The air you breathe in your home or office could be making you sick!
Without indoor air pollution control some people report dizziness, headaches, burning eyes, sore throats and loss of energy - symptoms often mistaken for the common cold. But do these symptoms go away when you leave the building? If so, this is a good indication that your building may have "sick building" syndrome, otherwise known as indoor air pollution. If left untreated, allergies, depression and chronic illness could result.
Our homes and buildings are sealed tighter today than in the past, thanks largely to the energy crisis of the 70's. All this has altered our indoor environments. We've introduced thousands of coatings, glues, fabrics, insecticides, disinfectants, personal care products, soaps, perfumes, refrigerants, cleaning chemicals, cooking odors and pet odors into our indoor air.
Thanks to the greater insulation and tighter homes, there is not enough fresh air introduced into our homes and offices to help rid the air of these pollutants. Offices are even worse because most of them have windows that do not even open. All these pollutants float through the air unseen, yet get into our lungs when we breathe. Can this be good? Not according to the EPA. They rate Indoor Air Pollution as the number one environmental health concern of the Americans today.
Dust mites are associated with over 80% of the respiratory problems caused by "bad air" in your home or office. Only 10% of the colds are caught outdoors, 90% indoors. Many otherwise unexplained physical ailments like allergic reactions or flu-like symptoms that persist long after a normal cold should have run its course may be traced to airborne pollutants in the home or office.
You must reduce dust and dust mites and other allergens floating in the air by any means possible. Here are a few tips that have been known to help the indoor air pollution control problem: Replace air filters regularly Vacuum frequently - using micro-filter dust free bags Wash bedding frequently - in 130 degree or hotter temperature Use impermeable covers over mattress and pillows Clean carpets and upholstery regularly Keep your home in the 25-35% humidity range. When a home is kept too dry, allergens are far more apt to "float" Use an air purifier that will reduce the airborne allergens and oxidize odors.
Carpet can be the answer for indoor air pollution control. It can act as a filter for debris and contamination in the indoor environment. It can hold contaminants and prevent them from circulating in the air. However, carpet will only effectively filter debris and contaminants if it is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Don't take our word for it. Run your hand over your carpet in a well lit room and see what is released into the air! Providing that your carpet is kept clean and dry, your carpets will promote a healthier home. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends having your carpets cleaned every 6-12 months.
Many people assume that the best way to clean is to "soak" their carpets and "suck" the water back out, the method commonly known as steam cleaning. But this "soggy" approach has some serious drawbacks. Steam cleaning can dump buckets of water on your carpet and underlay. When left behind, this water can create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria in just a matter of hours. It can also leave behind chemicals, and soapy, dirt-attracting residue, which means your freshly cleaned carpet will re-soil that much faster!
When soil is extracted from carpet frequently with limited moisture using safe, environmentally friendly products, the indoor air quality can be improved. Our Low-Moisture Soil Extraction System meets these requirements by extracting soil and contamination without applying excess moisture that can contribute to the growth of biological contamination such as mold and mildew.
There is an acute, public, political and legal awareness of environmental safety with regard to air, water and ground. Our cleaning products are plant based and environmentally friendly. All this together helps with indoor air pollution control.
House dust is a major cause of year-round runny or stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes and sneezing for allergy sufferers. Dust can also make people with asthma experience wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
House dust is a mixture of many substances. Its content varies from home to home, depending on the type of furniture, building materials, presence of pets, moisture and other factors. A speck of dust may contain fabric fibers, human skin particles, animal dander, microscopic creatures called mites, bacteria, parts of cockroaches, mold spores, food particles and other debris. Of these, animal dander, house dust mites, and cockroaches are the most common culprits. A person may be allergic to one or more of these substances, and, if exposed to the dust, will have an allergic reaction.
Tiny microscopic creatures called dust mites are an important cause of allergic reactions to house dust. They belong to the family of eight-legged creatures called arachnids. As many as 10 percent of the general population and 90 percent of people with allergic asthma are sensitive to dust mites. Recent studies in the United States suggest that at least 45 percent of young people with asthma are allergic to dust mites.
People who are allergic to dust mites react to proteins in the bodies and feces of the mites. These fecal particles are found in the highest concentrations in pillows, mattresses, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. They float into the air when anyone vacuums, walks on a carpet or disturbs bedding, but settle out of the air once the disturbance is over. Dust mite-allergic people who inhale these particles frequently experience allergy symptoms.
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