By Guestblogger Azita Goldman from Revita Rugs
Take a deep breath before you read what two major organizations are saying about what your home air quality: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) counts indoor pollutions among the top five environmental health risks and the American Lung Association concludes that poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung disease such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.
Rugs and carpets can be especially dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria and regular cleanings are as vital as cleaning the air filters in the AC system. Carpets and area rugs act as an air filter and absorb dust, pollen, tobacco or wood smoke, perfumes, aerosol sprays, cleaning products and fumes from paint and cooking gas. If that wasn’t scary enough, dangerous bugs like pneumonia, E. Coli and vomit-inducing toxins are brought into our homes on the soles of our shoes and then trampled on rugs and carpets when we don’t take our shoes off. In a recent study, bags of dust taken from NY home vacuum cleaners and tested by CED for hazardous, life threatening chemicals. They found six classes of toxins proven to harm the reproductive
and immune systems in varying amounts.
What can you do to protect your home?
Source Control: Remove shoes at the entrance door to minimize tracking bacteria into the home. Have your area rugs cleaned professionally. Some experts suggest avoiding a steam cleaning service as the chemical-dry process can further promote asthma by introducing more triggers.
Ventilation Improvements: Increase amount of outdoor air coming indoors. Open windows when weather permits. Use fans in bathroom and kitchen.
Air Cleaners: Purchase an air cleaner based on the severity of your air quality conditions. There are many types on the market from relatively inexpensive table-top models to more expensive whole-house systems. While there is no scientific evidence to support it, some experts believe houseplants remove significant quantities of pollutants in homes and offices. Be careful not to over-water your plants because overly damp soil may promote the growth of microorganisms which can affect allergic individuals.