Government research shows that people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, but research also shows that indoor air quality is 10 to 100 times more polluted than outside air. And did you know that each person breathes an average of two teaspoons of dust, dust mites, pollen, mold, viruses, bacteria, pet dander, carpet fiber and second hand smoke into their lungs each day? Doesn’t sound too healthy does it? And your disposable filter in your furnace is trapping less than 10% of the pollutants.
What Can You Do?
The most effective solution – some say the only effective solution – to this problem is installing an electronic air cleaner . An electronic air cleaner will capture almost 94% of the pollutants in the air in your home! Over it’s life an electronic air cleaner costs less than 30 cents per day, a bargain compared to the price of your health. Ask about getting one for your home today!
New research on indoor air quality reveals the startling fact that merely walking on your St. Paul home’s carpet can release potentially harmful particles into the air. These particles, when inhaled, lodge themselves in your lungs, potentially contributing to health problems like asthma. The most surprising finding of the research? That walking on carpet and sitting on furniture released as many fine particles as vacuuming.
This research hints at a much larger problem: poor indoor air quality in the homes of most consumers. Most homes harbor an alarming assortment of potentially toxic chemicals and substances. Carpet particles, as mentioned in this research, are usually made from synthetic fibers derived from petroleum. Their impact on the lungs is largely unknown.
Carpets are only the beginning, too: carpet glue and carpet padding can both give off toxic fumes (especially when new). Memory foam mattresses emit toxic fumes that have been associated with a variety of medical symptoms. Paints, varnishes, and fire retardants can also emit a steady flow of toxic, airborne chemicals. As a result, homes that are poorly ventilated become toxic enclosures for their owners, who unknowingly inhale a cocktail of toxic chemicals with every breath.
These problems aren’t limited to St. Paul homes, of course: they can and do exist in apartments, hotel rooms, trailers and other dwellings. So what’s a person to do? First, opt for natural fibers throughout the house wherever possible: wool and organic cotton are the best choices. Replace synthetic fiber carpets with natural fibers like wool. Open windows to circulate the air whenever possible, and use electronic air cleaners to capture airborne particles. Stock your house with more plants, since plants naturally remove toxic chemicals from the air and replace them with oxygen.
Finally, don’t contribute to poor air quality by using toxic products: don’t use furniture polish sprays, avoid hair spray and airborne cosmetic products, don’t use volatile cleaners or lubricant sprays indoors (like WD-40), and certainly don’t use chemical fragrance products (so-called “air fresheners” or “carpet fresheners”) which are actually made from chemical ingredients known to promote liver cancer. If you want your house to smell nice, use only essential oils or other natural fragrances.