Have you stopped to consider what is underneath your feet in your home? We are breaking down 10 facts about allergies: where they come from and how to conquer them.
The Prevalence of Allergies in The U.S.
1 in 5 Americans deal with allergies. Surprisingly, this means that allergies are the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S.!
On average, Americans pay $11 billion every year for allergy medications and $1.3 billion for allergy-related trips to the doctor.
The majority of our lives (90%) is spent indoors. And despite what some say, the indoors can be anywhere from 2 to 100 times MORE polluted than outside!
About 40 million Americans have seasonal indoor or outdoor allergies. And this number is growing. Compared to the 1970 statistic, these seasonal-allergy victims have doubled!
So Where Do They Come From?
Pet Dander. The majority of US homes have a cat or dog, and about 5-10% of Americans are allergic to pet dander.
Dust Mites. Dust can be practically anywhere, and approximately 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy. These mites are so small, 2,000 can live on one ounce of carpet dust!
Bacteria. Get this: the average square inch of carpet has about 200,000 bacteria living on it. That is nearly 4,000 times more than a square inch of toilet seat!
Pollen. About 1 in 7 people suffer from pollen allergies. Pollen is transported from the outdoors to the inside of your home by the wind, pets, clothes, hair, ventilation, and other methods.
Mold. You don’t see it, but about 70% of homes have mold behind the walls. 93% of chronic sinus infections are due to mold.
Dirt. Even carpet that looks clean can hold as much as a pound of dirt in a single square yard.
How To Protect Your Home From Allergens
Use doormats and area rugs in high-traffic areas and entryways.
Vacuum every week to keep carpet and area rugs clean.
Have your carpet and furniture professionally cleaned every 3-4 months.
Wash bedding regularly. Consider switching out padded covers that are difficult to clean for an allergy resistant, easy-to-clean alternative.
Bathe your pets often.
Regularly replace filters and heating and air conditioning units.
Control temperature levels in your home. Relative humidity should be below 50% and the thermostat should be at or around 70 degrees F.
Close windows to prevent outdoor allergens from entering.
How Chem-Dry Can Help
A recent Home Healthy Study conducted by an independent laboratory reveals that Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process removes 98% of common allergens from carpet and upholstery (including dog and cat dander and dust mites) and 89% of airborne bacteria.
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