Allergy Products for a New Home
The first thing you should know is that my own allergies are much better in the past few years because of “walking the walk” and using everything that we sell in my own home. The recommendations I make to you always come from real life experience.
My summer house has a rather minimalist look to it, which as any allergy sufferer knows is the style you adopt out of necessity.
Pre-finished hardwood floors are everywhere, so no out gassing, and the only carpet is in a rarely used lower level guest suite. There are no dust-collecting drapes, just blinds.
The builder told us to expect some dust in the ductwork for the next three months before it settles down, which is typical with new construction.
An effective furnace filter then becomes critical to catch a good part of that circulating dust. I chose the BoAir because at $79.95 it is great value for the money, and has the least drop in air-flow of any furnace filter we sell. This means I will still get good air circulation through the air conditioning system and do not risk burning out the fan. If I could have used the Envirosept furnace filter at $364.95, I would have done so, but it would not fit in the tight area in my furnace room and needs a nearby electric socket. The Envirosept is by far the most effective of all our furnace filters, although it still uses replacement pads and is not washable.
Given I have almost no carpet, I certainly did not need the Miele Red Velvet at $1249, which I would have bought if I had big thick rugs or wall-to-wall carpet (see why this Miele is our category winner).
I will put the low temp Comfort-Aire dehumidifier starting at $319.95 in the unfinished part of the basement, and it will drain into a pipe in the floor, while sitting on a stool thoughtfully provided by the builder. My home is wired so an alarm goes off it the humidity rises above 50% – the temperature at which mold and dust mite flourish.
As an allergy sufferer, this house will be filled with air purifiers. A Hamilton Beach 04163 Hepa air purifier at $144.95 (currently on sale), will help my guests who are allergic to trees and pollens, of which there are plenty right outside their bedroom window. This is the best value air purifier on our website right now, and perfectly good enough for our occasional guests. A Blueair 402 at $399.95 graces another guest room which is my back up refuge if my husband’s snoring gets out of control. I have used a Blueair 501 air purifier at $499.95 for years in my bedroom at home, and with great success because my husband does not grumble about any noise.
I will run these IQAir air purifiers for 24 hours a day for the next few months, which will keep the dust level down and make it easier for me to breath in the house. By the time I am finished, I will achieve a squeaky clean home. I will of course keep vacuuming up the dust diligently.
A whole house Rhino Water filter by Aquasana at $843.15 makes life easy as I only have to remember to change one filter a year. We use a Double Crown under-mount water filter at $299.95 at my primary home and a massage shower filter from Aquasana at $67.99. My big problem is remembering to stock enough replacement shower filters, so I do not ever run out. I would have put in a whole house filter at home, but for the fact you have to be a contortionist to get at the central water supply.
No home is complete without a Royal Pedic latex bed with a separate Royal Pedic 3” mattress pad in order to rest my weary bones. I have used Royal Pedic in my home for three years and have nothing but rave reviews. It is a wonderful bed mattress with superlative comfort and support from $2063.
I bought Euphoria summer weight wool comforters for me (starting at $325) and all my guests, for a blissfully light and comfortable night’s sleep. No more sweaty nights under down comforters. Wool comforters are such a delightful surprise as a textile. For a touch of luxury, these wool comforters get encased in a silk duvet cover (starting at $289.95), and a soft latex pillow (from $99.95) which I can scrunch up beneath my head, completes the picture.
So there you have it. I thought my product choices through very carefully. The above were my final choices out of over 2,000 products on our website.