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Residential Air Duct Cleaning Improves Your Home’s Ventilation

As a homeowner, you should be aware of any items that could have a negative impact on your indoor air quality and how they might be harmful. Residential air duct cleaning can help. So can having the knowledge to help you make educated decisions when selecting the products you use in your home. The result? A cleaner and healthier indoor environment for you and your family.

Common, everyday items that people use to keep their homes feeling fresh and clean but could be harming the air quality include:

  • Scented candles
  • Air fresheners
  • Cleaning products
  • Open paint cans
  • Upholstered furniture

All of these products, among many others, produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which contribute to poor indoor air quality and can be harmful to your health. 

What are VOCs?

According to the EPA, VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Often containing fluorine, chlorine, bromine, benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene, these organic compounds easily vaporize and can be dangerous to the humans that come in contact with them.

How VOCs Can Affect Your Health

Candles and air fresheners may leave a warm and welcoming smell in your home, but the long-lasting health issues they can cause are not so pleasant. For example, when an air freshener is sprayed it emits VOCs into the air that could cause symptoms such as:

  • Eye irritation
  • Nose and throat discomfort
  • Headache
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

The EPA states that extended exposure can cause more serious side effects such as asthma, liver and kidney damage, and central nervous system damage. So how do we lessen our exposure to these harmful contaminants?

How to Combat VOCs

There are many things you can do to combat those evil VOCs, reduce your exposure, and keep the health issues at bay:

  • Improve the ventilation in your home.
  • Keep products containing VOCs in outdoor storage.
  • Seal surfaces that contain these dangerous compounds.
  • ​Be mindful of the ingredients in the products you use.

Air Duct Cleaning Combat VOCs

You can do your due diligence and improve your home’s air by avoiding certain household items, but sometimes that isn’t always enough.

The air in your home is typically pulled into the HVAC system and recirculated 5 to 7 times per day. Over time, this recirculation can cause a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork. By having your air ducts properly cleaned, you can improve the ventilation throughout your home and lessen the number of pollutants that could be hiding in your ductwork and in the air you breathe. Contact K-tech Kleening today to schedule a residential air duct cleaning. Your home, and your lungs, will thank you.

Content adapted from original blog published by NADCA

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