For many people, spring is the beginning of the allergy season. Many of the contributing factors of allergies and respiratory problems are beyond our control. However, when it comes to I.A.Q. (Indoor Air Quality) we can definitely control and condition the air quality within our homes.
Hopefully, no one would live in a home without cleaning the floors and vacuuming the rugs on a regular basis, yet over 95% of all homes have never had their duct system cleaned, sanitized and sealed. Imagine all the pollutants, bacteria, mold, etc. that can be in a dark and sometimes damp duct system for a period of 15-25 years. This is the air you breathe every day.
Some of the most effective things you can do to improve your I.A.Q. are:
- Duct Cleaning – The ducts deliver air to every room in your house so obviously if they are cleaned and sanitized then the air will be much healthier for all.
- Duct Sealing – The average home loses 25-40% of the airflow from the duct system due to leakage. Sealing the ducts will prevent most irritants and allergens from being distributed throughout the house which results in a much healthier environment.
- Filtration – These are rated on a MERV scale (Minimum Efficiency Reporting value) from 1-16. A #1 is your typical throwaway filter and a #16 would trap 95% of micron level particles.
- UV – Ultraviolet is the only thing that kills living organisms like mold, mildew, and bacteria.
With the implementation of any of these items, your home will be cleaner, more comfortable and healthier.