When we think of air pollution, we tend to think of the outdoors. Smog, the ozone layer, that sort of thing. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside our homes, schools, and offices is 2x to 5x more polluted than the air outside! When you add in the fact that, between school, work, and sleep, people spend around 90% of their time indoors, you can see why indoor air quality is a big concern.
The EPA estimates that most people receive 72% of their total exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals while inside their own homes. These pollutants can include radon, secondhand smoke, mold, pollen, carbon monoxide, dust mites and insects, pet hair, and volatile organic compounds from cleaning products, pesticides, building materials, and many other sources. Unexpected sources of home air pollution can include paint, furniture, carpets, cleaning products, cabinets and other furnishings, and even the kitchen stove.
All those pollutants and particles floating around in the air can cause allergic reactions, trigger asthma attacks, get your family sick, or worse. Buildup of some harmful chemicals can cause long-term respiratory disease or even be deadly in high enough concentrations.
Maintaining your home's air quality is a vital but easy to overlook step in creating a good quality of life for you and your family, and it can be especially important for people with children, pets, or those who suffer from allergies. Because we spend so much time in our homes, we want them to be safe and comfortable, and we certainly don't want them to contribute to making us sick. There are a lot of ways to try to keep your house pollutant free, but no matter what you do, some of them are going to get inside. The important thing is that, once they do, you don't let them stick around, and that means regularly getting your home's air ducts cleaned.
Air ducts function as the respiratory system for your home. Everything that's in your home's air passes through them sooner or later. And because they're out of sight, it's easy for them to be out of mind. You may clean your house thoroughly from top to bottom, but most people don't think to have their air ducts cleaned as well. And yet, your duct system can house all those damaging pollutants that we were just talking about, and recirculate them into your air. That's why it's important to get them cleaned regularly, by a reputable air duct cleaning service that knows residential air ducts inside and out.
A proper air duct cleaning can help improve the quality of your air, relieve allergies, eliminate odors, and reduce dust, while also keeping your family safe. And a residential air duct cleaning takes just a few hours, and can even save you money in the long run by making your system run more efficiently and reducing the odds of breakdowns. So if you want cleaner air in your home, call Davenport Services for an air duct cleaning recommendation today!