For most people, a home is a safe space; it’s a sanctuary away from all of the chaos of work and school, and we look forward to returning home every day. Unfortunately, poor indoor air quality could have adverse effects on your comfort within your home. Did you know that the concentration of pollutants in your home can be 2 to 5 times greater than the air outside of your home?

Below, we’ll be discussing a few of the factors that have the most significant impact on the quality of the air you’re breathing and steps you can take to improve the quality and prevent it from becoming polluted again.

1. Air Ducts
Air ducts are responsible for directing the air that is heated or cooled by your HVAC unit throughout the rest of your home. However, they also make a great space for dirt, dust, allergens, and mold to collect. Of all of these particles that get trapped in your ducts, mold is the worst, and it doesn’t take much to grow.

All it needs is humidity and heat and a few spores can quickly mature. This means that a simple infestation can quickly become a major problem, especially right after a rainy period followed by a warm spell. Mold can cause any number of breathing problems if not treated quickly, so we recommend occasionally checking the ducts, especially if you are coughing a lot or feel a little more claustrophobic than normal.

Regular air duct cleaning is essential to maintaining good air quality within your home. At Thermo Direct, we offer detailed air duct cleaning services, so give us a call for more information.

2. Insulation
Another way to keep poor air quality at bay is by improving or adding more insulation to your home. Installing proper insulation can help to control the amount of air that slips through the cracks in your home. We recommend placing insulation where drafts typically occur to prevent unwanted allergens and pollutants from entering your home.

3. Carpet
Who doesn’t love pets? Whether you’re a cat person, dog person, or even a hamster person we all dream of owning pets someday. While they are adorable and cuddly, they provide a number of problems, pet hair, and dander being the biggest of them.

Most pets constantly shed and depending on the breed; it could be pretty heavy. While the pets won’t like it, we recommend vacuuming at least once a week; this will make sure that less pet hair is circulating throughout your home. Additionally, pet owners should change out their air filters more frequently, typically once every two months as opposed to every six months.

For all of your air quality questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Thermo Direct. We offer a variety of services to help improve your indoor air quality and overall comfort within your home. Give us a call or visit our website for more information!

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