Indoor Air Quality

Vacu-Maid Can Improve Allergy & Asthma Symptoms

One way to remove these allergy and asthma triggering elements from your home is by vacuuming and cleaning with a
central vacuum system. A study conducted by the University of California-Davis School of Medicine (in the article
“The Influence of a Central Vacuum System on Quality of Life in Patients with House Dust-Associated Allergic Rhinitis” and published in the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, vol. 11 (4): 290-294) clinically proves that when a central vacuum system is used, it can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms by up to 52%, which is a huge improvement.

Central vacuum systems reduce the amount of allergens in your home by extracting the dirt, dust, mold, pollen, and pet dander out of your carpet and furnishings. It then sends these allergens through the network of hidden tubing in your walls to the dirt can located in a remote area of your house. By doing this, the central vacuum cleaner rids your home of these potentially harmful irritants–unlike most portable vacuum cleaners, which leave much of the fine dust recirculating in the air. Also, by having a central vacuum vented to the outside of your home, it is possible to completely remove even the smallest of particles from your living environment.

American Lung Association Agrees
The American Lung Association has also recognized the benefits of having a Vacu-Maid central vacuum system. They have included a Vacu-Maid system in their Florida “Breathe Easy” office building, which promotes and demonstrates the importance of healthy indoor air quality.

4 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

“The air inside your home can be even more polluted than the outside air of most industrialized cities.” -Environmental Protection Agency
“Most people spend 90% of their time indoors, so indoor air quality should be an area of concern.” -Environmental Protection Agency
Over 20% of the population is affected by either allergies or asthma. -American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
“A central vacuum system can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms by up to 61%. -Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, & Clinical Immunology University of California -Davis School of Medicine

Do You Suffer From Allergies or Asthma?
Do you or any of your family members suffer from sneezing, coughing, or watery eyes due to allergies.  Do you experience shortness of breath?  Are you often tired and lethargic?  These symptoms maybe the result of asthma or allergies, and it is very likely that the air inside your home contains the elements that trigger these symptoms.   Even if you clean your home often, enough dust and allergens are left behind to make allergy and asthma sufferers miserable.  When you clean your home, it is important that you not only make it look clean, but rid it of harmful iirritants that can be hidden in the furniture, the carpet, and even in the air.  Cleaning is like any other job; it is important that you have the proper tools and equipment to get the job done right.  Vacuuming your home is one of the jobs in which doing it, isn’t the same as doing it well.  To truly deep clean your home, you must eliminate the allergy-causing elements, and a VacuMaid central vacuum system is the way to do just that.

Common Allergens Hiding in Your Home

Mold & Pollen:

Mold thrives in wet or moist areas of your home like the kitchen and bathrooms, especially in shower stalls.  These mold spores can trigger allergies.  Indoor plants, while not as troublesome as outdoor plants, do still affect allergies.  Not only is pollen an allergenic concern, but also mold be-cause many plants stay moist and harbor mold spores, which can cause your allergies to flair.

Dust Mites:

Dust mites live buried deep in your carpets, upholstery, and mattresses.Their skin and fecal matter break down into a fine powder that when disturbed floats easily into the air you breathe causing allergies to react.  According to Medicinenet.com, 10% of the population is allergic to dust mites, and 80% of asthmatic children are allergic to dust mites.

Pet Dander:

Pet dander, a common allergen in homes with pets,is the shedding skin of the animal.  The pet dander is more likely to be the cause of allergic reactions rather than the hair or fur.  Saliva,fur, and dander of pets trigger allergic reactions.  These allergens are believed to affect up to 20% of North Americans.

Roaches:

Roaches can be a powerful source of indoor allergens. The most common allergens are found in their digestive enzymes, saliva,and body parts.  These allergens are easily stirred up by movement in a room and combine with the rest of the dust in the air, becoming potentially harmful especially to those who suffer from asthma and allergies.

Is the Air Quality in Your Home as Safe as You Think?

According to the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), household dust contains elements that can trigger asthma.EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally more than 100times, higher than outdoor levels.”  This means that while you may think your home is safe from these irritants, it may not be.  The allergens can be hidden in carpet and furnishings inside your home and may actually be the cause of watery eyes, sneezing, sniffling, coughing, and even shortness of breath.  The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology states that 24 million asthma sufferers and 45 million allergy sufferers were reported in the United States.  This is over 20% of the US population, and rates are ever increasing (www.aaaai.com). In a time where more and more people are suffering from these symptoms, it is important that you take the necessary steps to rid your home of these irritants.

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