As you sit here reading this, you are likely inhaling millions of microscopic particulates. Most of these are harmless, and those that can cause harm are often not in high enough concentrations to be a threat. Under certain conditions, however, these airborne contaminants can lower your quality of life. Let’s take a closer look at what these airborne contaminants are, what they can do to you, and how to get rid of them.
You’re probably already aware of a few of these contaminants, especially if you have allergies. Dust and pollen are quite common in homes, and cause allergy attacks in many people. Those aren’t the only lung irritants floating around, however. Dust mites, insect dander, pet dander, and mold spores are common as well. All of these can inflame sinuses, as well as cause sneezing and coughing fits. The other contaminants are, unfortunately, even worse.
Viruses and bacteria are present in many homes, as well. The common cold and flu viruses are both communicable through the air, and are the most common illnesses contracted this way. Oftentimes, the airborne germs in your home are too few to penetrate your body’s natural defenses. There are a few exceptions, however. If someone else in your home becomes sick with one of these, the number of viral or bacterial cells in the air will definitely rise. Low humidity in your home can also lower your body’s defenses by drying out the mucus membranes in your sinuses. This makes infection more likely. So, what can be done about these airborne contaminants?
The ducts in your home are often a haven for germs and other contaminants, due to their dark and out-of-the-way qualities. These contaminants tend to enter the ducts through leaks and other gaps, then build up in the ducts until a forced air system is turned on. At that point they are circulated throughout the house to infect people.
Duct sealing finds and closes any leaks in the ductwork, preventing contaminants from entering the ducts in large numbers. Duct sealing can also include the application of antiseptic to the inside of the ducts, to kill any harmful germs that may already be present.
If you haven’t had your ducts sealed in a while, call Johns Refrigeration. We provide duct sealing throughout the Scottsdale area.