Home Safe Home? Or squeaky clean toxic house?
Indoor Air Quality and Household Dust
Once upon a time, household dust was just a nuisance. In a pinch, it was swept under the rug. No more. Today house dust is a toxic menace. House dust is a time capsule of chemical contaminants that come into the home. Since most people spend about 69–90 percent of their time indoors, there is ample opportunity for frequent and prolonged exposure to the dust and its load of contaminants.
What May Be Found in House Dust:
Chemicals, bacteria, dust mites, dust mite proteins (feces), cockroach allergens, animal dander allergens (hair, dander, saliva), pollen, mold, cigarette ash, incinerator ash, fibers (wool, cotton, paper and silk), fingernail filings, food crumbs, glass particles, glue, graphite, animal and human hair, insect fragments, paint chips, plant parts, polymer foam particles, salt and sugar crystals, human skin scales, soil, fungal spores, tobacco, wood shavings.
Concentrations of toxins that cause cancer can be 200-500 times higher in concentration inside your home than outside your home, according to scientist at The Silent Spring Institute, a research center that studies links between the environment and cancer.
Documented health risks of household dust includes breast cancer, asthma, allergic responses; suppressed or hyperactive immune systems; impaired respiratory, cardiovascular; nervous, and reproductive systems; irritated or inflamed skin and mucous membranes; cancer of a variety of tissues and organs; and developmental effects.
As this is not bad enough recent studies also show, not only is it dangerous to drink chlorinated water, but it's even more dangerous to shower or bathe in it. Bottled water has become a bit of a trend, but In a recent study by German researchers, nearly 25,000 chemicals were found lurking in a single bottle of water. Many of these chemicals mimic the effects of potent pharmaceuticals inside your body, according to the study published in the journal PLoS One.
It therefore no surprise that scientist recommend home owners to:
- prevent dust from recycling into the air and install central vacuum cleaners or use portable vacuum systems with HEPA (High efficiency particulate absorption) filter
- install whole house and under counter water filters
Built-in Central Vacuum Systems:
Central vacuum systems, also called ducted vacuum systems, central vacuum cleaners, built-in vacuum systems, built-in vacuum cleaners, built-in vacuums, central vacuums or in wall central vacuum systems are an innovative way of vacuuming a home. Built-in vacuums are the pinnacle of efficiency, not only saving time and energy, but add value to your home and also eliminating the noise, smell, and costly upkeep of portable vacuum cleaners.
Traditional vacuum cleaners allow too much dust to re circulate – on your rugs, furniture and throughout your home. The result: indoor air pollutant levels are two to five times, and in some cases 100 times higher than outdoor levels.
Central vacuum systems are fast becoming one of the more popular household appliances in South Africa because of its ease of service and the convenience of use. You can basically reattach the hose to any outlet and work with it from there without needing to drag the machine around behind you.
Our central vacuum systems are unique and we offer the widest selection of built-in vacuum systems (more than 70 models) in South Africa. We also offer the widest range of hose and attachments, accessories, replacement motors, and spare parts which can also be fitted on Electrolux, Allegro, Beam Built-in Vacuums, Vacu-Maid, Silent Master, Premier Clean, Auskay, and Vacuflo central vacuum systems.
Whether they are industrial, commercial or
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Health Benefits of Central Vacuum Cleaners / Central Vacuum Systems
Conventional vacuum cleaners actually contribute to indoor air pollution by releasing into the air bacteria and dust that can spread infections and trigger allergies and asthma, researchers report in a new study. It appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology
Australian researchers tested 21 central vacuum cleaners from 11 manufacturers,including two commercial models. The vacuums were six months to 22 years old, and ranged from less than R800 to almost R7,000. Brands included Dyson, Electrolux, Hoover, iRobot, and Sanyo. The researchers measured 62 different air emissions. All released some bacteria, dust, and allergens back into the air.
David Corry, MD, is not a fan of the standard vacuum cleaner. Corry is a professor and chief of the section of immunology, allergy, and rheumatology in the department of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
He says that the only kind of vacuum that makes sense is a central vacuum system unit. With these, the motor and filtration unit are located outside of the house, so all of the dust is also filtered outward.
Allergens of dust mites, mold spores, pollen, and pet dander in the air inside your home can cause problems if your family has allergies or asthma. Using HEPA filters can trap these pollutants and may help bring allergy relief.
References - WebMD, ScienceDaily
Whole house water filters:
The use of whole house water filters is fast becoming extremely popular with homeowners. A whole house water filter will treat every single drop of water entering your home and is the most cost effective method to give you peace of mind about the quality of your home water supply.
Aquatic Smart whole house water filters can be configured in a wide variety of styles and price levels depending on what contaminants are in your water, your rate of water use and your budget.
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