Because the average American spends roughly 90% of their time indoors, air quality becomes a major issue, especially when you consider that indoor air can be as much as 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes! This is one of the reasons why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named indoor air quality as one of its top five environmental dangers.
So, what every homeowner wants to know is “How can I improve the indoor air quality of my home?” The answer is simple. Keep your ducts as clean as possible. This will help minimize the amount of allergens circulated throughout your home.
Keeping Your Ducts (and Your Lungs) Free from Allergens
One of the easiest ways to improve not only the quality of your air, but also the energy efficiency of your HVAC equipment is by preventing dust and other allergens from entering your ductwork. Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can build up inside your ducts, restricting air flow and preventing your HVAC system from working efficiently. These allergens are then circulated throughout your home via your ducts five to seven times a day.
Keeping Your Ducts Clean
- The average home should have its HVAC air filters replaced every three months, more often if you have allergies, smoke, or own pets.
- It is important to dust and vacuum your home on a regular basis to cut down on the amount of allergens in your home, allergens which could find their way into your ductwork.
- If you are remodeling, do everything in your power to minimize dust and debris contamination. And turn off your HVAC system so it doesn’t pick up the dust and distribute it throughout your home.
- Annual HVAC maintenance can also help your equipment run smoother, with less contamination.
HVAC Maintenance throughout Maryland
Not only will preventive maintenance help improve energy efficiency and minimize costly breakdowns, but it could also help improve IAQ. Fresh Air Concepts offers HVAC maintenance and installation services throughout central Maryland. We also offer several maintenance contracts geared towards extending the life of your HVAC system through meticulous inspections and annual maintenance.
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