Do you suffer from allergies or other breathing difficulties? If you do, spending time outdoors is probably a trigger for a respiratory episode.
So you may think that remaining indoors with the AC cranked is the best solution, right? Nope.
The fact is that your indoor air quality may be as bad as outdoors if you have an air duct system in your home that hasn’t been cleaned, either adequately or at all.
Read on for some things you need to know about your indoor air quality and why maintaining your air duct system is essential.
Biological Pollutants: How They Affect Indoor Air Quality
Many biological pollutants are floating around your home. Some include mold, mildew, bacteria, pet dander, everyday household dust, viruses, pollen, and mites, to name a few. The pest droppings from mice and other critters, when dry, also become airborne.
And just as there are many pollutants, there are many sources.
Humans and animals carry viruses and bacteria. Plants create pollens.
And while pet hair can cause allergic reactions, it is not pet dander. Pet dander is microscopic dried skin cells that settle on carpets and furniture.
Your air duct system is the perfect storm to release these pollutants in the air, including mold, mildew, and dust.
How Biological Contaminants Affect Your Health
Respiratory issues, such as asthma and allergic reactions, are the most common health hazards. But more severe illnesses, such as the flu, chickenpox, and even the measles, can be transmitted in the air.
People with preexisting respiratory issues such as allergies or breathing problems, the elderly, and children are most at risk for developing issues caused by dirty air duct systems, which is why air duct cleaning is so important.
Don’t Forget About Your Dryer Vent
In addition to HVAC systems, your dryer vent could be causing you a lot of problems too. While there is the obvious fire risk involved with not cleaning your dryer vent, fire is not the only issue.
Clogged dryer vents can cause your energy bills to go sky high. But dirty dryer vents are also risky for respiratory illnesses. A lot of dryers vent to the outside, and birds and other small animals love to make their nests there.
Just as with animals and pests inside, the animals outside can also produce bacteria, mold, and germs.
Dryers that vent to the inside also cause issues with moisture forming at the ventilation point, causing mold and mildew to grow.
How to Keep Your Family Safe From Biological Pollutants
The best way to keep you and your family safe from these risks and improve your indoor air quality is to have your air duct systems and dryer vents cleaned regularly.
Preventative maintenance is much healthier and saves you tons of money in energy bills and minimizes the risks of respiratory diseases such as asthma and allergies.
Contact us and schedule an appointment to have your air ducts and dryer vents cleaned by our professionals today. Then you can crank up that AC worry-free!