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How to Keep Your Home Dust-Free

Introducing the problem of dust

The indoor air quality in your home is important if you want to avoid respiratory problems, allergies, and other issues. Dust can also pose a health risk if it is not properly cleaned out.

The problem of dust in homes is not new, but it has become more prevalent in recent years due to the rise of electronic devices, outdoor air pollution and increased vehicle traffic. The use of modern gadgets has led to higher levels of dust accumulation because air-conditioning systems often circulate air through ducts that are filled with dust particles.

The introduction explains the problem with dust and introduces that there are many solutions whether it be cleaning or just dealing with the issue.

What is dust?

Dust is a mixture of small particles or fragments of materials that are in suspension in air (the opposite, dusts, are powders). Dust falls into two categories: airborne dust and soil or ground-borne dust.

If you have ever been in a dusty room, you may have noticed that the airborne dust settles on your skin, hair and clothes.

It’s normal to have some dirt on your skin when you touch something dirty. But if your dirty hands touch a dry surface they can create a film of grime that is hard to remove.

Dust is often overlooked, but it has a huge effect on our health. Dust particles are so small that they enter the lungs and can cause serious problems with breathing.

Dust particles are known to cause many respiratory diseases, asthma, bronchitis, and any other condition related to breathing.

How You Can Reduce Dust in Your House

Every home produces dust. The amount of dust in your home is determined by how often you change your filter, how often you sweep, and the number of pets that are allowed in the house.

By keeping your windows closed, by sweeping the floor every day and by using a HEPA air purifier and HEPA vacuum cleaner, you can reduce the amount of dust in your house.

Dust particles are small enough to enter our lungs and cause serious health problems. They may also cause allergy symptoms like sneezing or itching.

If you do not want to use an air purifier then it is important that you keep shoes outside of your home for easier access when necessary.

How to Identify the Different Types of Dust in Your Home

Different types of dust particles in the home

Dust particles are everywhere. Dust is one of the most common allergens in the home. What many people don’t know is that there are different types of dust. For instance, diesel dust, mould spores, and soot are all very different from each other.

Some are too microscopic to be seen with the naked eye while others are large enough to be seen by a microscope. What’s more is that they each have different properties when it comes to allergies and lung diseases. Allergies can lead to asthma or even COPD if you inhale them on a regular basis without realizing it.

How to Care for Your Home and Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Allergens

We all have been surrounded by allergens from day one in our lives. This is not only because of the things we come in contact with on a daily basis, but also because of the pollution in the air that we breathe. This has not only led to allergies but also other health problems like asthma or COPD.

The best way to care for your home and protect yourself is by having a deep cleaning done every month with regular cleaning each week. Using a HEPA vacuum cleaner can remove dust mites, animal dander, and other allergens from your home without recirculating the dust in the air.

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Free from Dust

Dust is a form of dirt that can accumulate from everyday life. The best way to keep your house free from dust is by vacuuming and cleaning up regularly. To prevent the formation of dirt, there are five ways you can use: sealing, wiping, sweeping, washing and coating.

1) Seal your home’s gaps and cracks that allows passive air flow from the outdoors. Windows, doors, floorboards, architrave, skirting boards and wall cracks can all contribute to dust entering into the home. .

2) Wipe down surfaces with a damp microfibre cloth to remove any debris or dust before it accumulates on them. Then wipe it dry with a dry tea towel or another micro-fibre cloth.

3) Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner with a power-head upholstery brush to remove dust from furniture and a powerhead brush head for floors. Use a micro-fibre mop to sweep behind furniture.

4) Seal the man-hole roof cavity entrance, as roof cavity dust is always elevated.

5) Take your shoes off before entering the home. Keep a door mat out the front to wipe excess dust and dirt from the shoes. Japanese homes have an entrance area that is a lower level than the rest of the home. This prevents dust from easily entering the home as it is a raised floor. A shoe cabinet is also located in this entrance area to store the shoes away quickly. This entrance area in a Japanese home is usually ground level to the outdoor area. Therefore, they regularly sweep the dust from this area to avoid dust accumulation. Something Australian homes lack.

Have Your HVAC System / Aircon System Cleaned Professionally

When it comes to cleaning your aircon system, it is advised to do so yearly. If you have a large house, this means that you need a professional to clean your air conditioner system in a timely manner. Hiring a professional will not only save you money but also ensure that your system is in good shape.

So when is the best time to get your air con cleaned?

Before the start of the peak heating season – This will prevent mould spores from growing and clogging up your vents before they can enter into your interior.

SanitAir are a HVAC cleaning company that can easily service your aircon system.

Practical Solutions for Keeping your House Clean Without Compromising on Comfort – This might be the best solution for you!

With the high level of pollution and the number of chemicals used in cleaning our homes, we often find ourselves struggling to keep our home clean.

Some practical solutions for keeping your house clean without compromising on comfort are as follows:

– Using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can help to rid your home of dust and other particles. A HEPA filter is used to trap minute particles that could otherwise cause problems with breathing.

– Using an InovaAir Air Purifier (with a HEPA filter and Activated Carbon Filter) will help to purify the indoor air. The InovaAir Air Purifier should operate 24×7. Therefore, ideal for living and sleeping areas. The Activated Carbon Filter removes volatile organic compounds which are gases and chemicals which can be toxic. The HEPA filter removes air particles such as dust and mould spores.

– Clean air is always better than dirty air and using plants to purify the air inside your house is an easy way to ensure that you have fresh air.

 

Best Brands of Chem-free and Non Toxic Household Products

When you think of brands that offer non toxic, chemical free cleaners, it’s easy to think of mainstream brands like Spray’n’Wipe. But there are much more eco-friendly alternative brands to consider. Eco-friendly cleaners are usually made with all-natural ingredients and no chemical byproducts. You should also avoid cleaning products with fragrances, as they typically have several toxic chemicals.

Some popular chemical-free and non-toxic cleaners are Dr Bronners, Abode products or KOH.

Why Do We Need a Cleaning Schedule?

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Dust mites are a type of microscopic arachnid that live in dust and on people’s skin. They feed on the dead skin cells left behind by human beings. Housework is a chore that can be repetitive and time consuming. It can also lead to a lot of stress, allergies, and diseases for those who have sensitive immune systems.

Due to the harmful effects of these organisms, it is important to keep your household dust-free and organized. The best way to do this is by following a cleaning schedule.

Deep Cleaning Schedule

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It is important to clean your furniture, carpets, and other materials on a monthly basis. The long and slow HEPA vacuum cleaner that can accommodate for 1 to 2 minutes per square meter should be used for this purpose.

Carpet vacuuming should take 1 to 2 minutes per square meter . For this purpose, you will need the right HEPA vacuum cleaner so you don’t recirculate dust.

HEPA vacuum your mattress during a bedding change, as this will remove dust mites, dust mite faeces, dead skin cells, hair and any other dust or debris found on the bed.

Use an upholstery powerhead brush on the HEPA vacuum cleaner and vacuum the furniture. Wash cushion covers.

HEPA vacuum your computer keyboard and mouse (but don’t use a powerhead brush). Use a damp microfibre cloth for wiping down computer monitors/screens. Then wipe dry with a tea towel. Use a special microfibre cloth designed for glass cleaning.

Exhaust fans, Kitchen rangehood, aircon supply vent and laundry fans should be HEPA vacuum and wiped with a damp microfibre cloth.

Weekly Light Cleaning Schedule

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Weekly light cleaning schedule is to be used in conjunction with a quick HEPA vacuum clean of the surface.

It is to be used in order to remove dust, debris and other allergens from bedding, carpets, upholstery and areas around the home where people frequently walk.

Annual Cleaning Schedule

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In order to keep your home clean and healthy, it is important to have a yearly cleaning schedule. These schedules should include everything from spring cleaning and removing clutter, tackling storage items where dust could accumulate, and replacing pillows once a year.

The list of tasks does not end there.

Organize a professional air-conditioner cleaner, like SanitAir, to come and clean your split-system air-conditioner. Ducted AC is a bit more specialised, and the ducts are usually harder to clean and more costly. However, this may need to be done every few years, depending on how often you use your ducted aircon. The easiest way to confirm is to get a building biologist to do air testing/mould testing when the aircon is on.

How Many Times Should I Clean My Home Per Day?

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The frequency of cleaning your home depends on your lifestyle and the number of people in your household.

The most important factor to consider is how many people live in your household and the amount of time they spend at home each day.

You should wipe down dirty surfaces as and when you see dirt. Use a damp microfibre cloth nearby for regular clean ups and replace it regularly as it can accumulate mould and bacteria within a few days.

Just have a large pile of fresh microfibre cloths you can change on a daily basis and wash them all at the end of the week.

A Happy Life Without Dust!

In conclusion, dust can be a major annoyance. It sticks to the furniture and makes the place dirty. If you have animals, it will contribute to it as well. In order to stay healthy and happy in your home, follow these steps to eliminate dust from your house:

1) Remove as much as possible from your life so that there is less to clean up

2) Have a HEPA vacuum cleaner nearby for quick clean ups

3) Have a damp microfibre cloth nearby for regular clean ups and replace it regularly.

4) Keep high traffic areas dust free by HEPA vacuuming as this will reduce the dust transfer to other rooms by occupant activity.

 

 

The Hidden Dangers Where Children Sleep

Hidden Dangers for Children – Part 1

Introduction: New Borns, Infants, Toddlers and Children

As a parent, your new born is the most important member of your family. You will do anything to protect and nuture your child through these turbulent times. You will protect and take precautions to ensure that they are not

A new born is a baby that has just been born.

As soon as your baby is with you, you put your life on hold and invest in your child 100%. You will do anything to protect and nurture them. You might be able to see the growth in their personality and intelligence when they start making sounds around four months old. By six months, they will start responding to your voice and by one year, they will understand more than you could even imagine.

New borns are not like adults in many ways; they can’t speak or walk yet, but they still have a lot of personality traits that make them unique and interesting just the way they are.

Why is sleep important for new borns, infants, toddlers and children?

When we put our children to sleep, we want the best for them. We all know that babies need to sleep to develop well, but if you ask your pediatrician what advice they may give you as a parent, they may tell you that it’s not just about sleep.

Many parents wonder why their baby has a hard time sleeping through the night and how they can make it easier on them. If you have a hard time getting your child to sleep through the night, there are a few things you should consider.

Is it a safe room to sleep in?

Are there any environmental hazards?

Are you using certain devices in the bedroom, which you shouldn’t?

Could there be a building issue that you are not aware of?

How much sleep does a child need?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has established developed a consensus recommendation for the amount of sleep a child needs at different ages. The amount is calculated by the sleep time minus the wake time.

A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that :

  • Infants need 12 to 16 hours sleep

  • 1 to 2 year olds need 11 to 14 hours sleep

  • 3 to 5 year olds need 10 to 13 hours sleep.

  • 6 or 7 year olds should be allowed 8 or 9 hours of sleep every night.

  • Teenagers 13-18 should sleep 8 to 10 hours a day

Sleep on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

Tips for Parents to Reduce the Risks Unsafe Sleeping Areas for Children

As a parent, you may have thought about putting your child to sleep in a safe spot. However, there are many risks that you should take into account before putting your child to bed.

  1. Make sure the bedding is clean and has a neutral smell. Fragrances from laundry detergent are chemicals, which can off-gas and create volatile organic compounds (VOC). These chemical gases may be toxic to your child.

  2. Change bedding weekly and use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to vacuum the mattress, bed and/or cot. Keep dust levels low. Dust mites will feed off dead skin cells. Dust mite faeces will also accumulate. Dust and dust mite faeces are known allergens.

  3. If your child is restless or moves around on the mattress, there may be an environmental hazard. Children intuitively will move away from an unsafe area. Unfortunately as new borns or toddlers, they may be restricted in their cot or bed. These hazards may be geopathic stresses, AC magnetic fields or even radiofrequency fields.

    • Geopathic stresses may be earth energies from fault lines that may cause sleep disturbances or teeth grinding for children sleeping in these zones.

    • Magnetic fields are possible carcinogens and electrical appliances such as fridges, meter box and washing machines may create magnetic field radiation, which may impact the sleeping area. It also increases the risk of childhood leukemia.

    • Radiofrequency fields are any wireless communication such as wireless baby monitors, wireless webcams, Wi-Fi routers, Wi-Fi extenders, Wireless security cameras, smart TVs and wireless speakers. These have been reported to cause restlessness in children, including sleep disturbances, anxiety, mood swings and in worst case scenarios, epileptic seizures.

Health effects of electromagnetic fields on children

Children are more vulnerable to health problems than adults because their neurological development is still underway and it’s hard for them to protect themselves from outside factors.

It’s interesting to see how the skull of an adult is approximately 2mm thick, but the skulls of children are thinner with about 0.5mm at 5 years old and 1 mm on 10 years older. RF radiation has a stronger affect on children compared to adults. RF wireless radiation is absorbed twice as much in children compared to adults..

Electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are invisible and omnipresent in our everyday lives. They can be found in phones, TVs, and Wi-Fi routers. But we don’t know the long-term effects of exposure to these invisible forces on our health.

There are many studies that have found an increased risk of headaches, sleep disruption, neurotransmitter release, and synaptic plasticity alterations in children with higher levels of EMF exposure.

Using phones before bedtime is never good for health. Children with higher phone use had less favourable sleep durations, more night sleep awakenings, and more parasomnia sleep disorder symptoms.

The nervous systems of children are more vulnerable to the effects of electromagnetic waves than adults for a number of reasons. They are exposed to increased amounts in the world around them. While some sources show that EMFs are possibly carcinogenic, they should be minimized.

The screens from digital devices also produces blue light spectrum of light, which has been found to suppress melatonin release at night. This impacts the body’s natural ability to sleep, often with sleep onset delay by several hours.

A quick way to check if your children slept well (for toddlers and above) is to ask if they had good dreams and what sort of dream was it? 

Best Bedtime Routine for Children

Keep your child safe from long-term exposure to strong EMFs in the home, school, or other places they spend most of their time. Kids are often left with devices like smartphones right against their head or body, which can lead to various health concerns. This means turning off or removing:

  • baby monitors

  • cordless phones

  • wi-fi routers / NBN routers

  • Wireless sound bars (Sonos)

  • Door bells (Ring)

  • Wireless security cameras (Arlo)

  • Garmin, FitBit, iWatch

  • keep electrical devices and appliances away from the sleeping area.

These are just some of the obvious sources, but there are many electrical devices that have Zigbee or other Internet-of-Things (IoT) modules that can transmit EMFs. Only a building biologist will be able to identify the EMF sources properly along with appropriate EMF solutions to mitigate the problem.

Limit screen time from digital devices or smart TV’s by turning it off 1-3 hours before they go to sleep.

Set a bedtime routine. Some of these helpful tips for making their child’s nights easier include: playing calming music at bedtime, having a regular for bedtime and waking up time, limiting and avoiding bright white lights in bedrooms and living areas. Use an amber or red coloured night light. A recommended red coloured night light is the BlockBlueLight.com.au Night Light (use 10% discount code: balanced).

Incandescent lights are generally best suited for children’s rooms. They are not as harsh as an LED light & don’t tire the eyes of your child so they can fall asleep more easily.

For Geopathic stresses, hire a Building Biologist to do a Geopathic stress assessment. The building biologist will also be able to do an EMF assessment of the home looking for RF wireless radiation and AC Magnetic Fields.

 

In conclusion, take the precautionary approach and limit your children’s exposure to EMFs and digital devices. Try it for a month. Monitor your child’s sleep during the month and keep a daily log. Monitor how they move around on their bed. Hiring a professional Building Biologist will give you confidence on identifying and remediating environmental hazards in the home. There are so many factors and devices that may contribute to poor sleep quality for children.

 

Dust Mites, Allergens, Dust, Humidity and Dead Skin Cells: The Most Common Infestation in Your Home

Introduction: What are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are a variety of small arachnids that live in dust and feed on dead skin cells. They can be found in carpets, bedding, furniture and other soft furnishings.

Dust mites feed on organic matter and because they contain around 75% water, they can keep their water balance by taking in more or less water when the humidity is over 50%. They are at risk of dryness when humidity falls below 65% and their survival & reproduction rates will decrease if the RH falls below 50%.

Dust mites are not visible to the naked eye, but they can cause allergies such as sneezing and rashes.

Although most dust mites live outside of the home many will find their way inside, either by travelling through air currents or on people’s shoes. Once indoors they will continue to multiply and spread out over household surfaces where they feed.

What are Allergens?

Allergens are substances that trigger an allergic response in the immune system.

Allergens are often found in the environment, in foods, or on skin. Allergic reactions usually cause symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, wheezing, coughing, runny nose, skin rashes and itching.

However even though these symptoms are common among people with allergies they can happen for other reasons too. It is important to see a doctor when you have these symptoms to find out what is causing them.

What is Dust and How Can it Be Dangerous to Your Health?

Dust is a term for fine particles or ultra fine particles. Dust can build up in your home if it is not cleaned regularly. There are many reasons why you may have too much dust in your home.

Dust can be dangerous to your health because it can lead to respiratory diseases, asthma, allergies and other diseases that may be caused by the bacteria that live in dust.

The Fine Particulate Matter from Dust includes:

-The dust’s surface area and the type of material it contains

-Gas emissions from furnaces, fireplaces and gas cook stoves burning natural gas or wood

-Smoke from cigarettes and wood burning stoves

From 5% to 15% of people who are highly sensitive to dust mites are also reported to be sensitive to crustaceans.

Doctors may diagnose dust mite allergies with a skin prick test or in vitro test for specific IgE.

How Does Humidity Affect the Dust Mite Growth In Your Home?

The problem is that once dust mite allergens are released they can remain in the area for up to two years.

Dust mites like humid environments, which is why you need to make sure you take steps to lower the level of humidity in your home. You can do this by using dehumidifiers or air conditioners during hot summer months, opening windows on hot days and running fans on cooler days.

 

What is Dead Skin Cells And Why It Matters In Your Home Environment?

Dead skin cells are one of the many reasons why it is important to have a clean home environment. Dust mites eat dead skin cells and drink water from a wet surface.

Dust mites are about the size of a pinhead and live in the bed sheets, bed pillows, rugs, curtains, and carpets in your house.

They feed by eating dead skin cells from human hands and faces.

Dust mites can cause allergies with symptoms such as runny eyes, asthma attacks, itchy throat or ears.

It is important to have a clean home environment because dust mites can potentially cause allergies which could lead to asthma attacks or runny eyes for people with this condition.

How to Safely Remove Dust Mites from Your Home?

Dust mite allergens are serious triggers for asthma and allergic reactions.

There are many ways to get rid of dust mites. Vacuuming carpets regularly is the best way to remove dust mites from your home. You can also use a damp cloth or vacuum cleaner attachment to clean upholstered furniture, curtains, pillows, and other surfaces in the house. If you still think that house dust mite allergens are bothering you, consider getting professional carpet cleaning service to make sure that all the dust mites in your carpet are gone.

Relative humidity in the home should be kept at 35%-50% to decrease the growth of dust mites. In a dry climate, it is important to remember this point. Buy and use a hygrometer to measure humidity in their home.

Make sure to clean high-traffic areas of your house regularly with a HEPA vacuum cleaner and wipe down surfaces with a microfibre cloth. You should also change bedding weekly and wash clothes before storing them. It’s important to wash your bedding at a high heat, at least 60 degree celsius.

Purchase an air purifier with a hospital-grade H13 HEPA filter and activated carbon filters. This will filter out dust and fine particles in the air, including mold spores, but also filters out chemical smells and volatile organic compounds (VOC).

Make sure that people with a history of allergies or asthma don’t sleep in a bunk bed. If they do, the person who is sensitive should sleep on top and both mattresses should be encased in an allergen-impermeable cover.

One way to decrease the number of mites in your carpets is by using tannic acid. However, this is only marginally effective at best.

Consider taking a multifaceted approach for dust mite avoidance. This would include repetitive & sequential interventions shown to decrease mite exposure, as described earlier.

If you are diagnosed as allergic to dust mites and also have asthma, your doctor may decide to provide you with subcutaneous immunotherapy.

Pesticides (such as acaricides) used to control mite populations may not always be the best option. They may not be as effective at reducing allergen levels, and there are also concerns about using chemicals in your home.

The Complete Guide to Indoor Air Quality and How it Affects Your Home

Fortunately, this guide is to help you understand how indoor air quality affects your home.

If you’re like the rest of us, your home is your sanctuary. The place where you can relax and try to forget about the hustle-and-bustle of life.

But did you know that, according to recent studies, 87% of households in the United States report experiencing at least one symptom of high indoor air pollution? That’s why it’s so important to take steps today to help improve the quality of your home environment for both you and those who live there with you. That’s why we’ve created this guide for you.

What is Indoor Air Quality?

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Indoor air quality is air quality in a building. Specifically, it is the pollutants in the air when it has been isolated from the outside world.

The quality of indoor air can vary significantly, depending on factors such as ventilation and contaminants. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) are common pollutants with high concentrations in areas like offices and homes where occupants use gas-powered devices. Formaldehyde (HCHO), which causes cancer and causes irritation to throat, nose and eyes; VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and mVOCs (molecular VOCs) which include chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, toluene or acetone are all common pollutants indoors.

House Dust Mites and Their Role in the Development of Asthma

Allergens are substances that cause allergies, and dust mites are one of them. Dust mite allergies can cause asthma, hives, rhinitis, and eczema, but these allergens can be easily eliminated with HEPA vacuum cleaners.

Dust mites are common allergens that live in our homes. They feed on the dead skin cells we shed every day and produce fecal particles (fecal pellets). These fecal pellets can sometimes trigger allergic reactions like asthma or hives. Some people may not be sensitive to the fecal pellets at all.

HEPA vacuum cleaners can eliminate dust mites by trapping dust before it gets circulated back into the air where it would then become airborne again. HEPA filters will block 99% of particles as small as 0.3.

How to Choose The Best Air Purifier

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There are many air purifiers on the market, but not all of them will suit your needs. To make sure to choose the right one for you, you need to look at the size of the room, your budget and your personal preference.

I recommend you consider three factors when choosing an air purifier: The size of the room it will be used in, whether or not it is hospital grade HEPA filter and how much money you are comfortable spending.

InovaAir’s Airclean E8 and E20 air purifiers are perfect for bedrooms and living areas. They have H13 HEPA filters and a solid 6kg activated carbon filter. They can purify a room of up to 100m2. Whole-house systems are also available.

Top 3 Tips to Improve Indoor Air

Here are some top 3 tips to improve indoor air quality, which experts recommend:

1. Open windows – every day for 15 minutes, experts recommend opening windows to let fresh air in and reduce the amount of chemicals that accumulate inside your home.

2. Air purifier – experts recommend using an air purifier to remove pollutants like mold, bacteria, and allergens from the air you breathe at home.

3. Dehumidifier to reduce relative humidity – experts recommend using a dehumidifier to reduce relative humidity because it can lead to respiratory problems like poor sleep quality and stuffy nose.

Conclusion

Good indoor air quality is important for human health. That’s why it should be a priority to care for our indoor spaces.

Some of the benefits of a healthy indoor space are:

– Better sleep,

– Less headaches and tiredness,

– Improved concentration,

– Reduced risk of catching a cold or flu.