Why You Should Have Your Home's Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned
Let's Start With How Air Moves Inside Your Home
HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditions) systems move air in and around which means they will almost certainly bring in dust, debris, and dirt.
Over time the ducts through which the air circulates are going to get layers upon layers of built-up dirt and dust, pollen and mold spores, and even insects and rodent droppings.
Humid environments can facilitate mold growth in your air duct system, particularly if air conditioning has been shut off for an extended period and the air in the home has been allowed to warm
Results – WITHOUT Air Duct Cleaning
If any of your family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses it’s possible that the issue could be your home’s environment.
There are consequences to having a less-than-clean environment including:
and many more health issues (You should discuss any of these situations with your doctor)
The EPA has published guidance on identifying possible indoor air quality problems related to ducts that are not as clean as they should be.
As per the EPA, there are several key signs that your air ducts need a thorough cleaning, including:
Mold growing of inside the air ducts
The infestation of small unwanted pests and insects in the air ducts
If the air ducts are clogged with dust and other debris
How Uncleaned Air Ducts Affect Your Health and Overall Cleanliness
They can decrease the air quality of your home environment Cleaning air ducts can improve the overall health of all your family members. Medical research show that patients suffering from pulmonary health issues improved when air ducts were cleaned frequently.
Frequently, allergies, sore throat, colds and coughing can be caused or made worse by poor air quality caused by allergens and other bacteria caused by uncleaned ducts.
People with asthma and other allergies can be particularly affected, especially kids, the elderly and newborns who are very sensitive to air quality issues.
Pet dander, dust, pollen, and other allergens can build up in the ducts and then be blown throughout the home.
There is some evidence that contaminated air can actually speed up the aging process
Rodents and insects can find a home where you DON’T want. They often carry disease, bite, get into your home, and even eat your food.
Mildew and mold in your air ducts can spread a musty odor in your home
Decreased Efficiency of Your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) System:
Dirt and other debris can hinder the efficient functioning of the HVAC equipment
Dust That Never Goes Away:
One key sign that the air ducts are in need of cleaning is the reappearance of dust on furniture and other items in your home right after you have dusted. When the ducts are dirty, they will deposit new dust (and allergens) even on the same day that dusting took place
Don’t take the risk of not cleaning your air ducts. Their cleanliness is critical to have a safe and clean home environment. Contact Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Co and schedule an inspection TODAY!
Cleaning and Home Maintenance Resolutions for the New Year
It felt like the day might never come, but 2020 is finally behind us. Happy New Year to all! As we move into 2021, countless people are already busy making sure this year gets off to a good start. One great way to do that is with a little home maintenance and cleaning.
While the spring is a great time to focus on landscaping and exterior cleaning, January is the perfect time to focus on the inside of your home. Even if you keep your house relatively clean week to week, there are certain areas almost all of us overlook. In fact, those are the best places to start this year.
As for air ducts, they should be professionally cleaned every three years or so. If it’s been longer than that, or you’re not sure when your air ducts were last cleaned, it’s a good idea to have a professional come look. There can be a lot of things hiding in your air ducts. Clean air ducts will leave your home’s air fresher and healthier.
Countertops, floors, furniture, and dishes tend to get most of the focus when you’re tidying up your house. However, there are plenty of other areas of your home that could likely use some polish. Before you start cleaning everything in front of you, let’s look up. Specially, let’s examine your light fixtures, fans, and anything else suspended from the ceiling.
Once those are clean, it’s time to look down to your baseboards. Though they may look fine from a distance, after taking a closer look, you might discover they’re surprisingly dirty.
With a little scrubbing, dusting, and polish, you’ll be surprised by how much of a difference clean baseboards and trim make.
Next up, check your window blinds. Certain types of blinds, especially thin venetian blinds, can be particularly frustrating to clean. After putting in the time, however, you’ll find the effort is worth it. The contrast between dirty and clean blinds is night and day.
With those out of the way, it’s time for your appliances. After the holiday season, appliances can be especially dirtied. A deep clean can leave them looking almost brand new. Make sure to empty out the fridge when you clean as well.
There’s a good chance you’ll find some expired holiday leftovers in there.
Benefits of Cleaner Air Indoors
People often have the false assumption that the air inside their home or office is clean by default. However, there can be a number of harmful and irritating particles hiding in the air you’re breathing indoors. It’s a good idea to be active in keeping your home air clean. The same is true for office buildings.
Truly clean indoor air provides a number of benefits for both you and anyone else entering the building.
Allergies are the result of your immune system reacting to foreign particles and substances. They are often activated by pollen and pet hair floating around the air. While pollen allergies are often associated with the outdoors, these particles can easily infiltrate your home. Actively keeping the air clean can remove the presence of these harmful particles, reducing allergic reactions and allowing you to breathe easily.
If you find your allergies aren’t any better when you’re inside, you’re likely suffering from dirty air.
Help Control Asthma
Asthma is a condition that causes your airways to narrow and swell, resulting in difficult breathing and possibly coughing. Though asthma is often seen as a simple inconvenience, it can be a life threating condition. Dirty air can significantly increase the chances of an acute asthma attack, leaving the person struggling to breath. If you, a friend, or a family member has asthma, clean air is a must.
Better for Your Health
Poor air quality is harder on your body, reducing your oxygen intake while making it more difficult to breath. In fact, dirty air has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and more. Clean air is simply better for you. It can be especially beneficial for people who workout in their homes, allowing them to breathe deeply as they work up a sweat.
Odors and unpleasant smells are ultimately the result of particles floating through the air and into your nose. Stale, unclean air is more likely to hold onto these unpleasant particles, resulting in a constant unpleasant scent that lingers in your home or office building.
There are a number of action steps you can take to keep your home or workplace’s air fresh. Air purification systems actively remove unwanted particles from the air, resulting in cleaner, fresher air. Checking your home’s air for radon can ensure that you and your family are safe from its harmful effects.
And making sure your air ducts are inspected and cleaned as needed can help remove dust and other irritating particles.
If you’re looking to keep your home or office building’s air clean and fresh, Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company can help. We provide radon testing, air purification, and air duct cleaning services in the Dayton, Ohio area. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you!
Is Your AC Bothering Your Allergies?
With the summer heat reaching its peak, many people are shutting their windows and turning up their air conditioners. While the cool air is nice, some may find they’re experiencing dry eyes, stuffy noises, itchy skin, and more.
Could your air conditioning be the cause?
The Darkside of Central Air Systems
Central air conditioning can be a wonderful thing. It allows you to have real time control over the temperature of a home or building, providing much needed comfort during the warm months of the year.
Even on more mild days, those with allergies often rely on their AC instead of opening windows due to pollen. However, left unchecked, your HVAC system can actually spread agitators, bacteria, germs, and more throughout your home or office. Over time, dust and debris build up in your ducts and AC unit.
When the AC runs, it stirs up these elements, sending them out of your vents and into the air around you. This can trigger watery eyes, itchy skin, runny noses, and more. Those with asthma may find it harder to breath. The cold, dark environments of air ducts can also be the perfect place for mold and mildew to the develop. This can cause further problems and pose a health risk to those in the building.
What Can Be Done?
Regularly changing your HVAC filter is a key part of maintaining air quality and the efficiency of your AC. The length of time between filter changes can depend on the type of filter being used, as well as how many people are present, whether or not there are pets, and more.
Even then, changing your air filter isn’t enough. In order to keep your air truly clean and free of harmful particles, your air ducts and HVAC system should be inspected and cleaned regularly as well. Having your air ducts clean can reduce dust, improve air quality, increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and more.
Cleaning your air ducts and HVAC system can help significantly. Your air ducts should be professionally inspected and cleaned every three to five years. If you’ve been noticing an increase in agitation and allergies since using your AC, it may be time to schedule an inspection.
Mold is something everyone should want to keep out of their house. Not only is it unsightly, but it can be harmful to people. Mold can cause sinus congestion, coughing, agitated eyes, and skin rashes.Those with asthmas or mold allergies are much more susceptible.
If you have chronic lung disease or immune system issues, you can even get infections from mold.
Before you deal with mold in your home, you need to understand how it gets there in the first place.
How Does Mold Develop in Homes?
Mold is a fungus that’s actually found in the air you’re breathing right now. The amount is so minimal, however, that it’s harmless. When moisture is present, however, mold starts to collect. Mold thrives and grows with moisture, creating spores that are released back into the air. This is when it starts to become a problem.
Because of its prevalence in the air, mold can start to build on any moist surface that’s left alone for too long. Unfortunately, this means it usually develops in places you don’t regularly see.
Common places for mold are underneath sinks, in crawl spaces, behind walls, on stocks of cardboard boxes, around air condition units, and behind washers and dryers.
How to Keep Mold from Developing in Your Home
The defenses against mold in your house are moisture control and regular cleaning. If your home (especially basement) feels damp, consider setting up a dehumidifier. This can make a big difference in mold development.
If your home experiences any amount of flooding, make sure to clean and dry it immediately. Remove any damaged carpet as well, even if it feels dry. Mold can develop underneath the carpet where you can’t see.
Beyond that, make sure you’re keeping your house cleaned, even in the less visible areas. Mold commonly forms in air ducts and behind your washing and drying machines. Dirty dryer vents can prevent moisture from escaping, resulting in mold build up.
The only way to truly know your home is mold free is to have these areas inspected and cleaned. For air duct and dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding communities, contact Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company today.
Dealing with Summertime Allergies
Summer is a season known for going on vacation, heading to the beach, or just soaking up some sun. It isn’t all fun and games, however,especially for people with allergies. While some people’s allergies stop with the passing of spring, many people find themselves stuffed and sniffling all the way to the fall.
If that’s you, there is good news. There are proactive steps you can take to help reduce allergy symptoms so you can properly enjoy the beautiful warm weather.
Medication (in Proper Doses)
Medicine can make a big difference in how your body handles the different allergens floating around in the air. Different people find success with different types and brands, so you may need to try a few to see what works for you.
Decongestants and antihistamines are the go-to for many. Nasal spray and eye drops can help with symptoms as well. Just make sure you’re reading the directions and following the recommended dosages.
Keep an Eye Out on the Pollen Count
It can be difficult to stay inside on a warm, sunny day, but for someone with severe allergies, it might be the best thing to do. High pollen counts can have a severe impact on how your body feels. Websites like weather.com offer detailed pollen reports, including the types of pollen floating around.
You should pay attention to what type of pollen seems to affect you the most and act accordingly. If the pollen count is high, but you have to be outside, make sure to take some medication beforehand.
Shower and Wash Your Clothes After Being Outside
Allergens can stick to your body and clothing, keeping you surrounded in an invisible layer of pollen and more. Rinsing yourself off and regularly washing your clothes can make a big difference as you go throughout the day.
Talk to a Doctor
If your allergies are particularly bad, consider visiting a doctor. They’ll be able to help you determine what affects your allergies, while presenting options for improving your situation. Depending on the severity, they may recommend skin or blood testing to determine your specific allergies.
Allergy shots are another option.
Have Your Air Ducts Inspected and Cleaned
Over time, the air ducts of your home naturally build up dust, dirt, and potentially mold. These particles then enter your home through the vents, irritating your allergies further. If you continue to suffer from your allergies despite being in the comfort of your own home, it may be time to have your air ducts cleaned.
Removing the dirt and debris from inside your ventilation system leaves you with cleaner, safer air.