The Air We Breathe

Now is the time of year when people living in the northeastern United States will start battening down for the winter by sealing up their homes to keep the heat in and the cold out.

At the same time, they will be significantly reducing any kind of natural airflow that used to come in through the windows and doors that often remained open on the warm days. And if the heating vent ductwork hasn’t been properly or recently cleaned, firing up that furnace system for the first time of the season is going to send all of the dust and what-not that has accumulated inside the ductwork out into the living areas of the home.

Duct cleaning is a paramount concern this time of year, and the professional removal of any foreign substances in the ducts – ranging from the benign small dust particles to potentially more serious mold growth — will lead to a healthier environment in the home. When your home is a refuge from the ills of the world, you certainly don’t want to get sick from breathing your own household air.

Tired of uncomfortably dry and cracking skin, waking up in the morning with a sore scratchy throat, and getting shocked each time you walk across the carpet and touch something metal? It’s time for a humidifier. Not only will you feel better, but that extra moisture in the air also helps your heating system run at better efficiency. It reduces the amount of dust and contaminants in the air, and ultimately in your lungs.

Still not enough comfort? Well, it’s your home so you deserve to pamper yourself with an air cleaner that actually removes pollutants from the air. But an air cleaner becomes less of a frill and more of a necessity if any member of the family has allergies to dust, pet dander and other household contaminants, or if there are elderly persons or infants in the home who especially need to be kept free from germs.

Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector, too. We’ve discussed it before, but the message can never be stressed enough. Carbon monoxide can kill so take proper precautions before there’s any problem.

For professional advice on all your indoor air quality concerns, call Family Danz today at .