May is “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.
If you suffer from allergies, you won’t need me to tell you that May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. What you may not know is that each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” We want to take this opportunity to educate ourselves, our families, and our friends about these diseases, things that we can do to help, and make you a very special offer.
Asthma & Allergy Awareness
While most of us may understand allergies are – “diseases” that cause our immune system’s to react in an exaggerated way to contact with certain foreign substances termed allergens. How many of us really know what we can do to best to treat them and minimize the symptoms?
According to the AAFA, allergies can be managed. After first consulting a physician, they suggest developing, “A plan that includes medical treatment and control of environmental triggers.” This becomes a really important consideration for us because many of these environmental triggers reside in our homes! Moreover, Baltimore ranks 46th in AAFA’s list of the “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” this year. We who live with allergies or who live with family or friends who suffer with allergies know all too well how seriously allergy symptoms impact our quality life and that of our loved ones… Especially when it comes to our children.
According to Dr. Don Shifrin with the American Association of Pediatrics, 1 in 6 children suffer from indoor allergies. In fact, allergies (and asthma) are the most common chronic childhood diseases. For these kids, whose “ immune systems overreact to substances that don’t have an effect on most people,” allergy symptoms can range from nuisance to life-threatening. In “A Minute for Kids,” Dr. Shifrin suggests that symptoms range from runny noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes to skin rashes, difficulty breathing, and a feeling of a permanent cold. What’s more concerning to parents of children with allergies is that allergens can trigger asthma. He suggests that dust, mold, and animal dander are among the most common indoor allergens. Among his tips for protecting allergic children (and we could add adults) from indoor allergens, Dr. Shifrin recommends consulting your doctor but then working to addressing the causes by doing things like changing filters for heating and cooling systems at least once a month, keeping pets (whose dander can trigger allergic reactions) out of bedrooms, and vacuuming dust regularly. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, it is crucial for family members of the nearly five million American children affected by asthma to learn how to, “Identify and avoid asthma and allergen triggers; recognize and present asthma attacks, understand medications, and help manage symptoms.” Clearly there is great hope for those of us suffering with allergy symptoms and asthma. The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee offers encouragement that people who have allergies can live healthy and active lives… But how can we help?
We can give you Flooring Installation That’s Better for Your Health and Home
Our Healthier Living™ Installation System (HLI) is the most revolutionary innovation in flooring installation technology and standards in more than a half century. It represents a change in installation technology and standards that provide for a healthier flooring installation that ensures a superior level of care and health benefits, cleaner, healthier installation practices designed to minimize irritants, dust and odors and to encourage better air quality and higher ecological standards.
An Industry-First Flooring Installation System Promotes Better Indoor Air Quality By Minimizing Mold, Mildew, Dust & Irritants.
HLI offers you the most radical flooring installation innovation in 60 years: it actually enhances the fundamental process, procedures and principles of flooring installation in order to address our clients growing demand for cleaner, healthier indoor air in response to the rising tide of concern about indoor pollutants and allergies. HLI utilizes the most advanced technology to clean the air of dust, odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can trigger allergic reactions during and after home-renovation projects. We’ve designed this system to dramatically reduce your exposure to irritants that can provoke serious allergy and allergy-like symptoms. Our HLI System provides the highest quality and performance flooring installation available and offers a superior level of care; cleaner, healthier installation practices to help minimize irritants, dust and odors and to encourage better air quality and health benefits. Plus, our 100% recyclable Healthier Living™ Carpet Cushion allows the planet can breathe a little easier as well. And… During the entire month of May we will give you free HLI, in honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!
Healthier Living™ Installation System
Healthier Living™ Installation (HLI) represents an entirely new approach to flooring installation that provides a cleaner and healthier installation. The HLI System applies a 3-pronged approach to improving the conventional flooring installation. First HLI protects your home’s indoor air quality by implementing our dust-reducing and dust minimizing HomeGuard Care System™ , a combination of active and passive measures designed to minimize dust and dirt exposure. Next, prior to installation our expert craftsmen installer applies our HealthinEx antimicrobial treatment directly to the sub-floor. This kills existing bacteria and viruses that may be present and become airborne during the installation, thereby maintaining your home’s air and surface quality. Then with carpet installation, the last (but not the least) component of the HLI System is the use of our premium antimicrobial cushion which provides continued protection from indoor air pathogens and enhanced comfort under foot. These three major initiatives contribute to a better, healthier, more responsible installation.
HealthinEx™ is an exclusive antimicrobial agent used to treat the subfloor prior to flooring installation. It disinfects, protects and diminishes mold, mildew and bacteria. Healthinex™ also traps microorganisms on the surface so they cannot become airborne, and so it also provides a lasting, clean surface that resists mold growth. Healthinex™ Pre-Installation treatment is registered with the EPA and has proven safe and effective in over 30 years of use in other industries like the furniture, medical, marine, and construction. This treatment contributes to making flooring installation healthier when applied to the sub-floor to kill any remaining bacteria, germs or mold after old flooring removal and vacuuming and prior to installation of the new floor covering. This treatment also prohibits microbes from becoming airborne during the installation and provides a cleaner start for the new installation.
- Destroys harmful bacteria, germs, viruses, and molds on the sub-floor
- Prohibits microorganisms on the surface from becoming airborne during the installation
- Helps to diminish, but will not eliminate pet odors
- Preserves the home’s indoor air quality for the duration of the installation
When used as directed, is proven safe for use in all residential areas of the home
Throughout the installation, our HomeGuard Care System™ ensures that dust and particulates are contained to and removed from the work area. We will use a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum that will not release dust back into the home before and after we install your new flooring. The HomeGuard Care System features HEPA vacuuming of the sub-floor prior to us installing your new flooring and your new flooring after installation because this process minimizes the dust and particulate matter in that can trigger allergy, asthma, and other symptoms and generally keeps the indoor air cleaner than a standard vacuum. HEPA vacuums trap large amounts of microscopic particles that other vacuum cleaners re-circulate back into the air of the home, resulting in cleaner indoor air. HEPA vacuums stop 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger from becoming airborne. A conventional vacuum cleaner removes particulates down to about 35 microns or larger in size.
The HomeGuard Care System also provides for the use of surface protection shoe covers that are used over shoes to prevent dirt and grit from being brought inside inadvertently. In addition, the HomeGuard Care System utilizes a dust containment barrier during flooring removal and installation when the work environment allows for the practical and safe use of a barrier. A simple barrier consisting of poly sheeting is taped over doors and other openings in the room and can “contain” the work area dust and debris throughout the duration of the installation.
Finally, for carpet installations, we use a premium antimicrobial carpet cushion that blocks spills from seeping through and inhibits growth of mold, mildew and odor causing bacteria. The premium Healthier Living™ antimicrobial cushion provides continued protection from mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria, as well as provides enhanced comfort underfoot. The exclusive Spill Block technology repels liquid and prevents spills from soaking through the pad and the antimicrobial treatment controls mold and odors. The cushion is formulated to reduce the presence of allergens and eliminate problems resulting from moisture. It is also 100% recyclable, so even satisfies our environmental conscience. In addition, Healthier Living™ premium cushions feature a Forever Warranty, which guarantees the cushion will never lose resiliency during the life of the home, or George’s Carpet One Floor & Home will replace the cushion and the carpet-no questions asked. Furthermore, when you use the HLI cushion we double your new carpet’s wear and texture retention warranties.
By minimizing dust and odors, the cleaner, healthier practices of the Healthier Living™ Installation promote better home air quality, especially for families in which allergies and dust sensitivities present a concern. The system also ensures that the subfloor under the carpet is sanitized. During the Healthier Living™ Installation, extra precautions keep dust, bacteria and particles from becoming airborne and moving throughout the home when old flooring is removed, and new is installed. Coupled with these high-tech steps to remove and prevent mold, mildew and bacteria growth under the carpet, this system is one-of-a-kind!
And, we also offer an complete array of flooring solutions to help diminish allergens and improve indoor air quality.
And remember, to make it even easier for you to use our HLI service, in honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we will give you HLI FREE for the rest of May!
And,, let’s not forget about our guarantees: As always…
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George’s Carpet One Floor & Home