If only love were the only thing in the air when it comes to your home.
Take a deep breath before you read what two major organizations say about what you are breathing in: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) counts indoor air pollution among the top five environmental health risks. The American Lung Association concludes that poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.
Indoor air pollution sources include:
- Biological contaminants like pollen, molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, animal dander and particles from dust mites and cockroaches.
- Tobacco smoke, which contains some 200 known poisons, such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
- Household products and pesticides, which include oven and drain cleaners, laundry powder, floor polish, paint and pesticides, as well as arts and crafts supplies and yard care products.
- Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide that can enter the home through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, drains, and other openings.
- Building materials such as asbestos found in roofing and flooring materials, and insulation.
- Combustion pollutants from sources such as stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, and water heaters, using gas, oil, coal, wood, or other fuel.
- Formaldehyde that is a common chemical, found primarily in adhesive or bonding agents for many materials found in carpets, upholstery, particleboard, and plywood paneling.
Indoor Pollution Solutions
The American Lung Association recommends that you first, keep pollution out. Second, ventilate to clean the air.
Here are 15 easy, but important tips for healthy indoor air.
- Clean air ducts.
- Declare your home a smoke-free zone.
- Test your home for radon.
- Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
- Fix all leaks and drips, as standing water and high humidity encourage the growth of mold and other pollutants.
- Put away food, cover trash and use pest control.
- Avoid burning wood.
- Do not use scented candles or fragrances to hide odors. Figure out what is causing the smell, clean it up then ventilate to add fresh air.
- Use cleaning, household and hobby products that are less toxic.
- Do not store hazardous chemicals in your home.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Make sure gas appliances vent completely to the outside.
- Never idle your car in an attached garage.
- Wash bedding frequently to kill dust mites.
- Clean your rugs.
Contact RevitaRUGS for Our Indoor Pollution Solutions
Think of your rug as a filter that locks in dirt, dust mites, bacteria, pollen, and particles from food. As a result, it negatively affects your indoor quality of air and contributes to a variety of heath concerns.
With RevitaRUGS, you can eliminate the dirt that not only embeds in your floor coverings, but that also are kicked into the air. Research has shown that dirty rugs can cause asthma and allergy problems, as well as carry viral infections that weaken the immune system.
Area rug cleaning is essential on a regular basis.
Frequent vacuuming is a basic part of maintaining a healthy household—but a deep cleaning is vital to combating indoor pollution.
The beauty—and effectiveness—of our area rug cleaning process is in its simplicity: pure, clean soft water; dye-free, perfume-free soaps; and quick, efficient drying. We have developed our organic wash process over decades of experience, concerned exclusively with quality and cleanliness through environmentally sound, home-friendly practices.
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