Indoor Environment Quality is linked to your health

 

Dubai, UAE, 12 August 2013 – During summer UAE residents find themselves complaining about various illnesses prone to the hotter months like severe headaches, lethargy and sinusitis. The go to diagnosis is the increased usage of the air conditioning which in reality only forms part of the hidden truth. The problem lies within the Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), a serious problem which can be detrimental to a person’s health.

People spend 80 percent of their time indoors whether during summer or winter. Furthermore, the Middle East provides the perfect breeding conditions for many impurities due to the extreme temperatures and humidity, poor indoor air quality due to the continuous use of air conditioning, double glazed windows that prevent direct UV sun light penetration (the first known natural disinfectant) and frequent sand storms and surrounding construction dust.

 

To put this into perspective, a person is repeatedly exposed to indoor air pollutants as the Indoor Air is two to five times more polluted than the Outdoor Air. These pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day.

 

“The lifestyle in the UAE is typical for allergies, sinusitis, hay fever as well as asthma and there are now well-defined areas where dust mites and dander are each the strongest contributors to asthma risk. Indoor allergens, such as dust mites, are also more important in the pathogenesis of allergic airway disease than others,” said Dr. Johannes. C. van Wyk, General Practitioner, Medi Clinic.

 

One of the biggest breeding places for impurities and micro-organisms is the mattress. A person spends one third of his or her life sleeping which provides a lot of exposure to dust mites, bed bugs, mold and fungi. The most concerning fact is that at any given time there are 2 million dust mites living in a mattress and they reproduce by feeding on a human’s dead skin flakes and sweat that seeps through the mattress while sleeping at night.

 

“By minimizing upholstery and fabric reservoirs in the environment of the dust mite allergic person and using a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particular air (HEPA) filter in the areas where the person spends most of his or her time, like the bedroom, lower allergen levels and a clinical improvement will be noticed. It’s also important to minimize the use of chemical cleaning products as this also effects the air quality that is inhaled,” added Dr. Johannes.

 

 

Home-grown company, The Healthy Home, specializes and is the only company in the Middle East that can sanitize a mattress. The company uses an innovative, dry and chemical-free deep-cleaning treatment that eliminates dead or alive dust mites, bed bugs, bacteria, mold and fungi and their fragments from any home environment to limit exposure to indoor allergen.

 

The Healthy Home uses an industrial-strength pulsating vacuum device that provides extreme vibration and suction to both sides of the mattress which has 11 times the suction power of your regular vacuum machine and also contains all fragments through the HEPA filter. remUVe®, the world’s only medical grade Ultra-Violet mattress sanitizing technology, is exclusively used by The Healthy Home. The device, which uses powerful Ultra Violet light to destroy DNA, eliminates any remaining dust mites, bacteria, mold and other pathogens, leaving the mattress completely sanitized and odor free.

 

It is recommended to deep clean and sanitize a mattress on a frequent basis or at least twice a year or every three months in case of any allergy sufferer in the household to prevent and alleviate associated symptoms and diseases. To book your free demo or to schedule an appointment with your trusted go-to-partner for your indoor deep cleaning and sanitizing call 800 SANITIZE (800 72648493) or visit www.thehealthyhome.me.


Facts

  • An average person spends ONE THIRD of his or her life in bed

  • Over 50% of all allergic asthmatics are sensitive to house dust mites - "Asthma Society of Canada"

  • 40% of UAE asthmatics are children - "World Health Organization"

  • One in eight adults in the UAE is asthmatic - "Emirates Respiratory Society"

  • Indoor air pollution can be up to 100 times worse than outdoor pollution - "US Environment Protection Agency (EPA)"

  • Dust mite excrement contains the chemical Guanine which is the second leading allergen source of all allergies and asthmas

  • Dust mites excrete twice their body weight per day

  • A gram (about a half teaspoon) of dust contains as many as 1,000 dust mites and 250,000 allergenic dust mite fecal pellets

  • If you often wake up with congestion, a runny nose, watery eyes, itching, or sneezing, then you are probably allergic to dust mites

  • Dust mite populations increase rapidly. Each egg-laying female can increase the population by 25 or 30 new mites per week

  • Dust mites "poop" about 20 times a day in the mattress

  • The weight of the average mattress doubles after ten years due to dust mite infestation, and the weight of the average pillow increases 10% each year

  • It is recommended that the mattress be sanitized at least twice a year, or every three months in case of any allergy sufferer in the household

  • Dust mite populations peak during hot and humid environment