Dryer Vents, IAQ and Humidity: The Surprising Dangers Lurking In Your Gretna Home
Many people don’t realize some of the dangers lurking in their Gretna, Louisiana, homes because of their HVAC system and dryer. Be on the lookout for these three dangers in your home.
Dryer Vent Fires
You probably don’t pay too much attention to your dryer vents beyond cleaning them occasionally. Built-up lint in your dryer and vent are known to cause fires in the home. All it takes is a spark from your dryer to catch the buildup of lint on fire. In fact, dryer lint is the leading cause of dryer fires in the United States.
Make sure to clean out the filter every time you use the dryer. About every three months make sure to clean the vent pipe as well. If your dryer doesn’t seem to be working efficiently, call in an expert for a professional cleaning.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Your home is especially susceptible to poor IAQ during the summer and winter when you have the house closed up tight and are running your HVAC system at full blast. Make sure to check your HVAC filters regularly to prevent them from getting dirty or clogged. Have your ducts cleaned to prevent poor IAQ from there as well. Sweep and dust with a wet rag to keep dirt and dust from accumulating. Brush or groom pets regularly to prevent poor IAQ from their fur or pet dander.
Louisiana residents are no stranger to high humidity, but you might not realize the health hazards it can cause inside your home. Dust mites and bacteria thrive in places with high humidity, causing increased allergies and other health concerns. High humidity can also prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. If you notice the humidity in your home feels greater than normal, invest in a dehumidifier to help get humidity levels in check.
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