Winter Air Quality: Why You Should Inspect Your Air Ducts
When you get a cold in the winter, you probably blame it on the chill in the air. However, in winter we seal the air inside our homes, and those germs get sealed in with it. In the winter, we spend so much time keeping the cold air out that we don’t realize that we are also stopping fresh air from coming in.
In the winter, because we don’t open our doors and windows to let in fresh air (and who could blame us?), the air inside our homes can become stale and saturated with dust and germs with no place to go. Air ducts move air around your house, much in the same way your circulatory system moves oxygen around your body. If you’re not vigilant, allergens and mold can travel just as easily as filtered air. Air pollutants, allergen and even bacteria that cause colds and flu can become trapped in the system and build up over time.
When your air quality is suffering, you can see and feel it. Signs you may need to have the ducts in your home inspected (sooner rather than later) include:
- Visible dust and debris.
- A recent rodent or insect infestation.
- Visible mold or mildew ( What you see is usually just the tip of the iceberg)
- Unexplained allergies or respiratory infections
Heating and cooling your house make up more than half of your utility bills. You want to make sure that you get what you pay for. Ducts that are damaged or poorly maintained may leak air into the unfinished parts of your home, like an attic or crawlspace, or between the walls where it doesn’t help you very much! Sealing joint and repairing cracks in the ducts keeps the conditioned air where it belongs and relieves pressure on your HVAC system, extending its life.
Stuck Inside? Here are some things you can do to keep your family healthy:
- Install a ventilation system
- Use a humidifier to combat dry winter air
- Use an air purifier to remove smoke and other pollutants
- Use high-efficiency filters, or at the very least, make sure that the filters in you HVAC system are changed regularly.
- Have your air ducts professionally inspected to ensure they are clean and undamaged
Keep your air clean and your family healthy this winter. Atticare technicians can help give your HVAC system the backup it needs. Contact your nearest Atticare office to learn more and schedule a comprehensive inspection.