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A CLEANER CARPET CHRONICLE OCTOBER 2015 Published exclusively for clients of A Cleaner Carpet Cleaner “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller In This Issue Do You Breathe Easy at Home? Making Playgrounds Safer Top 5 Financial Planning Tips Recipe: Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup Good Clean Funnies and Quick Tips October is Positive Attitude Month! Do You Breathe Easy at Home? How to Control Indoor Air Pollution Pollution. We use the word to describe harmful or poisonous substances introduced into an environment. Water pollution, ground pollution, noise pollution, and air pollution are examples we most commonly relate to the outdoor environment. So it may surprise you to find that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published reports that indoor air is 2-5 and in some cases up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. Air Suspends Particles This article will give you some recommendations to make your indoor air Most airborne particles are harmless. However, others can cause problems, cleaner, healthier and safer. But first, the particularly for those with asthma, basics… allergies or immune disorders. There are What is “Air”? four keys to keeping your indoor air clean Air is a mixture of gases that make up and healthy: exclude, capture, clean and Earth’s atmosphere. The part of the control. atmosphere that contains the right Exclude – Keep contaminants out mixture of gases to support life contains Keeping contaminants out of the home nitrogen and oxygen, as well as trace amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, helium, is challenging because most airborne particles are tiny and can be everywhere. neon and other gases. Air also contains variable amounts of water vapor. We refer Pollen, carbon, mold spores, organic matter, insect matter, car exhaust, and to the amount of suspended water vapor plain old dirt enter the home, transported as humidity. on air currents, clothing and shoes. 301.774.4455 301.730.1620 www.carpetcleaner.com Call now for a FREE estimate! Carpet Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Tile and Grout Cleaning Drapery Cleaning Guaranteed Pet Odor Removal Scotchgard Carpet and Upholstery Protector Natural Stone Polishing Emergency Water Extraction Humidity Plays an Important Role in Indoor Air Quality The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends maintaining indoor relative humidity levels between 30% and 50% for human health and comfort. Higher humidity can create an environment where microbes can flourish and create an unsanitary condition. In addition, higher humidity can result in condensation of water on surfaces. This can hold soils and organic matter, creating a perfect incubator for mold, which can exacerbate asthma and allergies. Reduce entry by keeping your doors and windows shut, removing shoes when entering and immediately changing your clothing after dusty activities like yard work. There are other contaminants that originate from within the home. Pet and human dander, food particles, dust mites and their feces, cooking gases, sprays, chemicals, cleaning agents and many other particulates combine to reduce overall indoor air quality. Controlling these can be tricky, because they result from every day living activities. Your best defense is to capture, clean and control them. Continued on next page }