How to Reduce Indoor Allergens with Air Duct Cleaning
As a homeowner, you take the steps necessary to keep your house looking squeaky clean. You dust the furniture, vacuum the carpets, scrub the showers, and even mop your floors when your dog treks in mud. Keeping a tidy and sanitary home is important to keep your family happy and healthy. Sure, your house looks clean, but what about the dirt you can’t see?
What’s Hiding in Your Home’s Air?
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Through normal occupation in a home, we generate and are exposed to many allergens, contaminants, and air pollutants. Some of the most common allergens found within your home include:
- Pet Dander
- Mold Spores
Even though these particles are small, an abundance of these allergens in your home can contribute to heightened allergy symptoms and health issues. Depending on the type of allergens and a person’s sensitivity, symptoms can range from mild to severe. In the short-term, exposure to indoor air pollutants can cause coughing, sneezing, headaches, difficulty breathing, and irritated eyes, nose, and throat. Long-term side effects can be quite severe. Years of exposure can cause respiratory sickness, nerve issues, or even cancer.
How Does Air Duct Cleaning Reduce Allergens?
The air in your home (including airborne dust, pet dander, mold spores, and more) is pulled into your HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation can cause a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork. Each time you turn on your heating and cooling and system these contaminants make their way into your living spaces where they are breathed in by your family, potentially causing health issues, like breathing disorders, including asthma and allergies. Luckily, air duct cleaning can help combat this build-up of dust, dirt, and debris which in turn lessens the amount of potential asthma and allergy triggers, improving the indoor air quality and overall health of your home.
What Will the Professionals Do?
You may be wondering how NADCA professionals clean your home’s air ducts. The most effective method of cleaning air ducts and a ventilation system is through source removal. This requires a contractor to place the system under negative pressure using a specialized, powerful vacuum. While the vacuum draws air through the system, devices are inserted into the ducts to remove any debris that might be stuck to interior surfaces. The debris can then travel down the ducts to the vacuum, which removes it from the system and the home.
Just like cleaning your home, cleaning your indoor air is very important. Even though you may not be able to see the allergens in your air, they can have a direct impact on your family’s health and happiness. Schedule your system checkup with your local NADCA-certified air duct cleaning contractor.