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Why Cleaning Air Ducts Matters, A Lot

air-ductAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, “The quality of indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the worst outside air.” When you take into consideration that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, that fact can be quite alarming. Poor air quality can be directly attributed to the increase in allergies, heart problems, asthma and even lung cancer.

Air Ducts for Better Air Quality

Many people don’t realize that the average household is filled with contaminants. These contaminants come from numerous sources, some of which are extremely commonplace. Perfumes, carpets, animals, blankets, plants and even yourself are all sources of contaminants. In the typical house, up to 40 pounds of dust is circulated annually throughout the home. Contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and are circulated throughout the household between five and seven times a day. This could lead to health concerns such as illness or, in extreme cases, death.

In time, your home collects all sorts of grime in your air ducts, from pet dander to dust and general household dirt. When this happens, the residue can build up and creates an obstruction. When the air vents are blocked, air can’t flow properly and this detracts from your home’s air quality. Making an investment in your home’s ductwork every couple of years can make a huge difference in the operation of your HVAC system and helps ensure that your air is ice-cold throughout the long summer months and your heat is warm and cozy during our kind of winter.

Indoor Air Quality Products

Although we may not see them, air pollutants are in our home and they threaten our health and the well being of the ones we love. The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers facing the public.

To stay in front of this issue, there are several products that can help to eliminate 99.9% of the air pollutants that threaten your indoor air quality. To name a few: air cleaners, air purifiers and UV lamps. Air cleaners filter the air and effectively remove bacteria, pollen, pet dander and other pollutants. Air purifiers take it a step farther than air cleaners. They not only filter the air, but captures and kills different airborne pollutants such as bacteria, mold and viruses. UV lamps can kill bacteria and mold that grow in the moist environment of your air conditioner or indoor coils. They are designed to destroy the pollutants so they no longer circulate through your home.

If you find yourself or someone in your household experiencing the common cold or allergies more frequently than usual, consider looking into increasing your indoor air quality. Lucky for you, All Weather Contractors are indoor air quality specialists. Give us a call to learn more about these products and having them installed into your home.