Ahhh… There’s no place like home! It’s where you go to relax, kick your shoes off, and take a big breath of fresh air after a long day. Or is it?
Your house is supposed to protect you from elements and pollutants in the outside air—but did you know that damaging pollutants are also found inside your home? Protecting you from these pollutants (which can cause or contribute to asthma, lung cancer, and more) is one of our greatest goals at Clean Air Solutions. In fact, you can think of us as superheroes fighting invisible villains inside your home every year!
Why is My Indoor Air Quality Poor?
There are many villains that could be impacting your indoor air quality, and it can be hard to narrow it down to just one. However, there are a few that are more common than others. These include mould, pollen, animal dander, and cigarette smoke, and they can lead to worsening symptoms of asthma or allergies.
If you move into a new-to-you home, we always recommend that you have your air ducts cleaned right away, even before your move-in date if possible. After all, it’s hard to know what pollutants are already sitting inside your ducts and circulating around your new home!
The Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality
The Immediate Effects
When your air quality is poor, there are some negative symptoms you’ll experience right away:
- Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Nasal congestion
How can you identify your air quality as the cause of these symptoms? If your symptoms tend to lessen or disappear entirely when you leave your home, there’s a good chance your indoor air quality is the main cause. If they’re worse when you wake up in the morning after breathing your indoor air all night, chances are good that you need to call in the big guns (and by that we mean the big vacuums!)
The Long-Term Effects
Duct cleaning can be a real life-saver— honestly!
While the immediate effects of low air quality aren’t typically severe or dangerous, the long-term effects can be significantly more serious, leading to issues such as:
- Respiratory diseases like emphysema
- Heart disease and a rapid heartbeat
- Lung cancer
- Worsened asthma
While these effects may not show themselves for many years, every day spent in a home with poor air quality increases your risk of developing health issues. That’s why it’s so important to resolve problems with indoor air quality by calling in your friendly neighbourhood duct cleaners on a regular basis (we recommend at least once a year).
How to Be Your Own Air Quality Superhero
Clean Your A/C Filter
When was the last time you changed the filter in your air conditioner? Depending on the quality of your filter, it could last up to six months, but a typical air filter should be changed every 30 days. The filter cleans the air circulating through your home, removing contaminants and pollutants, but becomes less effective over time. It might not earn you applause or a place in the newspaper, but it could keep your air fresh.
Keep Rugs and Carpets Clean
Depending on how often you clean them, rugs and carpets could work to your benefit or your detriment. They act as an air filter, capturing and trapping dust and other particles, but they’ll make your air quality worse if you don’t clean them often. However, when you do clean them, it gets rid of a significant amount of harmful particles in your home all in one shot. It’s kind of like having a cleaning superpower.
Control Your Home’s Humidity
Humidity is key to preventing mould and mildew growth in your home, which are the real bad guys; both of them will lower your indoor air quality significantly. To prevent mould from growing, you can maintain control of your humidity with a humidifier. This helps in both the dry winter months and humid summer months.
Get Professional HVAC Cleaning
When in doubt, turn to your local ducting cleaning superheroes for help. At Clean Air Solutions, our expert HVAC cleaners will ensure that your home’s indoor air quality soars higher than Superman heading into orbit. Contact us today to discuss how our cleaning superpowers can help you relax and breathe easier!