Heart Health & Indoor Air Quality

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Heart Health & Indoor Air Quality

People generally do not correlate heart health to indoor air quality. However because our hearts and lungs are so closely related, breathing polluted air can be harmful to them. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov ), poor indoor air quality can bother your eyes, nose and throat. It can also lead to chronic heart and lung problems and cancer. Breathing dirty air increases the risk of death from cardiovascular problems, which include heart attack and stroke. 

One way to improve your indoor air quality is by having your air ducts cleaned. There are several benefits to having your air ducts cleaned, making the expense worthwhile. The most common problem that customers experience with their HVAC systems include mold, pet hair, dander, dirt, pollen as well as other debris and contaminates. The collection of these contaminates over time in your air ducts contribute to breathing disorders, including asthma and allergies as they circulate throughout your home. When moisture is present, if debris is in the ducting, mold growth can form and compromise the air quality in your house. By having your air ducts cleaned it will not only provide a healthier living environment, but also extend the life of your heating system.

If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned. On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor.

If you still have questions whether you should have your air ducts cleaned, contact a professional. Investing in the health of your family and home is crucial, therefore cleaning your air ducts is well worth the expense. 

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