According to Greenguard, 72 percent of the average person’s exposure to harmful chemicals occurs at home. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Louisiana home can lead to increased asthma and allergy symptoms, respiratory problems, and other negative consequences. If you want to protect your family from harmful irritants and airborne toxins, increase your home’s indoor air quality with these strategies.

Install Air Purifiers

As fall introduces the first crisp bites of cold air, your home becomes vulnerable to a fresh onslaught of allergens. Air purifiers help trap allergy-inducing irritants and keep your home’s air safe for your family to breathe. The small, portable air purifiers you can find at big box stores, however, don’t offer enough power to cleanse the air in your entire home.

A more efficient option lies in American Standard’s CleanEffects and FreshEffects air cleaners. These powerful appliances offer a whole-house filtration system that traps far more irritants and contaminants than your standard air filter. They rid the air of viruses and bacteria as well as allergens, which makes them a powerful ally in your quest to keep your family healthy.

Have Your Ducts Cleaned or Replaced

When you neglect to clean your air ducts for years at a time, dust, pollen, and other irritants get trapped in the bends and folds of the ducts. Tears in the lining can admit even more contaminants as well as moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. A trained HVAC specialist can check your ducts and decide whether they need to be cleaned or replaced.

Certain lifestyle factors can increase the frequency with which ducts should be cleaned. For example, if you count three shaggy dogs among your family members, the fur and dander they shed contribute to the build-up of irritants in your ducts. Similarly, if you remodel your kitchen, the dust produced during demolition can likewise necessitate an immediate cleaning.

Installing air cleaners and repairing or cleaning your ducts will improve your home’s indoor air quality. To discuss IAQ solutions, call Bryans United Air Conditioning at 504-208-2071.

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