The air quality in your home is important to your family’s health. With poor-quality air, you and your loved ones could suffer allergic reactions, even if you don’t normally have allergies. If exposed to this poor air quality long enough, these reactions can cause serious and sometimes permanent damage to your respiratory system. There are different sources that deplete the quality of your air, and it’s important to make sure you check each one regularly to maintain a healthy home and a clean atmosphere.
Dirty Air Ducts
Your ducts are the primary travel route for air in your home. If your air ducts are clean, your home’s air quality will be clean. However, if your ducts are dirty, then the quality of your air will decrease. Your air ducts naturally catch dirt, dust, and other debris to stop them from spreading around in your home. Over time, this caught debris builds up on itself. Your HVAC system is like a time capsule with hidden DNA left behind by the previous owners. Dead skin cells, hair, dander, and dog or cat hair are trapped in your air ducts from the previous family. If you have not had your air ducts cleaned, you are basically breathing someone else’s air.
Dirty Air Filter
Most homes these days have an air filter in their duct system that helps catch and filter out allergens before they get stuck in your ducts. These filters become clogged over time and need regular changing to ensure the quality of your home’s air. How often you need to change your filter will depend on the activity in your home and the number of natural allergens in the air. Most homes will need a filter change about every six months. Homes with pets, however, might need a change every three to four months to help combat pet allergens as well.
Signs of Poor Air Quality
You’ll be able to tell if the quality of your home’s air is suffering. Poor-quality air can lead to the following symptoms in most people, even those who don’t have allergies:
- Dry, itchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Runny or congested nose
- Dry cough
- Difficulties breathing
If you or anyone staying in your home start to experience these problems, it’s likely that the quality of your home’s air is poor. If this problem goes untreated, these symptoms could increase in severity and lead to more dangerous health problems. Monitoring the air quality is the best way to protect your home and your loved ones.
If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, call Cardinal Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning today at (314) 501-6283. Our father-and-son team is dedicated to helping your family feel healthy and happy in your home. We offer a wide range of services that can improve the quality of your home’s air. When we’re done, your home will feel healthier than ever before, and your breathing is guaranteed to improve. Don’t wait until your health starts to suffer.