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New Year, New Air: Duct Cleaning and Your Health


Many people make New Year’s resolutions related to their health. They vow to eat better, exercise more, and drink plenty of water. Those goals can get really specific such as cutting out specific food groups or quitting smoking. Perhaps you’ve made some specific health-related resolutions this year.

Although specific, actionable goals are good, a lot of people don’t think about simple things that influence our health on a daily basis. For example, your indoor air quality plays a significant role in the healthiness of your home. In fact, duct cleaning in Warner Robins, GA is one of the services we offer that can contribute to better health. Learn what’s potentially lurking in your ducts that could be contributing to less-than-optimal health in your home.

“My House Is Clean, So Why Would My Ducts Be Dirty?” 

Unfortunately, contaminants from the outside can enter your home and affect your indoor air quality (IAQ). These can include pollen, dust, dirt, mold spores, and environmental hazards such as smoke, smog, and even the burning of fossil fuels. Indoor pollutants include biological micro-organisms, pet and human dander, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as paint, household cleansers, aerosols, and disinfectants.

Some issues that squeaky-clean ducts can improve include respiratory problems and the quality of your sleep. Let’s examine how ducts affect indoor air quality in these situations.

Respiratory Problems

All the particulates we’ve mentioned can contribute to a wide range of common respiratory issues from the common cold to asthma. Here’s a list of respiratory problems that poor indoor air quality can exacerbate. 

  • Common cold
  • Flu
  • Asthma
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose and post-nasal drip
  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Runny eyes

If you or any of your household members frequently suffer from any of these ailments, dirty ductwork could be contributing to the problem. Allergies and other respiratory-related conditions can develop at any age. 

For senior citizens and the immunocompromised, poor indoor quality can trigger or exacerbate certain ailments. A recent study showed that “inhaling air pollutants over time triggers systemic inflammation throughout the body, which may lead to or exacerbate a number of autoimmune diseases.” As with respiratory issues, regular duct cleaning is recommended if anyone in your household is elderly or has an autoimmune disorder.

Sleep Problems

People who have allergies or get colds and headaches frequently often have difficulty staying and falling asleep. Poor indoor air quality can also contribute to a bad night’s sleep because it’s related to sleep-disordered breathing in adults. An increased risk of sleep apnea was linked to indoor air pollution in a study from the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. If you or someone in your household is a loud snorer, improving the air quality may result in a better night’s sleep for everyone. 

The ear, nose, and throat discomfort that poor indoor air causes interfere with the quality of your sleep. Even if you manage to sleep through the night, the quality of your sleep might not be optimal. It’s easy to tell if you’ve had a good or a bad night’s sleep based on how rested you feel the next day. 

Experience the Premier Difference. Schedule an appointment with Premier Heating & Air for duct cleaning services today.

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