Springtime brings an opportunity to clean and organize your home. But spring cleaning is harder than vacuuming under the couch. Did you know the quality of indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air? Neglecting to properly clean your HVAC systems leads to an unhealthy home. Are your ducts in a row?
Is Your House Sick?
It goes by many names — Sick Building Syndrome, Sick Home Syndrome, Office Illness. It’s a medical condition where people in a home suffer from symptoms of illness or feel unwell the more time they spend in a “sick” home. Symptoms can range from sensory irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat to neurotoxic or general health problems, even odor and taste sensations. In other words, Sick Building Syndrome isn’t just your mind playing tricks on you; you can actually get sick from it.
What Is To Blame?
While Sick Building Syndrome has many potential causes, one frequently implicated is bioaerosols and other contaminants like bacteria, molds, and pollen — all of which like to hang out in your air ducts. When your air ducts are not cleaned, pet dander, dust, pollen, and other bioaerosols get stuck in the ducts. These contaminants accumulate over time, and when the air ducts are used, are jettisoned and distributed throughout your home. This means worsening of allergies, asthma, and eczema symptoms for those with a history of the conditions, or even more serious respiratory illness.
What Can You Do About It?
The simple answer? Get your ducts cleaned by professionals. Although there are many steps you can take on your own to keep your home healthy (spring cleaning included!), the ultimate measure of a home’s health is proper and frequent maintenance of HVAC systems. After getting your ducts clean, you can go above and beyond to ensure the health of your home by having Anton’s install BetterAir, a purification system that taps directly into existing air ducts to release billions of probiotics into the air via repetitive micro-misting.
To keep your home healthy and your air breathable, get in touch with Anton’s to schedule services with NATE-certified technicians.