Homes are designed to be energy-efficient over the cold winter months and block out heat in the summer. When frigid winds start outside, homeowners seal cracks in insulation and block out any drafts. However, those measures to keep heat in also seal in allergens and pollutants inside of the home. Indoor air quality can dramatically decline over the course of a single winter month.
What Pollutants and Allergens Impact Indoor Air Quality?
- Mold and mildew
- Pet dander and hair
- Dust mites
- Germs, viruses and airborne bacteria
- Tobacco smoke
- VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can be found in the bonding agents used for carpet, upholstery and paneling
- Carbon monoxide
- Household cleaning and personal care products
- Home improvement products like paints and any chemicals that produce fumes
When your home is blocked up for the winter months, all of these pollutants and allergens can accumulate over time and negatively impact your health.
The Health Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality
The symptoms of poor indoor air quality can mimic the symptoms of a cold, allergies, stress or the flu. The most common symptoms of poor indoor air quality include:
- Watery or itchy eyes
- Upper respiratory congestion and discomfort
- Runny nose, stuffy nose or nose bleeds
- Sore throat
- Asthma-like symptoms or a worsening of asthma symptoms
Why Duct Cleaning Improves Air Quality
Duct cleaning from Clean Sweep Maryland is the best way to remove dirt, debris and build-up from your ducts and prevent them from being recirculated in the air that you breathe. By eliminating the build-up, you will also experience better air circulation and energy efficiency throughout the home. Since there are fewer obstacles between heated air and your vents, your heating system won’t need to work as hard to maintain its temperature. When your heating system isn’t working as hard to keep up, your monthly energy bills will be lower for the same amount of comfort.
Improve Your Air Quality with Clean Sweep Maryland
When it comes to keeping your home and family safe, you should never settle for less. Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, dryer vent cleaning and gutter cleaning services designed to keep your home in wonderful condition and your family safe.