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Indoor air quality describes the health and cleanliness of the air inside your home. The quality of the air your family breathes can have a significant effect on comfort and long-term health; indoor air quality can also affect the condition of your home, acting to either protect your home’s best features or put certain materials and finishes at risk. There are several factors that impact indoor air quality, including the condition of your HVAC system and your ducts, the types of materials in your home, and the presence of pets, plants, or certain cleaning chemicals and finishes. Although addressing your indoor air quality can be a significant undertaking, it is a worthwhile endeavor to ensure your family has the cleanest air possible to breathe. One of the simplest places to start improving your air quality is in your ducts with a professional air duct cleaning service.

How Your Ducts Affect Your Air Quality

Your ducts can be a significant contributor of particles to your indoor air. Over time, dust, pollen, animal dander, mold spores, and other particles can build up inside your ducts, clinging to surfaces and coating their interior. As air flows through your ducts on its way to your living spaces, it can dislodge loose particles from this coating and carry them through your ducts and air registers into the rooms your family uses every day. These particles can easily settle onto surfaces, increasing the amount of cleaning you must perform, or continue to circulate through your air until they are inhaled. Many of the particles found in ducts and indoor air are common asthma and allergy triggers, which increase the likelihood of allergy symptoms or asthma attacks in affected family members. Alternatively, mold spores can easily spread through your home via your ducts, where they can pose a significant risk to your health and your property if they find a source of water and begin to grow.

How Air Duct Cleaning Improves Air Quality

Because your ducts run through the interior spaces of your home, there is no way for the average homeowner to effectively clean them without professional help. Fortunately, your professional HVAC service has the tools needed to clean your air ducts and remove the buildup inside. Air duct cleaning typically makes use of a specialized vacuum system, which draws loose particles out of the ducts. Extendable arms that contain agitating or scrubbing features can also be used to knock loose the coating inside your ducts to remove this buildup completely, leaving your ducts as clean as the day they were installed. By removing this buildup of particles, air duct cleaning can dramatically reduce the amount of particulate matter—including allergens—in your home’s air for a cleaner, healthier living environment. While annual air duct cleaning is not necessary, your HVAC service technician can easily inspect your ducts periodically to determine whether your home could benefit from duct cleaning.

Our HVAC service is committed to helping you achieve excellent indoor air quality in your Nashville home. We offer a variety of indoor air quality products and solutions, including duct cleaning services, air cleaners, air purifiers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers to help you establish the ideal environment for your family. Please stop by our website if you’d like to take a closer look at our services or to schedule an air duct cleaning for your home today. You can also find additional heating, cooling, and air quality news and tips on our monthly blog.

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