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Duct Cleaning and How It Benefits Your Health

Close Up of Dusty Air DuctMany things that affect our health are invisible to the naked eye. And that’s probably a good thing given the number of indoor air pollutants that are part of the air you breathe at home. In winter months especially, indoor air quality for residential heating of a house can become worse. This is because it’s too cold outside to open doors and windows to let the fresh outside air inside your home. But there is a wintertime solution to having cleaner air at home.

Duct Cleaning

One good thing you can do for your family’s health is to have a company come into your home and clean the ductwork. Most likely, there is dirt, dust, mold, pet dander, as well as bacteria and viruses, living in the ductwork inside your walls, under your floors, and above your ceilings. All these unhealthy contaminants get circulated through the heating system in your home, which can make your family sick and aggravate respiratory symptoms like asthma and allergies. 

A company specializing in home heating systems in Alpharetta can clean your ductwork in a matter of 4 to 6 hours, depending on the size of your home. A powerful high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum will be attached to the ductwork at several different places. As the air is vacuumed through your ductwork, the dust, debris, mold, pet dander, bacteria, viruses, etc. will be captured in a fine mesh HEPA filter.

After vacuuming, the company will send cameras through the ductwork to make sure they’ve removed everything. Another advantage is that the camera will allow the team to determine if you have any air leaks in your ductwork. Air leaks are areas in your ductwork where you have heating or cooling dead zones. These leaks can then be sealed to ensure that you have maximum airflow through your heating system. 

Health Benefits of Duct Cleaning

According to the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. People who already have lung disease, and other respiratory issues, are at greater risk of poor indoor air quality. Here are just a few of the additional benefits of duct cleaning. 

Duct cleaning greatly reduces the bacteria and viruses that cause everything from the common cold and cough, to influenza. Some bacteria and viruses actually thrive when circulated through dirty ductwork. Damp or humid air can cause some viruses to multiply. Once ductwork has been cleaned, changing the air filter next to your furnace with a high-quality HEPA filter will capture new bacteria and viruses that enter your home. Another thing to do, if you live in a humid climate, is to install a dehumidifier on your heating and cooling equipment or purchase a portable dehumidifier that you can move throughout the house to damp areas such as the basement.

Duct cleaning will also remove the dust mites circulating in the air. Dust mites are microscopic pests that feed on dead human skin cells and can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in some people. Dust mites breed in bedding and mattresses as well as upholstery and carpets and then spread through the air in the house.HVAC Tech in Black T-Shirt Vacuuming Air Duct on Ceiling

Duct cleaning by a company providing heating repair services in Alpharetta will also remove the pet dander circulating through the air. Pet dander is microscopic flecks of skin shed from not just cats and dogs, but any furry or feathery animals in the house. Pet dander can even come from mice and rats living in your house, of which you may be unaware. Pet dander can cause colds, as well as acts as allergens.

To learn more about duct cleaning and how clean air benefits your health, call Cool Air Mechanical at 770-266-5247.

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