In the summertime, when temperatures rise, outdoor air quality can often be poor thanks to pollution and smog. Air quality issues don’t disappear in the Monterey winter cold, however: they simply move indoors, particularly if there are problems in your home’s heating and ventilation system. One of the problems is that indoor air pollutants are often invisible.
“Most of the things that cause problems are odorless,” says Dr. Nicholas BuSaba, associate professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. “So, in many cases, there’s nothing to alert you to the problem.”
Nothing except the symptoms these pollutants and allergens can trigger, such as respiratory problems (including asthma flare-ups), fatigue and sleepiness, nasal allergies or even digestive issues. The problem often resides in your heating and cooling system.
Importance of a Home’s HVAC System
Think of your heating and cooling system as the lungs of your home. The HVAC (or just heating, if you don’t have air conditioning) takes air in and “breathes” it out through the air ducts in your home. Unfortunately, these air ducts are ideal places for indoor pollutants to lurk.
It’s estimated that dirt and dust are recirculated throughout your home five to seven times a day, on average, depending on your heating system. Over time, this can cause a buildup of gunk in the ductwork. These dirty ducts can reduce the air quality inside your home, contributing to health issues, especially in people who already have respiratory conditions such as asthma, autoimmune disorders or allergies.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
Keeping clean air in our homes is important for the health of the entire family. Dirty, dusty air ducts can aggravate allergies and asthma by blowing dust, pet hair and other allergens into living spaces. Cleaning the air ducts in your home removes dirt and dust, leading to better indoor air quality. It also helps to install filters in the HVAC system and ensure they are changed regularly. Electrostatic filters can help ensure that dust and other airborne irritants get trapped instead of being recirculated throughout your home. Dehumidifiers and air purifiers can also be installed to help improve indoor air quality.
Get Your Ducts Professionally Cleaned
Preferred Hood & Duct offers competitive rates on all residential air duct, dryer vent, and kitchen exhaust system cleaning. Visit our website to view our services or call 831-293-8601 to discuss how we can help keep your home a cleaner, healthier place, either with a new installation or routine cleaning and maintenance.