Reducing Sources Of Indoor Pollution

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If you like to think of your home as a safe haven to escape pollution, you may want to take a deep breath before stepping through your front door.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels are two to five times greater than those found in the outdoor air.

While this can be a serious problem for those suffering from asthma, allergies or emphysema, it's not healthy for anyone, especially small children. Because they breathe in 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults, children are more vulnerable to the effects of pollution.

Efforts to rid your home of dust, dirt and allergens could even make things worse, as many poorly sealed and filtered bagless vacuums add to the pollution by releasing lung-damaging particles back into the air.

Here are a few tips to help reduce indoor air pollution.

• Properly maintain heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, changing filters regularly.

• Use only nontoxic household detergents and cleaning agents.

• Open the windows when weather permits.

• Clean up water leaks that can lead to the formation of mold.

• Choose a vacuum cleaner with a filtering dustbag and reputation for providing superior dust retention and filtration. Bagless vacuum cleaner bins can be an environmental hazard when emptied into the garbage. Dust poured from a bin emits fine particles back into the air. That's also true for any open bag that's pushed into a garbage bag.

A recent independent scientific study shows that some vacuums with HEPA filters do not effectively protect a home's air quality and unfiltered air may escape, releasing as much as 2-14 million lung-damaging particles per minute into the air on average.

These particles can pollute indoor air quality for hours after the vacuum is turned off.

The scientific study showed that the Miele vacuum, with its Sealed System engineering, equipped with a unique AirClean Filter-bag and certified HEPA filter, had significantly lower rates of particle emissions than competitive models. The vacuums captured and retained over 99.9 percent of harmful and lung-damaging irritants, making them a serious cleaning tool for maintaining an allergy-friendly environment.

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Rainer
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Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
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I don't think people realize what is exactly going on in there own home.

A closed home is like an incubator for things.

Open those windows, see how the whole scent of the house will change, and you may actually feel a little better

Enjoy the day

Jul 24, 2010 04:31 AM #1
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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My sister has a part-time "retirement" job taking care of LIVE plants in people's offices.  At lunch we discuss how this is often the FIRST expense to cut when it is really a HEALTH ISSUE for employees...I have LIVE plants in my office and a Google reminder to water them weekly!!!!

Jul 24, 2010 04:41 AM #2
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Al Raymondi
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Good tips John, thanks for sharing.  I had no idea small children are more vulnerable.

Jul 24, 2010 06:26 AM #3
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