American Standard conducts ‘dust bunny' survey
According to a survey from American Standard, 82 percent of Pittsburgh and Seattle residents battle the little furry menaces in their homes.
The company’s “Dust Bunny Barometer” also found that nearly 75 percent of homeowners admitted their houses had unwanted piles of dust, pet hair and other particles known as dust bunnies.
While Pittsburgh and Seattle residents had the most dust bunnies, Sacramento, Calif., reported the fewest, with 69 percent of residents admitting to having them in their homes. Results for all 20 cities can be found at www.americanstandardair.com/dustbunny .
The Dust Bunny Barometer was developed by American Standard to measure consumer perceptions of indoor air quality and their tolerance of dust bunnies. A total of 6,804 respondents who lived in single-family dwellings participated in the survey.
While dust bunnies live in most homes, only a small number of households are taking significant action against poor air quality, which can be aggravated by dust, particulates and allergens. The findings revealed 75 percent of respondents expressed concern about the air quality inside their homes, but only 11 percent feel they have their dust bunny population under control.
“The Dust Bunny Barometer tells us that homeowners know they have dust bunnies and they’re concerned about the air in their homes,” said Joyce Warrington, national brand director for American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning. “Families want solutions to get rid of dust bunnies once and for all so that they can breathe easier in their own homes.”
More than half of the total surveyed residents say someone in their home suffers from an allergy-inducing ailment and three out of four households own a pet - both scenarios underscoring the importance of air quality. Despite citing high numbers of particulates and allergens, only one out of four households currently use an air purifier or humidifier and only 58 percent reported changing their air filters in the past six months when it’s recommended most air filters should be replaced monthly.