Tag: Allergens

5 Reasons To Clean Your Carpet & HVAC System

Have you ever thought about how dirty your carpet is? What’s more, have you thought about the bacteria living in your carpet? Are you curious about what’s right under your feet, or swirling in the air around you? If so, read on!

According to 50 Random Facts About…Carpet:

  • The virus that causes the stomach flu can survive on uncleaned carpet for over a month! 
  • Every year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under carpet. 
  • Did you know that the 5-second rule is a myth?  Bacteria can live for four WEEKS on carpet. AND thanks to microbial adhesion, germs like salmonella are immediately transferred to food that gets dropped on the floor.
  • All carpet should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months. 
  • When properly cleaned and maintained, carpeting may improve the quality of air by trapping allergy-inducing dust and allergens. Most people, though, don’t clean their carpets correctly, which can actually make allergies worse.

You may be wondering, what do these random facts have to do with my HVAC system?

  • Much like the carpet being a place for bacteria to adhere to, an HVAC system is the perfect place for bacteria or allergens that can harm you or your family. How does that affect you? The air you breathe comes right out of your heating and air unit.
  • Have you taken a look at your coils lately to see how clean they are? You are breathing the dirt, debris, hair, dander, particles and bacteria that are present on your coils because the air gets pushed through your coil, into your ductwork, and eventually into your home or building. 
  • Take it a step further – check the bottom of your drain pan. Do you see any build-up? That’s the condensation off of your coil. What you see in the bottom of that pan came from the coil. THAT’S what you and your family are breathing. 
  • If you’re concerned about your carpet holding viruses or bacteria, you should be just as concerned about what your HVAC system is harboring! Professionals suggest having your AC unit maintenanced every year, usually at the beginning of spring.

Last but not least: 

  • When properly cleaned and maintained, clean coils and drip pans will improve the quality of air in your home! But just as with carpet, many people don’t get them cleaned. That results in poor air quality and a shortened life for your HVAC unit.

Think about it! To keep you and your family healthy, it just might help to leave your shoes at the door, get your carpet cleaned and get your HVAC system maintenanced by a licensed HVAC professional. It’s never too early to start!

Something Interesting: IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….(AACHOOOO)

It’s that time of year again. A time for travel, shopping, much needed down-time, celebration ,and most of all family gathering.

Most of your down time is going to be spent inside and more than likely there will be a Christmas Tree close by. You may enjoy taking down and putting up an artificial tree, however, you may display the live tree. As beautiful as they are, they may pose a threat to your enjoyment.

Funny Christmas Trees - GIFMANIA

Did you ever wonder why your allergies flared more around this time of year? Well, just maybe you’re experiencing Christmas tree syndrome. Seriously, if you chose to have the live tree, think about it. This tree was cut down and stored with moisture on it, until its owner came to purchase it (you). On this tree, rests pollen, mold (which loves moisture), dust, etc. You bring it into your house and then maybe you don’t dust off your ornaments that you used the previous year. Yet, you decorate the tree and head out to complete your holiday endeavors.

According to WebMD, twelve times during a two week period, researchers measured mold counts in a room containing a live Christmas tree, beginning when the tree was brought inside and decorated. The tree was located 10 feet from a heat vent, and the indoor temperature was maintained at between 65 and 68*F. For the first three days, counts remained at 800 spores per cubic meter of air, then began escalating, rising to a maximum of 5,000 spores per cubic meter by day 14, when the tree was taken down.

How to avoid, or at least decrease the blow or impact of the allergens, well I’m glad you asked. One way to decrease the impact of the allergies, is to display your tree at a shorter amount of time. Shake your tree outside, spray with water and let dry outside, before bringing it in to decorate (WBRC News). Also, clean your ornaments before hanging them on your tree, and refrain from spray on decoration.

Just wanted to share that bit of information, so that you may get the most out of your Holiday and enjoy your family.

Please comment below, letting us know your experience, or if you have anything to add to this to help someone.

From me to you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

 

shandiShandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for VAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com