Carpet Cleaning Reduces The 5 Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

In order to protect loved ones from new or worsening health issues, it’s very important for families to identify and control the indoor air pollutants (IAPs) in the home. Luckily, these IAPs can be greatly reduced with just a little routine maintenance, especially if any of the following factors could be to blame.
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1. Home Remodeling

Any construction near or within a home has the potential to introduce fine particulate matter into the environment. A recently remodeled home is likely to see a reduction in the air quality because it kicks up dust and dirt, not to mention the sawdust from carpentry work and bits of fiberglass from the removal and installation of insulation.

Even if the construction is not within the home your home, nearby work can have the same effects. Whatever the situation, investing in thorough HVAC, upholstery, and carpet cleaning after the work is complete is the smartest move in removing these potentially harmful particulates from the home.

2. Pesticide Use

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 75 percent of households used at least one pesticide within their home last year. The most common of these chemicals are being used to battle insects, termites, rodents, fungi, and various microbes. This is not to mention the countless amounts of soil and dust that can float or be tracked into the home from outside.

It’s easy enough to remove pesticides from hard, non-porous, surfaces such as tile, furniture, and hardwood floors. On the other hand, fabrics have a tendency to allow sprays, powders, and fogging chemicals to seep into the fibers which can then be reemitted into the air when disturbed. If you suspect a buildup of pesticides is causing health issues for someone in your home, it may be time to hire a professional carpet cleaning company to see to its proper and complete removal.

3. Improper Ventilation

When the air within a home is allowed to become stale or moist, it will allow the growth of molds and mildews while also retaining particulates that may have otherwise been removed naturally. Signs of improper ventilation can include condensation on windows and walls, musty odors, stuffy air, and the visible presence of mold on paper products and fabrics.

Experts agree that by introducing fresh air into the home and controlling the amount of moisture buildup reduces the chances that your loved ones will suffer the health issues associated with poor ventilation. Mold and mildew spores grow in areas ripe with excessive moisture and their reduction and removal is key to good indoor air quality.

4. Dirty HVAC Systems

Unfortunately, the heating and air ducts within a home are not hermetically-sealed, closed systems and, as such, have the potential to become soiled with a host of dangerous particulates. What’s worse is that when you switch on your HVAC system, the dirt, dust mites, pollen, and pieces of insects are released into your home.

Keeping a home clean and clutter free is only the first step in reducing the buildup of irritants in your ductwork. The routine maintenance and cleaning of your HVAC system, as well as regular upholstery and carpet cleaning, will greatly reduce the likelihood that you and your family are inhaling these allergens.

5. Pet Hair & Dander

Pets are family and no matter how much so many of us try, we eventually give in and let them live not just inside our homes, but we allow them to occupy our couches and beds, as well. Anything with fur will offer pet dander and dirty pet hair into the air, ventilation, fabrics, and carpeting of the home.

Brushing and bathing your pets regularly and limiting their time outdoors reduces the accumulation of the dirt, hair, and dander within your home. Homeowners should also be sure to invest the time and energy needed to keep their homes clean and free of these pet allergens.

Homeowners are not often aware of how big an impact the indoor air quality within and around their homes can affect their health. For example, exposure to poor air quality has been shown to cause irritation of eyes, nose, throat, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and aggravated asthma symptoms. If you or a family member is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consider having your home, ventilation, upholstery, and carpeting thoroughly professionally cleaned.