Is your health at risk?
One of the advantages of living in Tomball is that we don´t have the pollution levels experienced by Houstonians. However, it does not mean we are completely out of the danger zone. Many pollutants can travel great distanced carried over by wind. This is true for PM 2.5, particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less. These are known to cause many respiratory problems and allergies.
Moreover, indoor air can be a lot more contaminated than we think.
As outside pollutants enter your home through your HVAC system, doors and windows, they adhere to your air duct surfaces, filters and carpetry. This is especially dangerous if your ventilation systems are not working properly, or if your filters and ducts get clogged as these particles do not find their way out. Dirty air ducts and filters are known to cumulate and recycle particles back inside your home, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold growth.
To make matters worse, we produce our own pollutants at home. Residues from hygiene and cleaning products, cooking, smoking, dead skin, pet hair and dandruff all float in the air. They get sucked by the vent system, or settle on carpets and furniture. If your ventilation system is not working properly (due to clogged air ducts and filters), these particles get recycled and inhaled by home dwellers.
The most common symptoms of having poor indoor air quality are:
- Watery eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Digestive problems
If you notice any of these, it is time to call the air quality experts from All States Air Duct Pro in Tomball.