Tobacco smoke is one of the smallest allergens, and for years the EPA has reported the link between second-hand smoke and health effects.
Pollen comes from trees, flowers and grass, and even opening a door can allow millions of these particles into a home. Some people are particularly sensitive to the presence of certain pollen particles.
People who are allergic to cats and dogs are actually allergic to the dander flakes their pets shed. Dander can remain in a home long after the presence of the host animal.
Mold and mildew:
Typically found in the shower, kitchen or basement, these sneaky plant spores also grow any place that's warm and humid.
Home sweet home. It's where our heart is, and where we spend most of our time. Naturally, we want it to be free from unhealthy influences.
As we look increasingly to our homes as havens from a stressful world, the issue of indoor air quality has never been more critical. Today's homes boast tight construction, and that's appealing from the standpoint of warmth as well as energy conservation. But they also can be breeding grounds for unhealthy entities that remain trapped inside - bacteria, dirt, mold, dust mites, pollens and other allergens. Most are so small,they can't be seen with the naked eye.
According to health experts, these indoor
pollutants can manifest themselves in symptoms
such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, nasal
congestion, headaches, tiredness, dizziness,
and difficulty breathing. In fact, 40 to 50
million Americans suffer from allergies, says
Is it possible to cure a "sick" home?
Medical experts say that keeping a clean home can make a significant difference. Thorough and regular vacuuming is an important part of that regimen according to such credible authorities as the American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Today's vacuum cleaners have been designed with a focus on filtration technology to address Indoor Air Quality issues. Not only are they efficient at picking up dirt from the floor, but their allergen filtration or HEPA filtration systems are designed to retain minute particles so that they don't get back out into the air. Regular vacuuming can also help control animal dander, spiders, spider egg sacs and webs.
Deep cleaning or extracting goes hand-in hand with vacuuming. The use of specially formulated liquid cleaning solutions for extractors can help loosen and remove allergens that cling to carpet fibers.
These vacuuming tips can contribute to the thorough cleaning that makes a Healthier home:
Other tips, to be used in tandem with vacuum cleaning:
Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) Program
The Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) program was developed by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and its participating members to test and certify Room Air Cleaners. It is based on the recommended standard for particulate removal originally adopted in 1988 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This standard known as AC-1, measures removal of tobacco smoke particles, dust and pollen. ANSIís approval of the standard means that the test protocol has gone through a peer review process and has been accepted by the scientific and public-health communities. You can find information about CADR at http://www.cadr.org/.Understanding the Scope of the Air Cleaner Standard and the Related AHAM Industry Certification Program