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Filtration-Based Air Duct CleaningMost forms of air duct cleaning rely on some kind of filter built into the ventilation system itself. These filters physically remove particles and gases from the air that is circulated in the air ducts in order to maintain purity and cleanliness. Much like with stand-alone air purifiers, there are multiple types of filters that can be used in these systems to specifically target different contaminants. HEPA Filters: HEPA filters are the most basic form of filtration usually employed in air duct systems. These filters will remove 99.97% of any solid particles that are greater than 0.3 microns in diameter. HEPA filtration is excellent for targeting pollen, airborne matter, dust and other such particles, as well as most mold spores. Carbon Filtration: Though HEPA filters are excellent for solid particles, they cannot reduce levels of gases in the air. For this, carbon filtration is required. Carbon filters used the naturally porous properties of refined carbon combined with special chemical treatments to trap and bind potentially harmful gases in the air. This type of filtration is especially important in industrial facilities, where harmful gases can easily build up from even basic manufacturing processes. Titanium Dioxide Filtration: Used in conjunction with UV lights (discussed independently below), titanium dioxide filters form what is known as a photocatalytic filtration system. This type of system uses water in the presence of organic gases and the titanium catalyst to form hydroxyl molecules, which have properties useful in both neutralizing harmful gases and killing microorganisms,such as bacteria and viruses.
Non Filtration-Based Air Duct CleaningThough many forms of air duct cleaning rely solely on some type of filter, there are others that do not. Following are some of the most non-filter methods of keeping air ducts clean. UV Light: Though most effective when used in conjunction with a titanium dioxide filter, UV light on its own is very effective for neutralizing viruses, bacteria and mold spores in the air. Many hospitals make use of UV lights to maintain cleanroom environments, and this same principle can be applied in any home or commercial facility. Probiotic Sprays: A recently developed method of keeping air ducts clean is to use probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, to populate the surface inside of an HVAC system. While this may seem counterintuitive at first, it is extremely effective, as the beneficial bacteria take up space and food sources that otherwise would allow harmful bacterial colonies to grow. To learn more about this relatively new development in the world of air purification, check out our line of probiotic air purifiers. Professional Cleaning: Though the rest of these options are excellent for using to maintain clean air ducts in the future, it may be that you will need a physical air duct cleaning before you can successfully implement any of them. Air ducts that have gone uncleaned for long periods of time may require a thorough cleaning before new filters or non-filtration cleaning methods can be put into place. This kind of cleaning can cost several hundred dollars, which is one of the best arguments for making use of at least one other type of passive cleaning method.
How Are Higher Temperatures and Spring Pollen Linked?When spring comes early and with higher than average temperatures, plants begin to produce pollen at a faster rate than in cooler years. Early warm weather also brings plants out earlier, making for an allergy season that is both longer and more intense than average. This can happen anytime that warm weather sets in earlier than usual, but is particularly likely to occur at the end of an El Nino cycle, which is the case in 2016. This natural weather cycle can cause high levels of spring pollen and, in turn, very severe allergic reactions in those with pollen allergies.
How to Manage Your Spring AllergiesIn a heavy allergy season, managing your allergies can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Here are a few basic steps you can take to manage your allergies with high spring pollen levels:
- Try to stay inside during the warmest parts of the day, when pollen levels will be at their highest.
- Keep your house closed up as much as possible. Central air systems can be used to circulate air within your house to keep it from getting too stuffy. If you need to open your windows for some fresh air, try to keep them open only at night.
- Change your clothes immediately after spending time outdoors. Pollen can settle on your clothing and cause you to experience allergy symptoms for the rest of the day.
- Use an air purification system at home and, if possible, at work. Keeping the air around you free of pollen is the best way to manage your allergies. Check out our line of high-quality residential air purifiers to find a unit that is right for your needs.
How Does Air Pollution Affect Diabetes Risk?Though the study showed a substantial correlation between exposure to air pollution (specifically excess levels of ozone and particulate contamination) and certain risk factors for diabetes, the exact mechanism that causes the link is not yet understood. In the study of 1,000 individuals, it was found that air pollution exposure over a period of two months led to a significant increase in cholesterol and a reduced ability to process sugars, as well as a decreased insulin sensitivity. all major contributing factors to type 2 diabetes. The study concluded that air pollution could be a significant risk factor for diabetes, especially for those with a family history of the disease. The risk, according to the findings, was greatest for those living in large cities, which statistically have much higher levels of air pollution due to manufacturing facilities and large numbers of vehicles. The risk increase from air pollution, however, can affect anyone who is exposed to air pollution.
How Can You Protect Yourself?These findings are a major concern for many people who are already at risk for diabetes because, up until now, it has been generally assumed that most risk factors for type 2 diabetes are easily controllable. Proper diet and exercise are two of the easiest and best ways to control the potential for diabetes. But with the knowledge that diabetes can be contributed to by something as simple as the air we breathe, creating a comprehensive plan to limit your own risk of diabetes becomes a bit more difficult than just eating right and exercising. Fortunately, there are still ways to control this newly discovered risk factor. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done about the quality of outside air. Indoor air quality, on the other hand, is much easier to control. Using a good air purifier to remove air pollution from the air in your home is the best way to at least limit the potential for increased risk of diabetes from air pollution. While a HEPA air purifier is an excellent option for reducing particulate pollution, the most comprehensive protection will come from a combination HEPA and VOC air purifier that will remove both particles and organic gases from the air around you. Some of the best options are: contact us with your questions, and we'll respond with an answer as quickly as we can!
What Makes Air Duct Cleaning so Important?When used for heating, cooling or fan-only air circulation, air ducts deliver air to most or all of the rooms in a home. The problem, however, is the buildup of dust, mold spores, harmful bacteria and other materials that can occur inside the ducts themselves. Because every part of an HVAC system other than the vent covers that usually cover the ducts where they terminate is difficult to access and clean, most people never realize just how many contaminants their air ducts are introducing into their immediate environment. This problem is just as real in commercial and office properties, where HVAC systems can run throughout the entirety of large buildings. In order to get rid of these harmful contaminants, some form of air duct cleaning is required.
How Can You Keep Your Air Ducts Clean?Obviously, cleaning your air ducts is a larger project than simply dusting around the house because of how difficult the insides of the ducts are to access. There are several ways that you can keep your air ducts clean and prevent them from introducing harmful contaminants into the air you, your co-workers or your family are breathing. Here are a few of the top ways to clean air ducts.
Use Proper HVAC FiltersAll HVAC systems feature some kind of filter that catches large particulates, such as dust and pet hair. However, you can greatly increase the filtering capability of your system by using better filters, especially HEPA filters, in your HVAC system. These filters will cost a few more dollars than their less effective counterparts, but are well worth the added expense. Even if you do nothing else to clean and treat your air ducts, a simple filter change can go a long way toward reducing the amount of particulate contamination you are exposed to because of your HVAC system.
Use Air Purifiers Around Your HomeMaking use of residential air purifiers can help to mitigate particulate buildup in your ducts in two key ways. Firstly, it will catch any dust, dander, pollen or other contaminants that are introduced into your air by your HVAC system so that they will not affect the quality of your air nearly as much. Secondly, by removing airborne dust and other particulates from the air that is cycled into the HVAC system, a good air purifier can help to prevent buildup in your ducts in the first place.
Hire an Air Duct Cleaning ServiceMost HVAC companies will offer air duct cleaning services. Having a professional clean your ducts will ensure that you will have very little to worry about in terms of contamination. However, these services can be quite expensive. Be prepared to spend between $3-500 (more for large or commercial buildings) per cleaning if you plan to go this route.
Use an HVAC Surface PurifierOne of the latest innovations in the area of air duct cleaning is the use of probiotic surface purifiers inside the duct work of an HVAC system to neutralize the particulate matter that builds up inside the system. Probiotics are bacteria that are beneficial to human health, usually taken either in foods or as supplements to promote optimal natural health. A revolutionary new company, BetterAir, has recently taken the concept of probiotics and incorporated it into air and surface cleaning applications. These probiotics, when introduced to an HVAC system, deplete the resources of harmful bacteria and help to neutralize pollen and mold spores, substantially reducing the problems that can be caused by these contaminants. When inhaled in the air, these beneficial bacteria can also help to promote optimal health, just like ingested probiotics. BetterAir offers three different versions of its probiotic HVAC surface purifier:
ConclusionIf you are serious about using clean air to naturally promote better health, cleaning your air ducts is essential. Whether you simply change your filters, use specially formulated probiotics to neutralize contaminants and boost your overall health or hire cleaners to remove buildup from your air ducts, getting rid of the dust, pollen, mold and other substances that collects in your HVAC system is essential. Still have questions about how to deal with your air duct cleaning needs? We're here to help! Contact us to ask what the best route is for your needs, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!
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