There are a lot of us who are aware of the fact that there is a lot of outdoor pollution in our environments. But did you know that when it comes to indoor air pollution, reportedly it is 2-5 times worse than what we breathe outside? That’s why we have to make sure that we do all that we can to keep the air that we breathe inside of our homes as clean as possible. And one way to do that is to clean out our air ducts.
This is especially the case if you happen to be someone who battles with allergies because when there are tiny particles of dirt, debris, dust, dander or even mold that are stuck in your art ducts, it significantly increases the possibility of you inhaling them, which can trigger allergy symptoms like water eyes, sneezing and congestion.
So, in hopes that you can avoid having allergic reaction as a direct result of your art ducts, we’ve provided you with five ways that you can keep yours clean below:
Change your filters. Something that all HVAC units have inside of them are filters. They are what help to keep all of the dirt and dust that collects inside of the unit from blowing out into the atmosphere. But in order to make sure that they work effectively, it’s important that you change them regularly. With most units, that means between every 60-90 days.
Monitor the moisture. Another thing that can contribute to allergy problems is mold and usually it’s caused by water leaks or moisture. So, if there is standing water under your unit, wipe it up as soon as possible and if you happen to live in a naturally humid climate, purchase some dehumidifiers for various rooms of your house. One big problem with mold is that once it’s present it’s very hard to get rid of without the help of a pro team like Griffin Contracting & Restoration so make sure that mold never gets a foothold in your home!
Vacuum your ducts. Over time, dust is sure to collect inside of your ducts. The good news is that when they do, you don’t have to go through the trouble of purchasing new ones. All you need to do is remove the covers of your air ducts and then put the nozzle on your vacuum into the area where your ducts are. It will suck the dust right on out.
Make sure the ducts are properly sealed. Another cause of allergens in air ducts is if they have holes in them. So when you’re in the process of cleaning out your air ducts, inspect them carefully to insure that there are no cracks or tiny holes. If you happen to see some, in most cases, you can easily remedy the matter. Simply apply some metal tape on top of the holes. For more information on how to properly seal your air ducts, go to Energy.gov and put “duct sealing” in the search field.
Schedule an appointment with a professional air duct cleaner once a year. As you can see, you can handle a lot of the maintenance of your air ducts on your own; however, since professional air duct cleaners are skilled in how to thoroughly clean them out, we recommend that you schedule an appointment for them to come to your home once a year. It’s just one more thing that will keep your HVAC unit working well and also help to keep any potential allergy problems at bay.