Do you happen to know or realize what’s growing and living right beneath your feet in your home? In this blog post we thought we’d share 10 of the rather shocking allergy statistics, where these allergens come from, and how you can get rid of them.
How Common Allergies Are in The U.S.?
- Approximately 40 million Americans have seasonal indoor or outdoor allergies. These allergy sensitivities have doubled since the 1970’s.
- 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergies. This means allergies are the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S.
- We spend 90% of our lives indoors! And the indoors can be 2-100x more polluted than the outdoors.
- On average, Americans pay $11 billion annually for allergy medications and $1.3 billion for allergy-related doctor visits.
Where Do Allergens Come From?
Bacteria. The average homeowner’s carpet harbors about 200,000 bacteria on every square inch- about 4,000 times as much as their toilet seat!
Mold. About 70% of homes have mold behind walls. 93% of chronic sinus infections are attributed to mold.
Pet Dander. Over half of all homes in the U.S. have a cat or dog, and about 5-10% of Americans are allergic to pet dander.
Dust Mites. About 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy, and 2,000 dust mites can live on one ounce of carpet dust!
Pollen. About 1 in 7 people suffer from pollen allergies. Pollen is carried from the outdoors and into your home in a variety of ways including clothes, hair, ventilation, pets and wind.
Dirt. Even carpet that looks clean can hold as much as a pound of dirt in a single square yard.
How Can Keep Allergens Out of My Home?
- Have your carpet and furniture professionally cleaned every 3-4 months.
- Regularly replace filters and heating and air conditioning units.
- Use doormats and area rugs in high-traffic areas and entryways.
- Vacuum weekly to keep carpet and area rugs clean.
- Wash bedding regularly. Consider replacing padded covers that are difficult to clean with an allergy resistant, easy-to-clean alternative.
- Bathe pets regularly.
- Control temperature levels in your home. Relative humidity should be below 50% and the thermostat should be at or around 70 degrees F.
- Keep windows closed to prevent outdoor allergens from coming in.
How Can John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County Help?
A recent Home Healthy Study conducted by an independent laboratory shows 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 from the home.
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