Indoor air pollution is a genuine problem in the Jacksonville, FL area, and throughout the country. It’s so serious that the Environmental Protection Agency ranks it among the top five health hazards. As a homeowner, here’s what you can do to fix indoor air purity in your home.
Schedule Duct Cleaning to Improve Indoor Air
We understand that it’s a slim chance that duct cleaning tops your spring cleaning list. Although you don’t have to do it every year, a good duct sanitizing every three to four years greatly improves the indoor air quality in your home.
Over time, dust and debris build up in your ductwork. Each time your HVAC system runs, the air picks up and distributes these particles throughout your home. More important, your air ducts can harbor mold picked up from other parts of your HVAC system. Rodents and other vermin also find air ducts to be an attractive nesting place. Periodic duct sanitizing eliminates these nasty possibilities, improving your indoor air quality and reducing the risk to your family’s health.
Audit Your Air Filter
Air filters trap up to 99.8 percent of the airborne contaminants floating around your home, but they only work if they’re clean. Dirty air filters don’t effectively trap particles. They also restrict airflow, which leads to a host of other comfort problems.
How often you should replace your filters depends on your lifestyle. For an average home without pets, every 90 days might suffice. For a home with a pet, 60 days might work. If family members suffer from allergies, 30 days is more appropriate. A monthly air filter checkup keeps you on top of things and is an excellent habit to develop. If your filters clog with increasing frequency, it might be time for duct cleaning.
Why risk your family breathing unhealthy air? For more information on duct sanitizing and other ways to improve the air in your home, check out the air quality solutions we offer at ServiceMaster Restoration of First Coast or give us a call.