Airborne allergens are an issue for many homeowners. Dust, pollen, and animal hair can build up in air vents, then find their way into every corner of our homes. And for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, this means trouble breathing and overall feelings of blah. Having a professional clean your air ducts will go a long way in reducing the effects of these nasty airborne annoyances.
Leaky air ducts might also be adding to the problem. When air ducts start to leak, they allow bacteria and mold to enter your home’s pipes, causing unhealthy air to be forced throughout your living areas. This can then trigger or exacerbate a variety of health issues like infection, rhinitis, respiratory problems, and chronic headaches.
Faulty ductwork can lead to air pressure imbalances as well, drawing outdoor air into your home and forcing conditioned air outdoors. In addition to losing HVAC energy, the pressure could cause backdrafting of carbon monoxide by fuel-burning appliances.
Installing ducts and vents correctly in the first place is important. Ventilation systems that don’t work properly can put you and your family at risk. They can also hit you in the wallet as you pay much more than necessary to heat and cool your home. Now’s the time — before winter hits — to start thinking ahead and making sure your home is in tip-top working condition.
A final note: Consider having a professional HVAC contractor install your air distribution system. It’ll take the pressure off of you and give you peace of mind knowing that it’s being done correctly. HVAC professionals follow strict and current best practices to make sure that your system maintains its mechanical integrity. It’s also important to keep in mind that whether you’re modifying an older home or installing ductwork for the first time, you should choose a system that was designed to fit strict standards (like the ACCA’s).
Seasonal allergies are largely unavoidable. Take the right steps now to turn your home into a stronghold against these annual invaders. We’re always on the lookout for home improvement tips, especially if it means warding off allergies. Join us on Facebook and Twitter and keep the conversation going!
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