A CLEANER CARPET CHRONICLE
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“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
Good Clean Funnies and
Do You Breathe Easy
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,
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
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
on air currents, clothing and shoes.
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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
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.
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