Can indoor air quality really be an issue?

Why is indoor air more polluted than outdoor air? 

According to the EPA, people spend about 90% of their time indoors.

There are many reasons indoor air can become an issue, the most common being:

  • Off-gassing from furniture, carpets, drapes and the like
  • Natural shedding of skin cells
  • Lint from the dryer
  • Dirt coming in every time you open the door
  • Pets hair and dander
  • Spiders and other bugs
  • Dust mites and particulates like pollen, mold and even rodent feces

While the idea of all this is kind of gross and creepy, it all adds up—and it all has the potential to create ill effects.

Does having clean air ducts matter? 

Dirt and dust spread quickly through the home, no matter how diligent you may be about cleaning your house… and all those fine particles are going to get sucked into you HVAC system.

Dirty air ducts could be contributing to health issues or problems for people who have allergies or compromised breathing.

Can a clean HVAC system lower your utility bills?

Dirt and dust in the HVAC system lowers the efficiency by more than 11%. 

As dirt clogs your filter and the dust insulates the mechanical parts of the furnace, your system becomes less and less effective at moving the air though your house. 

Your system will have to run longer to keep you comfortable and will need replaced before it’s time.

How to make your indoor air cleaner 

Becoming proactive about the air quality in your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming!

Start by changing your filter regularly, eliminating harsh cleaning chemicals, letting fresh air in when you can and clean your duct system every 4-5 years. 

You can also:

Schedule an air duct cleaning

It’s recommended to have your ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years, especially if you have pets. Doing regular maintenance and cleaning of your HVAC system will help keep your home safer and more comfortable.

Mighty Ducts is proud to clean in accordance with National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association (NADCA) guidelines and to have NADCA-certified cleaners on our team.  

Install an air purification system 

If you or someone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies, you may also want to consider adding a home purification system.

Technology has come a long way with UV and UVC filtration systems, and it’s become a lot more affordable for people to select this option.

We can install an amazing APCO home air purification system that can manage particles, germs and odors; just ask!