The Small Investment That Pays Big Dividends
“Men will spend their health getting wealth; then gladly pay all they have earned to get health back” ─ Mike Murdock, God’s Little Instruction Book for Men
Since Mr. Murdock’s observation is often true, it may be time to reexamine our “investment” strategy, starting with a few questions:
- Why is it we “invest” heavily equipping our offices and yet buy the least expensive product for creating a clean and healthy environment in our home or workplace?
- Why do we freely allocate money for the latest software, office tools or furnishings, but skimp on ways to clean our indoor environment by buying a cheap vacuum or steam machine, or hiring a low-bid cleaning firm that dumps harmful cleaning chemicals into our living or working space?
- Why do we only seem to care about the outward appearance of our indoor environment when “cleaned”?
In many cases, the answer is: we do not know we are making a bad investment.
Anatomy of a Bad Investment
A bad investment is defined as one in which you do not make a profit, or incur loss.
If cleaning’s “profit” is to protect health in addition to creating a tidy appearance, then cheap tools or methods that leave the indoor space polluted (the opposite of healthy cleaning) are a bad investment.
What is the loss from making such a poor investment?
According to the study, “How IEQ Affects Health, Productivity” published in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Journal, improving the indoor environment can reduce:
- Respiratory illness (preventing 16 million to 37 million cases of the common cold or influenza) saving the U.S. $6 to $ 14 billion per year.
- Allergies and asthma (netting 8% to 25% fewer symptoms for 53 million allergy sufferers and 16 million asthmatics) and saving $1 to $4 billion annually.
While the study addressed gains from overall indoor environmental quality (IEQ), proper or healthy cleaning to remove unhealthy elements plays a big role.
How do you know when you’ve made a poor investment? Some questions to ask are:
- Are cleaning chemicals in our indoor space having a negative effect on health (the answer is all-too-often “yes”)?
- Are these chemical cleaners and disinfectants effective in killing bacteria (the answer in general is “no” since EPA-recommended label directions are rarely followed)?
Making a Blue-Chip Investment
Since by reasonable definition, “Health is Wealth”, investing in methods to produce healthy cleaning results will pay major dividends.
Questions to ask:
- Could a steam vapor system help keep the facility healthier (say “yes”)?
- What related tools are available that are effective in keeping the facility clean and creating a healthier environment [link to AVT tools page - https://www.advap.com/res_accessories]?
In “investor speak”, Advanced Vapor Technologies’ healthy cleaning “prospectus” states that investing in the TANCS® MondoVap® or Ladybug® dry (6% moisture) steam vapor system for cleaning and disinfecting can produce the following returns:
- Zero added chemicals, as it is a tap-water-only process using moist heat as the functional agent, with plenty of independent research [insert URL - https://www.advap.com/reports/] proving claims for killing germs in seconds not minutes.
- Zero buying of costly chemicals or refills (tap water is free, provided you pay your utility bill).
- Zero fragrance or chemical concerns related to introducing hormone disrupting or other harmful chemicals to the indoor environment.
At the very least, we should consider investing as much time and money in maintaining our health, as we invest in time and money for products that simply enable us to function in routine business-task completion.
To do so could mean we wouldn’t have to spend a fortune to regain our health later (if that is even possible).
Investing in healthy cleaning by using TANCS is like buying a blue-chip stock ─ and you can take those health dividends to the bank.