Air Duct Allergies

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air-duct-allergiesDuct cleaning has grown rapidly as an industry since the 1990’s primarily due to the advertising campaigns utilized by these firms. The average advertising campaign states that indoor air quality problems from dirty ducts are the primary cause of allergies and asthma symptoms.

Dirty Duct Allergies

The fact of the matter is, dirty air ducts are a symptom of a larger problem which exist in most homes throughout the United States. My best analogy to understand the source of the real problem is that; the air ducts are the lungs of the home and if they are getting dirty, then the occupants of the home are breathing dirty air. The real problem is a control problem.

Controlling Allergens

Dirty ducts are simply an outcome of a lack of “particle control” methods. Ducts become dirty from the accumulation of various dust particles which can include airborne allergens. The key to reducing allergy symptoms caused by the typical airborne allergens found in the average home environment, is to implement particle control measures over a period of time. Some of the most common airborne allergens found to cause allergy symptoms are:

  • Tree and Grass Pollen
  • Dust Mites Feces and Mite parts
  • Other insect parts
  • Mold particles

The above allergens listed above are just a few of the many allergens which can be measured in the typical home environment. Here are some tips you can use now which are proven methods for reducing allergy symptoms in the home:

  1. Keep your pets outdoors as much as possible. If you allow them inside, keep them from getting on the furniture and going into your bedroom.
  2. Use a HEPA vacuum for all dust related cleaning in the indoor environment of your home.
  3. Use a HEPA air purifier in the rooms of your home you spend the most time in.
  4. Use high-quality “pleated” filters in your HVAC system.

Relief of your allergy symptoms may be realized within a period of 1-2 months by utilizing the above tips. If you want to get results even faster, then vacuum every single surface you can in the home with a HEPA vacuum daily for the first week and then weekly thereafter. And another plus, you probably will never need to have your ducts cleaned.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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