Every day 60% of Americans are exposed to pet dander and 80% are exposed to dust mites. Poor air quality can cause health problems, particularly for people with asthma and allergies. Many people don’t realize that HVAC cleaning services can do more than just improve your home’s efficiencies. Clean ducts and fresh air filters can improve the overall air quality in your home. By investing in HVAC cleaning services, you can prevent a lot of potential health problems in the long run. Which begs the question:
How Do You Know If Your Air Quality Is Bad?
If you normally have allergies it can be difficult to notice whether your current episode is related to your indoor air quality or something outdoors. If the allergy attack seems out of season, or particularly severe, you may have poor air quality. Even if it is in season, you might want to check your filter anyways. Being aware of how the air quality affects you every day is a huge start to improving your overall quality of life.
- Consider the humidity
In warmer months it can get hot and humid inside your home. If the humidity is high it is likely you may have mold growing in your home. If there’s water, there’s probably mold. Mold spores are a huge drag on your overall air quality. Some varieties of mold can even make you sick. If you notice the internal humidity is very high, get a dehumidifier and check for mold.
- Home construction
If you’ve recently started a remodeling project, or your neighbor has, there may be air pollutants entering your home from those efforts. If you are digging in the basement you may find radon or harmful gasses seeping into your house without you knowing. Your drains, if you’re replacing toilets or drain pipes, may be leaking sewer gasses into your home. Not to mention the dust created by drywall or the fumes from paint. Being aware of how these activities can affect air quality can allow you to decrease the overall impact to you and your family.
In general, you could be exposing yourself to a lot of air pollutants every day. Everything from combustible gasses from a natural gas stove to second-hand smoke. Being aware, hiring professional duct cleaning services, and working to maintain your air quality can improve your overall quality of life.