Air Quality in Your Home
A sick house may conjure ideas of a cartoon home that is animated to show symptoms of having a fever, but in reality it is a serious situation that has to deal with the air quality you are breathing in your house. With your home diagnosed as a sick house, the residents may suffer from sneezing, headaches, watery eyes, fatigue, skin disorders, and many more cold-like symptoms brought on by neglect to certain areas of your home that have built up pollutants. If these symptoms continue longer than any common illness or allergy season, your home’s air feels stale, or you think you spot mold in your ducts, you may want to have your house inspected by an HVAC technician.
With humid summer months raging in the state of Georgia, moisture can be a problem within your air ducts and walls. Mold and mildew can easily grow in dark, moist spaces like these, and this will cause a circulation of their spores throughout your house. Once the problem becomes serious, you simply cannot expect your air filter to take on a great deal of the work cleaning up your air. The best way to avoid a sick house and expensive repairs is to take a few steps with your regular home maintenance to keep your house’s air clean and everyone inside your home healthy.
Looking for Mold and Mildew:
There are several areas in your house that have can have a lot of moisture build up, whether it is under your sink, around toilets and shower, and air conditioning ducts and units. Most of these places mentioned are also dark areas that are not well ventilated. This means the conditions are perfect for mold and mildew build up that is out of sight during everyday living within your home. Making sure to clean these areas thoroughly is vital to preventing mold and mildew build up as well as pollutants in your house’s air.
The Right Air Filter
A home’s central air system has a slot for an air filter to collect as much air debris as possible. You can either buy an air filter that last three months at a time or just one month at a time, but constantly changing these filters is a vital step to keeping the air clean in your home. Of course, if you have pets, indoor plants, or indulge in activities that may produce more air debris to be kicked up, you may have to buy a higher quality air filter than the traditional fiber glass air filter.
Sealing and Cleaning Your Air Ducts
Air conditioning units can create heavy moisture build-up around the unit as well as in the ducts. When the system is running for a long period of time, it does not allow for the moisture to evaporate and for the system to properly dry out. Furthermore, damp crawl spaces, basements, and cracks in the foundation can let in a lot of moisture, and unsealed air ducts may create an ideal spot for mold to grow. Sealing any open spots in your air ducts will eliminate this, as well as routinely using compressed air to clean out any soil or debris.
If you experience any build-up or debris in terms of your HVAC or air filtration systems, contact the professionals immediately. Having healthy air means having a healthy home, and with a clean and sealed air system with a proper air filter, you can feel better breathing in the fresh air of your home!