Your lungs need clean and unpolluted air in order to perform properly and keep you healthy. Clean air means you’ll reduce your chances of having to spend time with a respiratory therapist.
You deserve clean air. Be kind to yourself and your family. Here are two good reasons to call in qualified specialists to perform a thorough duct cleaning for your heating and cooling system.
1. Improve Indoor Air Quality
Your heating and cooling systems continuously work to filter and provide you with a clean air supply. In this process, dust, dander, pollen, and even chemicals are suctioned into and through the ducts. As time passes, stray particles cling to and build up inside the duct walls.
Airborne pet fur is a good candidate for getting wedged in the vents. Once it is immobile, it builds up fungus and other germ particles. It’s an open invitation to mold growth. Dust from indoor building projects can remain in the air for years; in addition, living and dead insects can be found in air ducts.
A small amount of the contaminates are recirculated through your home five to seven times a day. You may not be aware of contamination problems in the system, but their presence can cause concerns in family members with lowered immune systems such as:
- respiratory congestion
- autoimmune complications
- environmental allergies
Continued exposure to unresolved polluted air matters have the potential to progress into serious health problems. Obstructive lung disease can be avoided with immediate action. The time to schedule a duct cleaning is before you notice health issues.
Call in a certified HVAC professional like Clean Air Solutions to ensure that your ducts are cleaned properly. It takes only a few hours, and the ducts need to be replaced only if they are damaged. Your health matters.
2. Save Energy
Eco-friendly homeowners want to save energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of heating and cooling costs are wasted. That’s a lot of money down the pipes. Filters get dirty and require constant upgrades.
Regular duct cleaning means your system doesn’t have to work as hard. Less energy consumed equals more cash in your pocket.
Get a Free Quote Today
Contact Clean Air Solutions today to get a free quote on having your ducts cleaned. Regular duct cleaning benefits the health and well-being of your whole family, including your pets. Let us help ensure your healthy, cough-free future.
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Indoor Air Quality and Your Health
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015
If you’re like millions of others, you probably don’t drink your tap water. But how much attention do you pay to your indoor air quality (IAQ)? The U.S. EPA reports that the IAQ in many homes ranks among the five most serious environmental hazards people face, likely far worse than anything found in the public water supply.
What’s in the Air?
The most common sources of indoor air pollution include dust mite waste, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold spores, smoke, and pet dander. All of these are also the most common allergy and asthma triggers.
VOCs and mold can have mild to serious effects on your health. VOCs come from many common household cleaning products, paint, new flooring and furniture, anything perfumed, and as fumes from appliances that use gas or propane.
Besides the VOCs, improperly adjusted gas appliances can emit deadly carbon monoxide (CO) into your home’s air.
What You Can Do
The first step to improving your indoor air quality is to have it tested. Specialists like Clean Air Solutions place monitors inside your home, and over the course of a few days, these instruments measure the chemicals and particulates in the air. It’s a safe and accurate way to determine what irritants and harmful pollutants could be in your air.
Why It’s So Important
Most people spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors and breathe an average of 20,000 times a day. While your body can filter some of the airborne particulates before you inhale them into your lungs, it has no defense against CO, VOCs, and the smallest particles of dust, dust mite waste, and mold spores. Over time, all the chemical and particulate pollutants build up in your body and have the potential to trigger serious health problems, including cancer, neurological damage, and organ failure.
Solutions for Indoor Air Pollution
Once you know what’s in the air, you can take steps to improve it. Improving ventilation, deep-cleaning mattresses, upholstered furniture, and carpets, and eliminating the sources of pollutants and VOCs will improve the indoor air quality in your home.
While a tighter home improves energy efficiency and keeps cooling and heating costs lower, it does build indoor pollutants and may need controlled ventilation for better IAQ. Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are the most efficient way of improving ventilation year-round.
These devices remove stale indoor air and replace it with an equal amount of fresh air and, because of the way they run, also keep heating and cooling bills lower.
Some aspects of deep cleaning are easily completed, like laundering washable rugs and window coverings, while others may require specialists who can tackle carpets, furniture, and even bed mattresses. Depending on their age, mattresses can contain 2 million dust mites, kilograms of sweat, skin oil, and fungal spores. Getting and keeping them clean will reduce the population of these indoor air pollutants.
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to cut down on the amount of VOCs in your home’s air. Avoid air fresheners, perfumed soaps, dryer sheets, and cleaning products. Opt instead for natural cleaners, like vinegar, baking soda, and salt. When choosing home improvement products, look for a clean air label or one that states it’s low in VOCs. Select a dry cleaner that uses environmentally safe cleaning methods.
If you’d like more information about learning what’s in your air and improving indoor air quality, contact Clean Air Solutions to schedule testing today.
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