Healthy living is what all of us want, and you must be aware of the importance of maintaining good air quality within your home and its surroundings.  Yes, the indoor air quality or IAQ determines the health of the inhabitants. The easiest way of controlling the quality of air inside homes is to prevent the outside air from entering it. Once you can ensure that the outdoor air does not find its way inside the house, you can minimize the chances of contaminating the air quality inside homes. To achieve the target by ensuring that there is proper air circulation inside the house you have to install centralized Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. The HVAC system uses proper air filters to ensure that the air that enters the system and circulates inside the home is free from harmful polluting elements.

The source of indoor air pollutants

The pollutants in the indoor air mainly comprise of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are particulate matters generated from several household cleaners, detergents, and paints. Also, various activities like cooking, smoking, itching and walking inside homes wearing outdoor shoes all contribute in generating polluting particulate matters that float in the air. However, the biggest threat comes from molds that grow in the air ducts of HVAC systems and make life miserable.

How much bad is the indoor air quality

Indoor air pollution can have significant harmful effects on the health of the inhabitants. Although we assume that the indoor air is cleaner than outdoor air, the reality is quite different.  Studies carried out by EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) shows that the levels of indoor air pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air and there are instances when it crosses 100 times. Since people spend the majority of the time indoors, controlling the indoor air quality becomes very important.  While it is possible to control the domestic activities to keep pollution under check, keeping air-conditioning ducts free from mold growth is the biggest challenge that homeowners face. Therefore, it is essential to know how to get rid of mold in air ducts.

The smell tells it all

Before you set out to clean molds from the air ducts of the HVAC system, you need confirmation that molds have grown in the ducts. Since molds are not easily visible and it is difficult to access the ducts to check its insides, you have to sniff the air inside the home to know about the growth of molds. If the air has a musty smell, something that you experience when flipping through the pages of some very old books whose pages have turned reddish brown, then it is a clear sign that you have molds in the air ducts.

Molds can cause severe allergic reactions. If you start sneezing or experience rashes on your body and have respiratory problems on entering any room, be sure that molds are the cause for it. Arranging for its immediate removal is the only remedy.   

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