Switch to a HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

In a desperate attempt to bolster indoor air quality, people may spend an entire day cleaning every crevice of their homes. When you do dismantle your home to give it a thorough cleaning, make sure you have the right equipment. Many store-bought cleaners contain harmful chemicals that, when used over time, can harm your health. When you need to clean hard surfaces, such as your countertops or wooden floors, choose a cleaning product that contains more natural ingredients. For those who prefer to purchase their cleaning products, we recommend brands such as Honest and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. If you would prefer to concoct your own product, check out these simple DIY cleaners.

Cleaning the surfaces in your home is certainly a critical step in improving your indoor air quality. However, most often, homeowners neglect to tackle the source – the air itself. Dust and SVOCs (Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds). SVOCs are a silent containment that use dust as a vehicle to travel throughout your home, and when present, can cause allergies and respiratory problems. Even worse, these contaminants can remain present for years.  If someone in your family can’t seem to get better from respiratory issues, it very well could be because of the SVOCs in your home’s air. This is where a HEPA vacuum will come in good use.

SVOCs:

  • Phthalates
  • Flame-Retardents
  • Pesticides
  • Biosides
  • Plasticizers
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Are you still using your vacuuming for over a decade ago? An older vacuum is more likely to exhaust dust right back into the air. This is why it’s important to use a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) vacuum.

Why Use a HEPA Vacuum?

A HEPA vacuum prevents the redistribution of dust by using a certified sealed system that traps even the finest dust particles, like pet dander. This type of vacuum filter removes 99.97 percent of fine particles that have a size of 0.3 µm (micrometers), or three millionths of a meter. Now that’s impressive.

Don’t just vacuum when you’re expecting company, though. By cleaning regularly with a HEPA vacuum, you will dramatically decrease harmful particles floating in your air.


For information or assistance with HVAC efficiency, give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 405-794-8900.

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