Indoor air quality is becoming a growing concern in the U.S. Research indicates that the air inside our homes is seriously more polluted than the air in the most densely populated industrial cities. With people spending more and more time indoors you can see why this is of growing concern. It is estimated that a large number of our population spends 90% of their time indoors. That fact alone makes me want to spend some time outside no matter how cold it is!
One of the most important things you can do to help your indoor air quality is to let in some fresh air. Unfortunately, there are times of the year (like the dead of winter or hot summer days) where airing out your home for a little while is just not practical.
There are other things you can do to help prevent your air from becoming contaminated and one of them is to minimize your air duct contamination.
In order to prevent dust and dirt from entering your system you should:
- Change your filters regularly
- Use the highest efficiency air filter as possible
- If your filters get clogged, change them even more often
- When you have your yearly maintenance on your heating and cooling system make sure the cooling coils and drain pans will be cleaned.
- If you are having any work done in your home (like renovations or new floors put in) seal off the supply and return registers and do not operate your unit until the dust has been cleaned up.
- Dust and Vacuum your home regularly.
- Keep moisture out of your ducts!
- If your system has a built-in humidifier, make sure you are maintaining it per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have any leaks or water damaged repaired and cleaned up as quickly as possible.
While preventative maintenance is always a good place to start, if you are concerned about your ductwork or feel it is definitely time to have them cleaned by a professional. Call Carmine’s today 203-791-8089. Our professional technicians can inspect your duct work and assess whether or not a cleaning is right for you.