The kitchen is the heart of your home; therefore, the HVAC system is its lungs. This logic may not have found its way into The Basic Works of Aristotle, but even he might agree that my argument holds water as informal reasoning.
Our homes have an awful lot in common with our bodies, so let me inch out a little farther onto the plank with this: We are what we eat, so we’re probably also what we breathe, right?
When we’re inhaling a bunch of crud, it’s possible that can contribute to feeling like crud – especially when suffering from asthma and allergies.
If you or your children have asthma or allergies, you know how miserable what you breathe can make you feel. You get how important it is to avoid triggers.
But, as busy as you are with your job, family and daily life, it may have not even occurred to you that your home’s air quality could be affecting you more than you realize.
You keep your home clean, but when is the last time you had your home venting and cooling system professionally cleaned? It’s okay if the answer is, “I don’t know,” or “Maybe never, since I just bought this house awhile ago.” We hear that a lot.
We also hear that some people believe you never have to clean your air ducts and that the EPA agrees. In some cases, they’re right. We agree with what Danny Lipford of Today’s Homeowner says about those times when it is important, though.
Asthma and allergy contaminants that trigger adverse reactions build up over time. Just consider how all of these things do the same, left unattended:
- Pet dander – Pets shed dead skin, just like humans.
- Pet hair and fur – Humans shed a lot of hair each day. Just think how much pet fur and hair is released daily, too.
- Dust – Is there anywhere that there is no dust? It really doesn’t seem so bad until we slow down and remember that it contains dust mites.
- Chemicals – All of the household and personal item sprays don’t just leave your home. The particles that landed and then dried in your air ducts are recirculated through your HVAC system again and again, along with everything else.
- Mold – Homes that have endured water damage or flooding have usually developed mold and mildew. While a lot of that was removed with cleanup, mold spores may also be in ducts
- Insect and rodent droppings – Though usually out of sight, we have to remember that bugs and mice have to live somewhere. They usually prefer to be out of sight.
So where do all of these things go? Just because you’ve wiped, scrubbed, vacuumed, or removed them doesn’t mean that they’re gone. They’re cycled through your house every time your air conditioning or furnace kicks in and blows the air and all the dust, dander, hair, and more on the floors back through.
Any of these items may trigger asthma and allergy symptoms in you or your children. It can get so frustrating. So, what can you do?
Carpet cleaning, too, you ask? If it’s needed, yes. Here’s the rub: clean carpet and clean ducts work together to create a healthy situation, just like when your heart and your lungs are both in good shape.
You need trusted professionals with a history of doing the right thing by their clients and not recommending something when it isn’t needed. Green Clean’s carpet cleaning agents are made from grapefruit seed extract and contain no chemicals. With the right products and knowledgeable professionals, we can make your home and indoor air safe and healthy for you, your children and your pets.