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Carpets are well worth cleaning: Effective ways to improve indoor air quality

While many of us may be aware of the factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality, not all of us always know when a major culprit is lying right under our feet.

"Carpets act as a filter that holds soil, dust mites, pollen, debris and other contaminants," according to The Republic. "A dirty carpet is the ideal place for bacteria and germs to multiply and grow...Vacuuming helps pull up a good amount of that stuff, but not all."

For this reason, the news source recommends getting carpets professionally cleaned once or twice a year, especially if you've got kids or pets.

An alternative is to get to the source of the problem. Installing a professional-grade air purifying system is by far the most effective means to remove over 99 percent of all particulate matter that would eventually get trapped between carpet fibers.

The top-rated, best-selling IQAir HealthPro Plus combines four advanced filtration technologies to deliver high-performance results. Its HyperHEPA filter stage is the most advanced filter of its kind and can capture particles ten times smaller than standard HEPA models.