Vacuum cleaner emissions as a source of indoor exposure to airborne particles and bacteria

Knibbs, Luke D., He, Congrong, Duchaine, Caroline and Morawska, Lidia (2012) Vacuum cleaner emissions as a source of indoor exposure to airborne particles and bacteria. Environmental Science and Technology, 46 1: 534-542. doi:10.1021/es202946w

Author Knibbs, Luke D.
He, Congrong
Duchaine, Caroline
Morawska, Lidia
Title Vacuum cleaner emissions as a source of indoor exposure to airborne particles and bacteria
Journal name Environmental Science and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-936X
Publication date 2012-01-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/es202946w
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 534
End page 542
Total pages 9
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Vacuuming can be a source of indoor exposure to biological and nonbiological aerosols, although there are few data that describe the magnitude of emissions from the vacuum cleaner itself. We therefore sought to quantify emission rates of particles and bacteria from a large group of vacuum cleaners and investigate their potential determinants, including temperature, dust bags, exhaust filters, price, and age. Emissions of particles between 0.009 and 20 μm and bacteria were measured from 21 vacuums. Ultrafine (<100 nm) particle emission rates ranged from 4.0 × 106 to 1.1 × 1011 particles min–1. Emission of 0.54–20 μm particles ranged from 4.0 × 104 to 1.2 × 109 particles min–1. PM2.5 emissions were between 2.4 × 10–1 and 5.4 × 103 μg min–1. Bacteria emissions ranged from 0 to 7.4 × 105 bacteria min–1 and were poorly correlated with dust bag bacteria content and particle emissions. Large variability in emission of all parameters was observed across the 21 vacuums, which was largely not attributable to the range of determinant factors we assessed. Vacuum cleaner emissions contribute to indoor exposure to nonbiological and biological aerosols when vacuuming, and this may vary markedly depending on the vacuum used.
Keyword Fine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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