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May 13 2015

How to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Allergy-proof-your-homeDealing with allergies? You’re not alone.

Nearly 20% of the population suffers from the same scratchy throat, watery eyes and stuffy nose. Medications can help with relieving some of your allergies but there are other steps you can take to help remove allergens. Use these tips to help allergy-proof your home and battle those symptoms many of us know all too well.

What are you allergic to? 

The first step in removing allergens in your home is to find out what exactly you are allergic to. You can do this by visiting an allergist who will be able to give you an idea as to what to avoid. The most common type of allergies consist of pollen, pet dander, dust and mold. Once you find this out you can take these next steps to allergy-proofing your home. Continue reading »

Feb 10 2012

What is a HEPA filter? I’m so Glad You Asked!

In case you haven’t noticed, at Crucial Vacuum we are pretty crazy about our HEPA filters. I suggest vacuuming with a good HEPA filter in nearly every post I write. But I have never really talked much about what a HEPA filter is. So, let’s talk about it!

What is HEPA?

HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate arresting”. HEPA filters are air filter that trap almost all the dust and dirt particles down to and including 0.3 microns (AKA tiny particles of dirt and dust).

The way HEPA filters are made is what makes them more effective than other filters. They are made up of glass fibers, placed on top of one another, like pleats. These fibers are held together with the help of frames placed inside. Because the fibers are held so tightly together, it is nearly impossible for most contaminants to pass through. Therefore they become trapped inside the filter, instead of floating freely in your air.

Not just any filter can claim to be a HEPA filter either! The government has standards that a filter must meet before it can bear the HEPA name. In order to pass the test, filters must have the capability to trap at least 99.97% of .3 microns. That’s some serious trap-ability!

What are HEPA “like” Filters? Continue reading »

Feb 7 2012

Crucial Tips For Keeping Our Children’s Rooms Allergen-Free

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma Immunology (AAAAI), approximately 13 million school days are missed each year due to asthma.

Because my husband and I are both allergy sufferers and I have asthma, I know my son is at a much greater risk of developing both, which is a total bummer. So I am always looking for ways to limit his exposure to dust, allergens, and indoor air pollutants.

But, I have a confession. Being a less than perfect housekeeper, I admit that I sometimes cut corners when it came to cleaning my son’s room. My guests never go in there so I figured my limited time was better spent on the kitchen and living room.

But after doing some research, I realized what a huge risk I was taking. After all, my son spends a third of his life in his bedroom, which means that air should be the cleanest and safest air in the house. When he lays his precious little head down and drifts off to dream he should be safe and secure, not breathing in harmful allergens.

Instead of feeling guilty, I found these tips from the AAAAI for keeping our children’s rooms allergen free. I hope you find them as useful as I have.

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Jan 18 2012

Common Biological Pollutants in Your Home

We’ve all seen the newscasts on household pollutants and bacteria that are meant to scare the living daylights out of us. They use black lights to reveal hidden deadly bacteria living on our pillowcases and faucets and it’s enough to make our skin crawl. I promise I’m not trying to make your skin crawl. But I am going to tell you about some pretty common biological pollutants that could be present in your home right now.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines biological pollutants as contaminants that are living or are produced by living things. Areas that provide food, moisture, or water are a breeding ground for biological pollutants. Unfortunatly, many biological pollutants can make you and your family sick by triggering allergic reactions. Some of the most common reactions are sneezing, itchy watery eyes, dizziness, shortness of breath, and digestive problems. Many of these pollutants can become airborne in your home and can be circulated through your homes central air system causing your family to be constantly exposed.

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Mar 8 2011

Indoor Air Quality and Your Vacuum Cleaner

Indoor Quality

We spend more time indoors than outdoors. Having high quality Indoor Air Quality  (IAQ) Is Crucial!  Did you know: if you don’t breathe you die? Of course you did! But here is a slightly more disturbing fact from the Environmental Protection Agency: poor indoor air quality can contribute chronic respiratory conditions like as asthma, allergies, and in extreme cases severe lung disease. Indoor air quality is not typically the forerunner of the “getting healthy” discussion, but improving it can have a significant impact on everyday life. Harmful gases, microbial growths, and tracked dirt all contribute to congestion and poor air quality – but you have a defense; it’s probably an upright, and sitting in your cleaning closet right now….Your vacuum cleaner! Indoor air quality is hindered by an infiltration of particles, pollutants and dust. But with a once-a-week cleaning regimen including an efficient vacuum and vacuum cleaner filter, you can eliminate pounds of contaminants from your home every time you clean. The efficiency of your vacuum, and in turn, your IAQ is dependent on your filter’s capabilities. A clean, new vacuum filter traps particulates within the machine. But a faulty inefficient filter actually kicks all the material back into the air. As you can imagine, indoor air quality and vacuum filter efficiencies are directly related. Indoor Air Quality is not just a luxury – it’s crucial. Use your vacuum once each week, and keep that filter in working condition. You know, if you like breathing and everything. Keep your indoor air quality pristine with a Crucial Vacuum Filter found here.