Top 3 Ways to Breathe Easier
Anyone with allergies or asthma can attest to the discomfort and desperation that comes from bad indoor air quality. Sneezing, stuffy noses and itchy eyes are only the beginning – those with severe respiratory issues have difficulties breathing – which can be scary, especially for kids and elderly.
Three things you can do to breathe cleaner air are:
1. Air Duct Cleaning
Air duct cleaning takes roughly 3 hours and should be done only by a NADA Certified professional. The process itself includes removing dust, dirt, allergens from inside your air duct system using professional grade truck mounted equipment. If not properly removed, the pollen, dust ,and even mold builds up inside your air duct system – so when you turn your AC or furnace on, the spores are released into the air for you to inhale. People who have allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues are particularly sensitive to certain spores and will react very negatively.
Reputable Air Duct Cleaning companies will use flat rate pricing (not vent counting) and provide homeowners with before and after pics using high tech DUCT-CAMS. SEE & KNOW what you’re paying for! Sanitization is also an option to ensure the newly cleaned ducts stay that way for as long as possible. Air Duct cleaning from a certified and reputable company costs usually between $400-$850 for a 1,000 sf home. A reputable company will ensure you understand the process and know what you’re paying for upfront – not trick you with low cost gimmicks!
2. Changing or upgrading your Air Filter
Your air filter is the HVAC system’s screening mechanism used to reduce airborne contaminants before they reenter your breathing space. A MERV rating indicates how much contaminants the filter will trap – the higher the MERV rating, the more contaminants it will catch. There’s a variety of filters available, depending on your homes equipment, however for those that suffer from breathing issues like asthma or allergies – or just want a general improvement in the quality of indoor air they breathe – upgrading your HVAC systems air filter to a HEPA or Allergen filter is a great start.
HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter forces air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and tobacco smoke.
3. Air Purifier
Today’s buildings are sealed so tightly to keep them energy efficient and comfortable, that they leave no escape route for polluted indoor air that comes from pets, cooking fumes, cleaning vapors, dust, mold, etc. Shopping for a whole home air purifier can be confusing and overwhelming as different air purifier filters target different types of air pollution dependent on the type of filtration technology used. Many modern air purifiers compbine two or more filter types in the same unit. HEPA filters set the standard for air purification, removing at least 99.97% of all particles a small as .3 microns.
Air purifiers that use an Antibacterial and Germicidal Filter is the preferred air purifier for people who suffer from mold allergies, or who get sick often because it kills the viruses and bacteria that cause colds and flu. Air purifiers with UV filters are commonly used to sterilize environments like hospitals, daycares, kitchens and labs.