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Is there a tax break to get Centeral Air for asthmatics?
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Author:  Kelly [ Tue May 03, 2005 12:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Is there a tax break to get Centeral Air for asthmatics?

Hi my Godson's asthma has gotten worse.
Is there a tax break I can tell his parents about to get Centeral Air.
He is only 18 months old and his asthma is getting worse...

Author:  Audra [ Tue May 03, 2005 1:38 pm ]
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I tried looking in google for information about this, but I didn't have much luck, sadly. Maybe someone here would know better.

Author:  Kelly [ Tue May 03, 2005 4:06 pm ]
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I will try to look around tommorrow for some information for the Goverermt or the Asthma Group I belong to. ( I have really bad asthma)
Thanks for looking.
I was really upset when his mother E mailed me.
Poor Cody he has had a rough go of it.
I guess this how the mothers and fathers must feel.

Author:  ethansmom [ Tue May 24, 2005 12:36 am ]
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I was reading a booklet that I picked up at the Allergy Expo called "Triggers - Asthmas Basics #2 - Manage Your Environment" [ the booklet was produced by Asthma Society of Canada - ] and it states that, " you can deduct the cost of certain household equipment such as air filters and cleaners as medical expenses on our personal income tax". It adds that a prescription from your doctor is needed and cautions that there are some restrictions -- contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281 for more info. I hope this helps and good luck to your Godson!

Author:  smc123 [ Tue May 24, 2005 9:20 am ]
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I confirm what has been said by ehansmom, I used to sell HEPA air cleaners and would always suggest people submit this on their taxes. If accompanied by a letter from a doctor any measure taken to improved a disease or condition can be considered a medical expence, and can be used as a deduction on income taxes.

Author:  Kelly [ Tue May 24, 2005 2:17 pm ]
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Thank you I will look into this for my Godson..
He has been worse as thier house had flooded in the spring.
I know I my Husband and I got a break on income tax for our centeral air and we did as you suggested a Doctors Prescription.
It was a help and boy does it help in the summer with the high humidity I have not been admitted in the summer for those kind of asthma attacks. I was always being admitted for bad attacks in the high humidity and would stay in the hospitial.
thank you so much for conforming the information and I did not know about the Hepa Filiters. That is interesting also.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Tue May 24, 2005 9:47 pm ]
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We are looking at purchasing a home either with central air or adding that as we as hardwood floors or laminates.
You only need to sit in the hospital for 2 hours and have the asthma attack clear up to realise how in\mportant it is.
I will request a letter from the specialist.

Author:  Kelly [ Wed May 25, 2005 10:11 am ]
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Right on the mark! It was a suggestion made to us.
We had come from a cooler climate and we had also aged since we last lived in such a warm climate.
We have the wooden floors and it so much easier to clean.
You just swifter and it picks up all kinds of stuff.

Author:  Kelley [ Thu May 26, 2005 9:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Ventilators and Hepa filtration

Hi - I was just checking out the site for information on asthma - especially Flovent when I read your topic. My husband and I had a ventilator and hepa filtration system installed following our third visit to Emerg. with our youngest. At the time he had not been diagnosed with asthma, but is now. After having the system installed we found a great improvement in his condition and there was a definite reduction in the number of attacks - especially in the fall. We also have Central Air. I find keeping the house dry (a little static electricity) and cooler seems to help. We will eventually remove the carpet from the family room and replace with hardwood. Most of our floors are tiled. I have also purchased ZipLock mattress and pillow covers to reduce/prevent dustmites problems in all of the bedrooms. If you are from the same region as me I can recommend the company that did our air filtration system. Actually, the owner was just by checking the particle readings in our house after a year with the system and the pollutants inside were 1/13th compared to those outside our house. Needless to say - we have been satisfied with the results, now if we can just keep the viruses away from the kids when they are in the real world outside of our bubble house.
Ciao for now and I hope this helps you too.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Thu May 26, 2005 10:11 pm ]
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Thanks for the info Kelly.
Now, if I can only get rid of those stuffed animals!

Author:  youngvader [ Fri May 27, 2005 10:45 am ]
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What do you have against stuffed animals? They are cute.

Author:  Kelly [ Fri May 27, 2005 11:03 am ]
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I must say welcome to Kelley.
I am interested in hepa filteration system but do you have change your centeral air?
I wash the few stuffed animals that I have in my Home and always have even when my boys were young.
Yesterday my Cody ( godson) came over and was throwing a small stuffed animal that I had just washed around( it was from a Hug a Mug so is small)..
His sister who is three is on clarition for eyes swelling. Anyone heard of doing that?.
See way up here it is the tree pollen time and it gets wicked!!!!!!!!!! We get yellow pollen on the cars and all over it is gross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know in my family my Mum, myself and my two children would have our eyes closed shut in the morning. You had to bathe them to open them. It was really awful. I have used eyedrops for years, but my Mum never did she just put up with it. In the old days you just did that; as she got older she had some medince for it. Kina off topic, sorry..

Author:  Kelley [ Fri May 27, 2005 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Central Air and Hepa systems

Hi Kelly,

You don't have to change your Central Air system. The Hepa system is a separate unit that can be installed near your furnace. It is connected to the furnace directly so the air is filtered before it is circulated in the house. I would also recommed the ventilator - it has its own air intake and exhaust. I can set the system so that the air is completely exchanged in a 3 hour period. I run mine constantly and keep my furnace fan set in the "Run" or "on" mode so there is a constant flow of fresh filtered air in the house.

I have been told to limit the use of throw pillows and get rid of the stuffed toys except the one that my kids may sleep with. Washing them even in the hottest water may not rid them of dustmites - so I've heard. High temperatures in the dryer may help kill the mites, I suppose avoid the stuffed toys altogether is the best if dustmites are a real concern.

The company I dealt with for my system is located in St. Catherines - "Purahome". I can forward you more information ie. contacts and address if this is a location close to you.

Thank you for the welcome.

Author:  Kelly [ Fri May 27, 2005 3:44 pm ]
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Kelley many thanks for the offer.
Please E mail me and I will see if they know anyone up here.
I am quite far away...........but still in the same province.

Author:  Kelly [ Sat Jun 04, 2005 9:10 am ]
Post subject:  Cody and his asthma.

Well, we bought Cody his own large private Air Conditioner., that way they can open his door and the living room will be cooled. He came over to home and boy it was awful to watch a 18 month boy sit there and be so ill from his asthma. We have centeral air and his Mum knows to bring him over anytime. Right now she is trying to have CHEO to allergiy testing of him and 3 year old sister. They do not have GP as of a month from now. How did you all do this? I am not up to date with all this stuff. His 3 year old sister has peanut allergy as do I. Oh do any you hold the child's nose when you give them their inhalers? My Husband saw that ....... He has a aerochamber, orange colored inhaler, and ventolin.

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