The TV weatherman warns of ozone alerts, and we've all heard that global warming is melting polar ice, but did you know that your home's indoor air quality is a problem that should be making headlines?
The Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency report that a “growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” For children, this can be dangerous. According to Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes, “Relative to their body size, children breathe more air and take in more food than adults. So children can get higher ‘doses' of any harmful things that may be in air.”
Filtrete, the brand known for its electrostatic air-conditioning and heating system filters, has moved into the vacuum-bag business. A new line of bags, belts and filters is available nationally and can be purchased at Best Buy.
The EPA suggests using HEPA (high-efficiency particulate accumulator) products to improve indoor air quality. Filtrete's electrostatic vacuum filters claim to attract and capture allergy-aggravating microparticles, and it manufacturers both HEPA and non-HEPA products.
Filtrete vacuum bags range from $3.99 to $10.99; filters for both bag and bagless vacuums range from $6.49 to $26.99. Find a store locator or purchase online at www.bestbuy.com.
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