Few people would equate clean carpets with cleaner indoor air, but it certainly can help. It’s actually gravity and the trapping of particles that has the positive affect on your indoor air quality.
When you clean the carpets it removes what has been trapped inside them and keeps the air clean. Therefore, gravity, carpets and carpet cleaning have a very positive affect on the end result of your indoor air quality.Consider that gravity causes the particles in your home, such as dust, pollen and pet dander, to fall to the floor. If you have carpets, then you have a situation where the fibers are trapping the particles inside of them. Therefore, gravity helps to bring particles to a place where they can be removed with proper carpet cleaning.
The combination of gravity, carpets and carpet cleaning reduces the level of particles in the air. Proper cleaning, with professional vacuums, effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps to keep us from breathing them into our lungs.
A misperception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, a properly cleaned carpet will not have a negative affect and there may even be advantages. Studies have shown (Refer to this Article at Medscape) that properly cleaned carpets may help reduce particles and dust and is a suitable flooring choice for those dealing with asthma and allergies as long as the carpets are cleaned properly.
When a carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers. Carpet is recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds among various flooring choices and interior finishes. The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Standard even has a standard for carpets that relates to indoor air quality.
Without question, people spend the majority of their time indoors. However, the indoor air quality of their workplace or home is not at the fore front of most people’s minds.
Indoor Air Quality is Important!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution can be higher than the outside air. Indoor air quality can vary greatly, but we all know that a clean house results in higher indoor air quality.
If you want to learn more about the quality of the air outside your house then use this link. Even if your home and carpets are clean it is still a great idea to open the windows and let some fresh air in as we live in an area with an abundance of fresh air.
Click here to learn about Your Outdoor Air Quality.
It makes you wonder, what are you breathing?
Indoor air pollution can create a greater health risk than the exposure to outdoor air pollution. With energy concerns, the risk may even increase. Do to higher energy costs, we are constructing more tightly sealed buildings.
Many people are investing in heating efficiency (less airflow from the outside) even with an older home. Also, people are now using more combustibles in the living area with wood burning and pellet burning stoves being used to supplement heating costs.
The flip side to this greater energy efficiency is reduced ventilation rates and wood burning stoves add particles to the air.
Many people have pets and this can increase the particle level of indoor air as well.
Finally, the pace of living today often results in people skipping the thorough cleaning that is needed to improve indoor air quality.
The question is what can be done about it?
Open the Windows
We need fresh air. Periodically open the windows to help bring in and circulate fresh air.
Clean Your Vents
If you have a vent system in your home, then make sure the vents are kept clean and replace air filters when needed.
Clean your Carpets
If you have carpets, then know that a carpet acts like a giant filter which traps and collects all types of indoor air pollutants thus preventing these trapped pollutants from returning to the breathing zone. This is great!
However, eventually your “carpet-filters” get filled with dry soil and air borne pollutants and stops working efficiently, much like your furnace filter or the air filter in your car.
Carpet cleaning is just like cleaning the air filters in other items. Improve your indoor air quality by cleaning your carpets and removing harmful pollutants. Clean your carpets for appearance and for your health. Having your carpets regularly cleaned does more than improve the appearance of the carpet. It provides you with a healthier indoor environment.
Give A Clean Vision a call at 802-295-6065. We can clean your carpets with a regular vacuum cleaning schedule and do a carpet deep clean once or twice a year.