Cleaning up the Air

After spending some time in the hospital for health problems related to breathing, I decided the first thing I should write about upon returning home this morning is dust and irritants in the air. For those of us living with COPD, Asthma, Emphysema, and Bronchitis, this is a major cause of distress. Yet, to date, the complete elimination of dust from the face of the earth is not possible.

That said, it is also important to remember that dust is not the only trigger for difficulties in breathing, It is simply one that can be easily controlled within our homes. It can’t be eliminated from all environments that might be encountered, but in our homes it is.

While I was sick, my family did the chore that created the problem: they dusted. I had always used the old cloth and can of furniture polish. My family, though, thought this was too much work. Instead, they used the Swiffer dusting system. From their results, I will be adopting this method.

The disposable dusters have an advantage over the old fashioned method in that less dust is plummeted through the air with every swipe. The heads for the duster already contain the optimal amount of polish and are treated to eliminate a larger amount of allergens. They are also safe to use on all surfaces, even computers. This is a big plus since I live my life on a keyboard.

The disadvantages of using Swiffer are, of course, the cost and the creation of additional trash for landfills, but the cost is outweighed when compared to medical bills due to the complications dust can create.

Swiffer is not the only system that uses replaceable dusting heads. Many companies now offer the same technology for the common household chore of dusting because we have become a society of convenience. No longer are feathers the preferred or even the most sanitary method of dusting quickly.

The feather duster, which is more modern than a cloth and polish, does little to control the dust in a home. In fact, these types of dusters tend to spread the dust. This is because they only remove the dust from the desired area and disperse it into the air, where it eventually settles on carpets and upholstery. Later, some of the dust left behind is vacuumed or swept up with a broom. If the vacuum does not use a hepa or hepa type filter, the remaining particles are scattered once again. With a broom, a larger amount of particles are scattered. This creates one large cycle of constant dust in the home.

The addition of an air filtration system to the home can help with the elimination of dust and other air pollutants. as well. In fact, after having researched the IQAir air purification system for the home during an earlier blog and taking into consideration my health care provider’s advice, I will be adding an IQAir purifier to my home to ensure better health.

My family will also benefit, although no other member of my family has breathing difficulties. I have learned that the lungs can be damaged easily. In addition, lung tissue cannot regenerate itself once damaged. The simple adjustments we are making as a family will help ensure that common pollutants in a home do not contribute to the damage of lung tissue in all members of the household. And, I believe that anything we can do to better the health of those we love is a worthwhile investment.

If you or your loved ones suffer from respiratory illnesses, whether chronic or acute, please spend some time investigating the options for cleaner air in your home. You can find a multitude of products available at very reasonable prices at EZ Vacuum.

Quality Versus Quantity

Searching around for ideas to write about as I flipped through the television channels, I kept coming back to the same thing: the cleaning advertisements. For some reason, the commercials touting the virtues of how to keep a home clean seemed to parody short comedy clips in an effort to sway the viewer to purchase their brand.

Along with this thought, my mind toyed with the product list at EZVacuum. When it did, I realized that many of the products are not those portrayed on the commercials. And I knew why: the quality of the products available from vacuums to cleaning solutions are too high.

Yes, I said it-most commercials push products that are not needed and that do not work as advertised. Even some of the advertised green cleaners are not as environmentally friendly as they claim to be from the more common supermarket brands.

However, they do have a pull. Since we’ve been raised with the idea that cleanliness is next to godliness, we will rush right out and purchase a product that promises to deliver us from the evil which opposes clean. Most of the time, though, we only end up with heavily perfumed water that doesn’t do much but overload the olfactory senses.

If quality and true cleaning are important to you, then it is worth the investment into products such as Allersearch, which is held to strict standards to deliver exactly what is promised and IQAir whose products are of a medical grade. Instead of choosing a vacuum that will only last a few months, invest in a true HEPA filtervacuum such as a Miele Series 7.

If you’re worried about the initial outlay of cash, then weigh that against the advantages of less costs for maintenance over a period of several years rather than a few months. You can also purchase items for maintenance that use recycled materials, resulting in less cost. Most of the higher quality products also use less quantities to do the same job as their lower quality counterparts, which result in lower cost as well.

Basically, the initial outlay for quality over quantity may seem high, but the rate of replenishment and the effectiveness of the products will show a reduced bill in cleaning supplies and equipment in the long run. Cheap isn’t always the best route to go and often ends up costing more than paying for the quality to begin with.

You can find all your cleaning needs at EZVacuum, where quality is a priority and cleaning fits into any budget.

IQAir HealthPro Plus Delivers as Promised

If you’re looking for an air purifier that truly delivers all it promises, then the IQAir HealthPro Plus is just what the doctor ordered. While its size and basic construction reminds one of a pre-80s CPU, the housing is still attractive enough to fit into modern decor while cleaning the air you breath.

The IQAir HealthPro Plus has received top recommendations from Consumer Digest, Discovery Health, Allergy Buyer’s Club, and Consumer Search. IQAir, a Swiss based company, is also an official partner of the American Lung Association. In addition, IQAir purification systems are often the choice of builders on the popular television show “Extreme Make-Over Home Edition”.

The unit is fully usable straight out of the box, which eliminates the possibility of poor performance due to incorrect installation. The only part of the HealthPro Plus that does require the consumer to attach to it are the four snap-on caster wheels, an optional feature for those who may feel like moving the unit from room to room.

The sound of the HealthPro Plus depends upon the setting the consumer wishes to run. At higher settings, the sound will be louder. However, most people use purification systems at a moderate setting of 3-4. In comparison to other purifiers, the HealthPro Plus is quieter than most HEPA purifiers. This is because the circulation motor is not housed just below the surface. Instead, it has been engineered so that the motor is sandwiched between the filter elements. It is also engineered to creat full-spectrum sound. Full-spectrum sound falls away in short time as the waves do not travel far. It’s similar to what happens in sports arenas or concerts where only a din is noticed.

It is also important to note that any air purification system requires good air flow. So, when deciding what setting to use, it is advisable to set the purifier to the highest setting tolerable. Keep in mind that the initial drone of the purifier may seem loud but will fade away as background noise in short time. In fact, after a couple hours of having the HealthPro Plus running, you may find that it is extremely easy to fall asleep with it right next to you.

Another factor in sound is the surface which the purifier is setting on. Hardwood and other more solid surfaces will be louder than a carpeted area. The carpet helps absorb the sound and soften it. This is something to consider when deciding where the purifier will sit on a continuous basis based on the amount of noise you wish to have taking into account your personal preferrences for settings.

In terms of cleaning air, the HealthPro Plus out performs all other air purification systems of similar build and capacity. In fact, in tests ran by consumers in real world situations, HealthPro Plus made dramatic improvements to the air quality. Allergies all but disappeared in under twenty four hours of plugging the unit in. It was noticed that the allergies returned upon leaving the home and entering the outside environment.

The delivery of the health benefits far outweigh the initial cost of the unit as consumers will save that much and more with the absence of allergy medications, tissues,and over the counter relief of the problems allergens and irritants cause. And, because the filters only require changing every six to nine months to continue the benefits, the upkeep of the HealthPro Plus isn’t hard on the pocketbook either.

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, the HealthPro Plus can make your life easier with cleaner air that is less irritating to breathe. At least at home, you may experience the absence of your symptoms if they are caused by the amount of irritants or pollution in the air that surrounds you. You can purchase your IQAir HealthPro Plus from EZVacuum.

HEPA Filters Explained

Everyone hears about the benefits of having a HEPA filter for their vacuum, but not everyone knows what a HEPA filter does or even what it is. While we all want to do what’s best for our families and ourselves in terms of health, many will not invest in something that they don’t understand. And, yes, a HEPA filter is an investment. Using one can greatly reduce the number of allergens in your air simply by removing more particles and smaller particles than can be picked up by a vacuum not equipped with HEPA filters.

First, let’s discover what HEPA is. HEPA is an acronym standing for “high efficiency particulate air”. That’s a mouthful and the reason the filter became known as a much smaller word. For the sake of simplicity, as I enjoy the simple things, a HEPA filter is a filter capable of trapping and eliminating much smaller particles from the air in your home that other vacuum cleaner filters would simply redistribute throughout the air. These particles are invisible to the naked eye and can’t be seen without the aid of a microscope. Therefore, those who don’t use a HEPA filter can’t be told on by the “look” of these particles in their home. It is only in air quality that the HEPA filter can be compared. Less particles in the air equate to less possible irritants for allergy sufferers.

Now, not all filters touted to be HEPA filters are truly HEPA filters. To be sure of the type of filter you are purchasing, there are a few things you need to know to look for when purchasing. True HEPA filters are tested and must meet strict guidelines to be called HEPA at all. HEPA filters must trap at least 99.97% of particles in the air measuring .3 microns or larger. The size of a micron can’t be seen without help, so this is done scientifically.

When HEPA filters pass the test, they are assigned a serial number. In addition, the test results are printed directly onto the filter to assist the consumer in making a decision. The cost of this performance is higher than what is termed “HEPA type filters”. Only true or absolute HEPA filters are given serial numbers and test results.

HEPA type filters are similar to true HEPA filters, but there are some major differences. While their cost is lower, they only have to capture 85% of particles. In addition, the size of the particles captured only has to be 1 micron, which is much larger than what a true HEPA filter must capture.

Basically, the real decision comes down to the consumer. If you are an allergy sufferer or just want the cleanest air possible, then a true HEPA filter may be what is best. If your pocketbook is a little on the light side, then a HEPA type filter may suit your needs best. But, before you purchase, make sure to double check the test results and ensure you are purchasing the right type of filters. All true HEPA filters must meet the .3 micron particles at 99.97%. If it doesn’t then what you are purchasing is a HEPA type filter.

HEPA type filters are still better than the conventional bag, but be aware of what you are getting for your money before you spend. Making clear and informed decisions will always yield a higher rate of satisfaction and that is what every consumer is after with every purchase.

You can find quality HEPA filters at EZvacuum to make  your cleaning experience even better.