Air Ducts Contribute To Allergy Problems

Thirty-Five Million Americans are suffering from allergies and what they are not aware is that they are reacting to conditions right in their own homes.Air Duct Cleaning is an important option to consider this or any spring season.

While antihistamines may lessen the sniffling and sneezing, they won’t make symptoms go away altogether. And antihistamine use may mean coping with unpleasant side effects.

For many, the spring season especially May, which is National Allergy Month – is the worst time of year.

A recent study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that people are more likely to get sick from air pollution in their home or office than from the pollution in the air outdoors.

Allergy Sufferers can however do something to rid their homes of indoor air pollutants, thereby improving the quality of air they breathe.

Professional indoor cleaning of carpet, furniture, drapery, hard surfaces and air ducts reduces the incidence of allergies, respiratory and other health related conditions by removing the source of the problem. Researchers report that house dust and mold are the major cause of indoor allergies.

Studies show that air duct cleaning inhibits unpleasant odors and can remove 32 percent of contaminants, such as mold and dust mites from a home’s central air conditioning and heating system. Your HVAC system provides the Ideal environment for mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria growth, and the spread of dust mite waste through the air.

One out of every six people who suffer from allergies is allergic to the fungi and bacteria in air duct systems.

Homeowners should always make sure companies that offer air duct cleaning are legitimate. Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints and don’t forget Angies List for real customer reviews on companies in your area. Some key questions homeowners should ask when calling about air duct cleaning services are:

Can you reduce the dust in the air?
Will I be allergic to the chemicals you use?
Will air duct cleaning improve the stale, musty odor in my home? How is this service performed, and how often do I need it done?

For Homeowners who have allergies or even unexplained illnesses in their families, there are a few other remedies to help improve the air quality inside the home:

1) Reduce the use of chemicals where possible: Store gasoline and chemicals outside the home, and discourage smoking indoors.

2) Perform proper maintenance: Replace filters regularly using quality pleated filters such as 3M or Endust.

3) Use Air Cleaners: Place room HEPA filtration units in the bedrooms of allergic individuals. These typically can be purchased at any local home improvement store or at your local HVAC Dealer.