Why You Should Care About Your Environment.
We talk about stopping Global Warming, the hole in the Ozone Layer and the reduction of the Rain Forests – we never look at the environment that we spend over 90% of our time in!
It’s strange but true, we spend a lot of time on ‘saving our planet’ which is good, however we tend to miss the fact that it is our Indoor environments (office / home environments) that have the greatest ‘personal’ effects upon us.
Look at the following environments:
Global: The Greenhouse effect, global warming, ozone loss and nuclear waste dumping. None or very little personal influence for us.
Regional: Acid rain, deforestation and polluted farmland and rivers, this still has very little personal influence.
Local: Traffic problems, air & noise pollution, odour pollution but less than 10% of our time is spent here.
The above are all very valid environmental problems we all need to be aware of, and do what we can to reduce.
But, consider the following:
Indoor environment: This, the fourth level of our environment, the indoor or built environment. It’s our home, work place, shops, pubs, restaurants etc… It’s the habitat in which we spend the vast majority of our time, in fact over 90 % of our time is spent indoors.
It’s the change in our Indoor environments over the past couple of decades that have caused more health concerns than any other time in the past 150 years!
We spend on average a third of our lives in our bedroom – just think about that… All the time you spend breathing in the same contaminated & stale air.
The House Dust Mite is the cause of the biggest source of respiratory allergies for young and old alike, but why is it only now that this problem is brought to our attention – not before?
This is due mainly to the 1970’s energy crisis. Ever since then buildings, both at home and at the office have continued to be designed to save energy. Most buildings today have central heating systems and double glazed windows to seal in the warmth, some even with central air conditioners.
The British Allergy Foundation described allergies & asthma as “One of the most significant health problems in the western world” and “The most common chronic childhood medical condition.”
So What Can We Do
There are four main things we can do to help:
- Ventilate all bedrooms – especially children’s bedrooms to reduce humidity and prevent Mites from breeding.
- Mechanical Removal – eradication of dead skin and mite faeces by vacuum cleaning with HEPA filtration machines.
- Periodic Professional Cleaning – to dispose of all the unwanted pollutants that are held in your soft furnishings.
- Dust mite protective treatments – such as PROmite. This will eliminate dust mite for about one year. Your friendly carpet cleaning company should be able to provide this service.
Your home furnishings, such as carpets and upholstery fabrics, are a major benefit to you. They act like filters and help reduce the amount of particles in the air. However if they are not professionally cleaned on a regular basis (every 6-24 months) they may become a potential source of allergies.
So first, look after your indoor environment, then you can take on the world!
By Kevin Goodwin, DIRECT CLEANERS LTD 020 8687 1711