What's in Your Air Ducts?
Be sure to check our blog frequently for stories and pictures of the interesting (and sometimes disgusting) things that we find inside air ducts.
FACTS about Indoor Air Quality and the Health of Your Family
The experts agree: the air inside your home gets dirty, and this can be a serious health threat.
FACT: Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors. (American Lung Association)
FACT: Indoor air has been found to contain up to 70 times more hazardous pollutants than outside air. (US Environmental Protection Agency)
FACT: As many as 50 million Americans suffer from allergies; 20.3 million of those have asthma. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
FACT: Pollen, dust, and animal dander are listed among the major triggers for asthma attacks. (American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology)
FACT: 1 out of 6 people who suffer from allergies do so because of their direct relationship to fungi and bacteria in air duct systems. (Better Health Magazine)
FACT: Young children and the elderly are more likely to be affected by polluted indoor air. (US Dept. of Consumer Affairs)
10 reasons to be concerned about your home's Indoor Air Quality.
- Has there been recent construction or remodeling in the home?
The construction and remodeling process often leaves lots of debris in the air duct system. This goes for both new construction and recently remodeled homes.
- Are you trying to sell your home?
Freshly cleaned ducts could make your home more appealing to potential buyers!
- Have you recently purchased your home?
You clean the rest of the house when you move in right? Don't live with the former owner's dirt in your ducts!
- Does anyone in your home have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues?
Dust, dander, and micro-organisms in your duct system can be circulated throughout your home and cause attacks from any of these conditions.
- Does anyone in the home suffer from nasal or sinus congestion each night or morning?
Snoring can be another side-effect of a dusty home.
- Are there smokers in the home?
If you or a former resident used to smoke within your home, the residue can still be circulated throughout your home for years to come.
- Do you have dogs, cats or other pets?
Our furry little friends not only shed but can also carry in lots of dirt from outside the home. You can see it on your floors... trust us, it's in your ducts too.
- Does it seem like you’re always dusting the furniture?
An air duct system filled with dirt and debris can sometimes contaminate your home faster than you can clean it!
- Do you notice any unusual odors when the heating or cooling system is running?
Odors can be a sign of something dangerous in your air ducts. We can do camera inspections to determine if there is something of concern in your system.
- Are there young children or elderly living in your home?
People of these age groups are much more susceptible to airborne contaminants.