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Helping to Clear the Air for Consumers - New Certification Standard for HEPA Filters Will Help Millions of People Make More Educated Choices
Date:2/10/2009

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The growing asthma & allergy friendly(TM) Certification Program announced today that it has developed and adopted a certification standard and testing protocol for HEPA Air Cleaning Devices. The asthma & allergy friendly(TM) Certification Program administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent, non-exclusive certification program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that air within homes and other buildings can contain more allergens and pollutants than outdoor air, even in the largest and most industrialized cities. Symptoms caused by poor indoor air quality can include irritated eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma and respiratory allergies, may be triggered by exposure to indoor allergens and irritants. Experts suggest that the use of certain HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter devices may help reduce the level of airborne allergens when used as part of a comprehensive allergen reduction and environmental control plan for home or office.

The asthma & allergy friendly(TM) Certification process subjects air cleaners to performance-based testing to ensure they demonstrate the ability to reduce the total airborne allergen levels in a defined space. Assessment for certification requires that the air cleaner be evaluated in terms of indoor allergen levels that are representative of those found in both air and surface samples of typical homes. The asthma & allergy friendly(TM) Certification Mark is awarded only to those air cleaning products that have been scientifical
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