter can remove contaminants from your home.

Austin Air True Medical Grade HEPA removes 99.97% of all particles larger than .3 microns, removes 95% of all particles larger than .1 microns which includes pollen, dust , dust mites mold, viruses and bacteria.
Carbon filters removes hundreds of chemicals, VOC’s , smoke , fragrances

You can create a healthier environment . Austin air can give you a fresh start.


Quilters and crafters can get lost in their workrooms for hours, I should know !
If you have asthma or allergies, the fabric dust is unavaoidable and using an austin air filter has been great for me. Certain materials such as glues, adhesives, sizing, ironing synthetics , paints, markers and all kinds of creative materials can compromise your air quality and affect your health. Especially if you are involving children in fun projects you should be careful to protect them.
The Austin air filters are especially effective because they filter both particualtes such as fine dust ( the kind you can see when the sun is shining just right thru the window) and chemical vapors such as the fumes from markers or glues. I recommend non toxic Elmers white glue for kids.
With your Austin Air filter in the room you can be assured you are filtering 99.97 % of particulates with the HEPA filter and hundreds of chemicals with the carbon filter. You can use it on low most of the time and use high for a fast recirculation….and happy projects !


Austin air filters are very effective at removing pollen. The HEPA filter will remove 99.99% of all pollen.

Many people who are symptom free will have spring allergies which can also trigger asthma.

Using an Austin Air filter inside, especially at night in the bedroom, can reduce your pollen exposure during peak season.There is a lot you can do to minimize exposure during pollen season

Knowing daily variations in pollen concentrations can help you plan activities.. Pollen counts are lowest just before and after daybreak, before the sun dries the dew off pollen bearing plants. The highest counts are in the early morning when plants and trees release the pollen as it dries. In mid afternoon pollen grains float higher in the sky and after sundown it falls to the ground. Dusk generally has a high concentration. Sleeping with windows open can expose you to a lot of pollen at night.
Weather conditions affect pollen counts. A dry windy day has higher counts because it blows around easily over large areas. Warm sunny days promote production. It is most clear  after a rain.
After outdoor activities change clothes and shower. Take off shoes. Pets can bring pollen in on their fur.

The area where you live will affect pollen counts. A good resource is www.pollen.com which will give you daily pollen counts.

Pollen season is the time of year when people think about getting an air filter. It is a great investment because it really does make a difference in your health. The standard filter will clean a 1500 square foot room. All the filters have a medical grade HEPA filter which is the gold standard for pollen removal.


Many people love their pets but not the extra cleaning and smells that go along with them. The Pet Machine is especially designed to deal with the odors associated with having pets in your home. The carbon filter has added ammonasorb which provides extra filtration of ammonia and sulfuric acid which is often present in homes with pets.

The Centers for Disease Control states
“Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Some of the health benefits of pets are listed below.
Pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, feelings of loneliness
Pets can increase your opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities, opportunities for socialization”

Children and older people often have meaningful connections with their pets.
However, people with asthma and allergies may react to pet dander.
Dander is very lightweight and difficult to remove from an area.
Animal dander can be spread throughout a home by a forced air heating and cooling system. It can be difficult to completely remove all dander from carpeting, furniture and bedding. The Austin Air HEPA filter will significantly reduce the levels of pet dander from the air.

Homes with dogs, cats, birds and other pets often have a telltale smell despite keeping your home clean. The superior carbon filtration system developed by Austin Air can give you the clean fresh air you want for yourself and visitors to your home.

Austin Air True Medical Grade HEPA removes 99.97% of all particles larger
than .3 microns, removes 95% of all particles larger than .1 microns which includes pollen, dust , mold, viruses, bacteria and animal dander.
Carbon filter removes hundreds of chemicals, smoke , fragrances, pet odors

Many people find pets to be a wonderful addition to their household. With the Austin Air filter, you can enjoy your pets and still have the clean, fresh home you want.


Austin Air filters can make it possible to be at work and reduce symptoms of exposure to allergens and irritants. Putting a filter next to your desk and pointing the airstream so you are sitting in a stream of filtered air can give you a safe zone.

Many people are in an office environment that is affecting their health but are not able to change it. There are numerous challenges for those with respiratory illness and chemical sensitivities. The building itself may have problems with mold, poor ventilation, renovations, pesticide treatments, new carpets or other materials that are offgassing toxic chemicals. The toner from copy machines, markers, and cleaning supplies can cause illness. Clients and other employees may wear perfume, fabric softener in their clothes or other scented products. Even fragrance free workplaces cannot eliminate vendors, customers, or patients who come to the office.

Many workplaces have unique air quality issues. These include
beauty salons which use solvents like nail polish, scented or caustic hair products Laboratories use numerous chemicals.
Funeral homes use formaldehyde.
Auto repair and paint and body shops, with VOC’s and welding fumes
Veternarians  use flea dips and have animal dander

Asthma accounts for about 10.1 million missed work days for adults annually. Workplace conditions, such as exposure to fumes, gases or dust, are responsible for 11% of asthma cases worldwide

Many offices are willing to purchase Austin Air Filters for their employees. Improved productivity and reduced absentee days make it cost effective and keep experienced employees happy. These are often deductible office expenses.


People who are sensitive to chemicals face many challenges. The Austin Air filters are designed with the chemically sensitive in mind. Creating a safe environment free with pure air is critical and after extensive research, I found the Austin Air filters to be the best choice for my healthy home. I have MCS and have been helped by using them.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a growing problem in our world. It affects people of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and genders. It can have a sudden or slow onset. The symptoms are varied and can come and go. Many health professionals are unfamiliar with MCS. There is no simple treatment. Understanding MCS is important in determining the best course you can take to protect your health.

What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity? It is also called environmental illness, chemical intolerance. People with MCS become ill when exposed to chemicals most people seem to tolerate. They often react to minute amounts of commonly encountered substances, such as fragrances, pesticides, new carpets, vehicle exhaust, and cleaning supplies. People with MCS react to chemicals at levels that are generally considered to be safe for most people. There is a wide variety of reactions that range from mild to life threatening. These reactions may be different from typical toxic reactions.
This illness has become more prevalent in the twentieth century due to the introduction of thousands of new chemicals into our environment in the last 50 years. Many chemicals have been inadequately tested for their effects on the central nervous system, endocrine system and immune system. A clear definition for this illness in the medical community is needed for developing protocols for testing, diagnosis and treatment.

What causes MCS?
Exposure to chemicals is generally associated with the symptoms of MCS
1. This condition can be the result of a single exposure, such as a chemical spill. People have been previously healthy, and have a sudden onset of symptoms
2. It can be the result of chronic cumulative exposures, such as using chemicals at the workplace. There can be a series of low-level multiple exposures to different substances resulting in a gradual decline of health

3. There is no easily identified cause but people experience symptoms when exposed to common chemicals.

What can be associated with onset of MCS?

Some people become ill by working or living in a “sick” building
1. Pesticides – This class of chemicals is the most common cause of initiating chemical sensitivity.
2. Petrochemicals, tar fumes, inorganic solvents, natural gas and propane
3. Renovations at the workplace, remodeling at home, new building materials, paints
4. Formaldehyde, new furnishings
5. Carpets
6. Industrial emissions
7. Fragrances, personal care products, air fresheners, fabric softener
8. Diesel and vehicle exhaust
9. Carbonless copy paper, copy machine and laser printer toner
10. Workplace chemicals, laboratory sterilization solutions, dry cleaning chemicals
12. Tobacco smoke
13. Anesthesia
14. Cleaning supplies
15. Mold mycotoxins

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may be mild to severe, they may be persistent or come and go in relation to exposure
The symptoms may affect many organs in the body
Different exposures may cause varied reactions
Symptoms may occur immediately, often within minutes, or hours or even days later
Fatigue, weakness, sleep disturbances, muscle aches, joint pain, muscle spasms
Headache, dizziness, migraines
Gastrointestinal problems, nausea, food intolerance, irritable bowel, yellowish skin
Heart palpitations, arrhythmia, rapid heartbeat
Respiratory difficulties, asthma, shortness of breath, allergy symptoms such as sinusitis, nasal congestion., hives and rashes, dark circles under eyes
Altered brain chemistry can cause seizures, tremors, anxiety, panic, depression, emotional outbursts, and behavioral problems

Cognitive problems, “Brain fog”, a term that refers to symptoms affecting mental function including difficulty concentrating, memory loss, clouded thinking, dyslexia/learning difficulty, aphasia (difficulty expressing oneself and/or understanding others)
Feeling intoxicated or sensing an abrupt shift in the way you normally feel, tingling
Eye, ear, throat irritation
Burning tongue, metallic taste in mouth, heightened sense of smell
Edema or bloating anywhere in the body, swollen lymph nodes, red cheeks and ears

How is MCS treated?
At this time there is no known cure . More research is needed to understand the underlying physiological mechanisms that cause this illness.
Avoidance of the chemicals and triggers that cause symptoms is the most consistently positive treatment that has been documented. While this may be very difficult, it is critical if your health is severely affected. It is important to recognize what is causing your symptoms in order to know what to do about it instead of getting sicker and sicker.

Substances that commonly trigger MCS symptoms
Pesticides: a common initiator of MCS, mothballs, herbicides, insecticides
Petroleum products: natural gas, propane, diesel, auto fuel, solvents
Fragrance products: perfume, cologne, personal care products, aftershave, lotions, laundry soaps, fabric softener, nail polish, air fresheners, aroma therapy,
Cleaners: dry cleaning solvents, ammonia, pine sol, chlorine
Building products: formaldehyde, paint, adhesives, roofing materials, carpets, sealants and finishes, particle board, plywood, new furniture, plastics
Fabrics: synthetics, wrinkle resistant treatments
Office products: copy machines, printers, fresh newspaper ink, permanent markers, carbonless copy paper
Plastics: new wiring on electronic equipment, vinyl, latex, new appliances
Outdoor air pollution: smoke, smog, industrial emissions, vehicle exhaust and traffic
What features of the Austin Air filters are important for multiple chemical sensitivity ?
The Austin Air filter is designed to remove a wide range of contaminants. You need a combination of HEPA filtration and carbon filtration to address the many substances that can affect someone with MCS.
They are generally very well tolerated, especially the Health Mate Series. Some people need an air out period.
The entire body of the air cleaner is made of solid steel, which has been welded together to prevent any rattles. The paint used is powder coating, baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This process eliminates any odor or off-gas emissions while enhancing durability. The only plastic components in the air cleaner are the fan blade, wheels or feet and the control knob on the front of the unit. Varnish is not used to coat the motor winding. There are no glues used in the filters. Some other HEPA filters use chemicals in the filtration media and manufacturing, making offgassing harmful. There is no toxic ozone emitted by these filters.

When you have chemical sensitivities, creating a safe environment at home can allow your body to recover from daily exposures. The quality of filtration for the money is excellent. With MCS simple is best and there are no added features that can make the filter harder to tolerate. The Austin Air filters have changed the quality of life for many


Mold treatment and prevention
Austin Air filters are very effective at filtering mold, mold spores, fungi and mildew. Also, mold uses dust as a food source so having a dust free environment is important .
Mold is a serious problem for many people who are allergic or reactive to it. Mold is a microscopic fungi that is present in the indoor and outdoor environment. Molds thrive in humid, dark, poorly ventilated areas and live parasitically on plant or animal matter. They reproduce through spores that are lightweight and airborne. Some damp climates and areas have much higher mold concentrations. Molds are present year-round in the South and on the West Coast. In the northern United States they begin to grow after the first spring thaw and peak in July through October. In the US common molds include alternaria, cladosporium, penicillium, hormodendrum and aspergillus Indoor mold often appears as black, brown, or reddish. Some molds produce secondary substances called mycotoxins that can cause serious health problems such as Stachybotrys
Living in an environment that has a serious mold problem can cause allergies and sensitivities to develop in previously healthy people. Chronic sinus and lung problems can result. Basement housing can problematic. Living in a moldy space can contaminate all your belongings with mold spores.
When it comes to mold, prevention and early control is key . To control mold you must eliminate the conditions in which they thrive. Mold needs water so humidity levels affect mold growth. Some molds grow at 55 percent humidity but most flourish over 70 percent. To prevent mold formation in your home, keep your humidity levels at or below 50 percent. This is very difficult in some areas, like Florida.
A Dehumidifier will help keep levels down. The heating or air-conditioning system will remove moisture from the air, but only when it is running. Fan only setting will not dehumidify. Humidifiers installed in the central heating unit can be sources of mold contamination. Free standing humidifiers, especially cold air types, must be cleaned regularly to prevent mold growth in the water reservoir. You will notice a slimy surface inside. Free standing dehumidifers will also develop mold in the water reservoir. If you run it occasionally and only empty it when it fills, mold will grow in the standing water.
Air conditioners can be a source of mold. The inside of most ductwork has a porous fiberboard material that can be a reservoir of mold growth, especially if it gets wet and dusty. There is usually a box near the return air that connects to the ductwork and this is frequently contaminated. Mold can use dust as a food source so dirty return air filters should be changed regularly When you initially turn on the heat for the season, warm air will cause the mold to release dormant spores which are then circulated throughout your home. Older buildings in humid climates are especially problematic. Some cases of sick building syndrome are caused by mold contamination in air handling units. In older homes that were built before air conditioning was in use, mold is often found.
Water damage can be a cause of extensive mold growth and must be dried and cleaned immediately to prevent serious problems. Water from flooding should be cleaned within 24-48 hours. Special care must be taken to avoid mold growth in areas that are not visible. Water can saturate the drywall of your home, the carpet pad underneath your carpets, and inside walls.
Indoor sources of mold
Avoiding mold contamination inside your home requires attention. Mold is commonly found in attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Condensation anywhere is favorable to mold growth, basements or leaky areas must be dried. Bathrooms, because of the constant moisture, should never contain carpets. Shower stalls and tubs can grow mold in the grout. Shower curtains often get mold along the bottom and may need to be washed with bleach solution in the washing machine. Replace caulking or grout so moisture does not get into the walls. It is important to dry or ventilate steamy bathrooms using exhaust fans, or opening a window or door. Don’t leave wet towels.
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House plants can grow mold in the soil and on wicker baskets.
Furniture, especially antiques, can be musty, which means it is full of mold spores. Keeping moldy items can spread spores to the rest of your house. Check stored items, especially in cardboard. Closets, especially shoes, should be checked regularly. Old pillows and mattresses can harbor mold.
Dust can contain mold spores and the organic matter in dust can be a food source for mold.
Christmas trees, both real and artificial, can be reservoirs for mold. The warm inside air will cause the molds in live trees to release their spores. Firewood stored inside can have mold on it.
Avoiding outdoor mold is impossible but steps can be taken to reduce your exposure. Mold increases after a rain. Mold grows in soil, on leaves and in rotting wood and plants. Dry windy days kick up mold spores that are growing in moist areas and can spread them over large areas. Raking leaves also stirs up mold spores as they thrive in these damp wet piles. Try to keep leaves, clippings, and compost away from the foundation of your house to avoid mold buildup. Keep gutters free of debris. Make sure rain does not run down the side of the house. In Florida, some homes must periodically be pressure washed with a bleach solution to kill mold buildup on the walls, particularly in shady or moist areas. Make sure water runoff does not collect near the foundation of your house.
Getting rid of mold can be very difficult especially if you cannot tolerate bleach. Some environments may be too saturated with mold spores to be completely cleaned. It may be necessary to replace wood, drywall or ductboard that has mold. Bleach kills molds effectively. White vinegar is a mold retardant and can be used in areas like showers for cleaning.
Many cases of sick building syndrom are caused by mold contamination. Older building often have mold problems due to previous leaks and high humidity problems.
Keeping your home or workplace filtered with an Austin Air filter will significantly reduce your overall mold exposure. The Health Mate has 60 square feet of true medical grade HEPA which will trap mold spores.
Reducing mold is important to your health and takes vigilance, especially in humid climates.