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From Mari DeSchriver: Vacuuming and Indoor Air

Vacuuming is a common household chore that can have both positive and negative effects on your indoor air quality, especially regarding dust.

Vacuuming is very important because it cleans up irritating particles, like dust, off absorbing surfaces such as rugs, carpet, or furniture fabrics. Keeping dust buildup at its most minimal is essential for keeping your indoor air clean.

However, vacuuming can also have negative effects. According to an article from Science Direct, particulate matter (PM) was emitted from the vacuums motor and elemental carbon was found to increase when the vacuum was bagged, wet, or otherwise not functioning properly. Their study’s findings speak to the importance of having a properly sealed and well-functioning vacuum. Another article by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI) stated that allergy symptoms can actually worsen as a result of vacuuming, as they found the cleaning process can stir up dust particles.

Both articles recommend equipping vacuums with a HEPA filter, and ACAAI’s writing encourages people with dust allergies to have a media filter with a MERV rating of 11 or 12 to most efficiently remove airborne dust. GeneralAire® offers MERV 11 and 13 filter media air cleaners (MAC), as well as HEPA air cleaners.  GeneralAire® air cleaners remove airborne particulates throughout your entire home, so that when you vacuum there is less dust to be disturbed. Whether you have allergies or not, breathing clean, healthy indoor air is important for everyone.  GeneralAire® air cleaners help you breathe healthier® indoors.

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