Quality Vacuums and Air Systems Keep Allergens out of your Life

By: Jacques Bouchard

Lurking Pollutants

The size of most airborne pollutants is measured in microns(one-millionth of a meter). Common and harmful airborne particles rangein size from 2.4 microns to .3 microns. Below are some common householdparticles and their width:

Human Hair: 60-100 MicronsDust Mites: 125 MicronsDust Mite Feces: 10-24 MicronsPollen: 10-40 MicronsMold Spores: 2-10 Microns

Unfortunately, the average vacuum cleaner will only filter particlesfrom 30-50 microns in size, meaning that dust mite feces, pollen, andmold spores are not being effectively removed. Animal dander isespecially difficult to remove, with particles about 2.5 microns insize that can stay airborne for hours. Some models of vacuum canactually increase the airborne allergen levels in a home! It’s time tokick things up a notch.

Window Shopping

Consumer Reports states that high-priced, feature-laden machineswill not necessarily do a better cleaning job. In many cases, you’ll beable to find a quality upright model that can get the job done. Theyespecially recommend upright models for carpets, but warns that they’reawkward on stairs. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, however, acentral vacuum system may be the best answer. While new vacuum cleanersmake many claims, such as High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)cleaners that can remove 99.97% of the particles from the air, acentral vacuum cleaning system removes 100% of the particles becausethe air is being ejected outside of the house. Most central vacuumsystems have 3-5 times the suction power of a portable system, whichmeans less time vacuuming with better results. While these systems areexpensive (about $1,000-$4,000) and not a good investment unless youplan on staying in the home for 5 years or more, they can increase thevalue of the home up to $2,000, which softens the financial blow.

Taking Care of Business

When you think of vacuuming, you’re probably thinking “carpet".That’s a great starting point! Hit the visible carpet area, and be surenot to neglect areas under and behind furniture, where heavy amounts ofallergens collect. And take your time- it’s easy to vacuum too fast andmiss the dirt and debris lying in wait deep within the carpet. Run overall surfaces several times to ensure that they’re cleaned properly.Hard floors should never be neglected, as they can also accumulatedust, mold spores and debris. Make sure to change the vacuum bag whenit’s about three quarters full, and change the filters often.Don’t stop vacuuming with the floor. Dust mites and other asthmatriggers love upholstered furniture. Be sure to take some time on thecouch and chairs, and if your drapes and curtains have been hanginguntouched all year, it’s time for some TLC. And here’s a pop quiz:what’s the difference between a mattress and a floor when it comes todust, mold spores, pet dander, and allergens? The answer? You sleep onyour mattress! Vacuum it frequently to keep it healthy.To recap, you’re sleeping, sitting, and walking in areas laden withmold spores, dirt, dust, dust mites, and pet dander. And to add injuryto injury, dirt is grinding continuously against the carpet and wearingit out. The right vacuum cleaner used properly will help stop this.Simple solution, right?

Take it to the Next Level!

Now that your surfaces are clean, it’s time to condition the air.Basement Systems has a veritable miracle machine that’s perfect for thejob. The SaniDry Basement Air Systemdehumidifies, deodorizes, and filters the air. It’s able to removeparticles as small as 2 microns- smaller than dust mites, dust mitefeces, pollen, and even mold spores! While it’s cleaning the air, theSaniDry also dehumidifies it, removing as much as 100 pints of water aday. With its Energy Star Rating, it does this at the same energy usageas a 40 pint model. It’s self draining and needs no daily maintenance,and it can lower the humidity levels low enough to prevent the growthof mold and dust mites in your home. And with your humidity levels low,your house will be more energy efficient to heat and cool!

You spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on your home, and it onlytakes a little more to make it healthy and comfortable. Your home iswhere you go to relax, rechargePsychology Articles, and enjoy your family. Don’t sweepallergens under the rug! Splurge.

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