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Air Pollution Within Your Home

Indoor air pollution is listed today as one of the worst toxic pollution problems we have to deal with. Why?

air pollution in your home is magnified with a dirty filter.Your heating and air conditioning system is on, usually more than nine months out of the year. Since it is on so much it is inevitable for your unit to become full of particles that have been lifted from both your home and the outside air. Your HVAC unit has many filtering devices that aid in making sure no harmful particles enter your home and your lungs. The only thing that homeowners fail to realize is the fact that after more than a month or so, those filters could be extremely clogged. Once your filter becomes clogged, the air passing through them could allow the harmful particles to latch onto the air and be circulated throughout your home. This is indoor air pollution in its purest form.

How to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Reducing indoor air pollution is a relatively simple matter. It takes just a little bit of attention and effort to these tasks:

1) Get your HVAC system professionally inspected annually. A properly-maintained and working furnace or HVAC system will filter many contaminants out of the inside of your home or office. Furnace repair and maintenance professionals recommend that you have yours inspected once every 12 months. Inspection is relatively inexpensive and will ensure that you become aware of potential problems (some of which can be deadly) before they happen.

2) Change your furnace filter as frequently as is recommended by the manufacturer. Often this is every 2-3 months, but may be as frequently as monthly, depending on the make/model of your furnace or HVAC system. Filters are inexpensive, and you should be able to do this job yourself without calling in a professional. It’s the easiest way to cut down on indoor air pollution.

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3) Consider using a HEPA filter. “HEPA” stands for “High-Efficiency Particulate Air.” This type of filter is designed to remove more contaminants than regular filters. In fact, they are able to remove 99.97% of particles that are larger than 0.3 micrometers, which goes a long way toward reducing your indoor air pollution.

4) Have your air ducts cleaned regularly. A majority of particles get blown through your air ducts and get caught in your filter. However, some, particularly bigger ones, may settle deep inside your ducts. The only way to remove these particles is by getting the ducts professionally cleaned. Professionals recommend having them cleaned once every 12 months.

5) Clean up after pets. Pet hair can be pesky to keep off your home’s surfaces. However, the longer it remains on surfaces, the more of it that gets into your air filtration system. Dust and vacuum regularly, and brush furniture too, if needed.

6) Don’t allow smoking indoors. It’s no secret that cigarette smoke is packed full of harmful pollutants. When you smoke inside, even if you confine smoking to a single room, it simply blows those contaminants throughout the whole house. All smoking should be limited to outdoors only to cut down on your indoor air pollution, far away from doors and windows (so pollutants aren’t blown back inside).

Call Brown and Reaves Services for an estimate on having air duct cleaning performed at your home or office to help cut down on your indoor air pollution. 843-497-9867. Pollen season is the time to make sure your ducts are as clean as they can be, and believe it our not, we’re just a matter of weeks away from seeing that yellow stuff everywhere. See our related article on Duct Cleaning Helping You Breathe Better.

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