Quality of indoor air and its influence on health

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Quality of indoor air and its influence on health

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The last two decades of the past century brought big change in building design. Energy efficiency became a main focus that made modern home and offices more airtight than before. Also, new materials used in construction make indoor environments more prone to build up of different contaminants. Inhaled biological particles can have significant effect on our health. It’s clear that resolving air quality in indoor environments problem is a real challenge, since more than half of air intake during lifetime is indoor air. We will try to give couple of advises on how to keep indoor air quality adequate and minimize its effect on your general health.

What’s cleaning?

“Cleaning is the traditional activity of removing contaminants, pollutants and undesired substances from an environment or surface to reduce damage or harm to human health or valuable materials. Cleaning is the process of locating, identifying, containing, removing and properly disposing of unwanted substances from an environment or material.” – Definition of Cleaning – IICRC S100-02

What should I do?

Keep your walkways, driveways and entryways clean to minimize quantities of debris and dirt that you bring inside on your shoes and clothes. This is especially important during summer months when a lot of send, dirt and other dry pollutants are easily airborne due to drier weather and wind.

Use entry mats to trap all the soil, preventing it to become airborne. Another good thing is to protect your floors from abrasion that dry particles that are brought in would cause. When the fibres or surfaces are scratched, crashed, matted and abraded, so little we can do to bring them back to a new look.

Take your shoes off when entering. Some researches have shown even traces of lead on people’s shoes. You don’t want that in your home.

One of the most important things you can do is to vacuum as often as twice a week before all the dirt gets embedded into floors, and even more important use good quality equipment. Agitation is something you should look for. Vacuum cleaners that have rotating beater bar (or brush) are highly efficient in removing dry particles and soil because they offer good deal of agitation. When choosing a vacuum cleaner always check if it’s passed Seal of Approval from Carpet & Rug Institute. Choose more expensive filter bags over cheep paper bags because they won’t stop the smallest particles to go through. Use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorbing) filters.

Get your ducts and ventilation system cleaned every three to five years (National Air Duct Cleaners Association), sometimes even more frequent if any member of a family has some respiratory problems. Use quality reusable electrostatic filters for HVAC systems. Remove and flush them free of collected soils monthly.

And last, but definitely not the least, get your carpets, area rugs, upholstery, draperies and any other fabric surfaces cleaned by professional cleaners at least once a year.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your cleaningn eeds, please contact us.

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