The Coronavirus outbreak is scary for many reasons. Air Duct Cleaning is here to help you, your family, your customers, and your employees breathe easier at home and at work.
Air Duct Cleaning specializes in improving your indoor air quality by removing dust, dirt, debris, allergens, and microorganisms such as bacteria and mildew from your air ducts. The air you breathe influences your overall health and quality of life. Today’s blog answers the question: Can indoor air quality improve symptoms of lung infections?
What Lung Experts Say
The American Lung Association states that poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to infections, lung cancer, and lung diseases. Infections include colds and flu, while lung diseases include asthma, COPD, and bronchitis.
Indoor air pollutants that affect the air quality in your home are numerous. They include, but are not limited to:
- Paint products
- Cleaning supplies and chemicals
- Dust mites
- Mold and dampness
- Pet dander
- Secondhand smoke
Many of these pollutants, such as bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, dust, dust mites, and dander, can build up in your air ducts. When indoor air pollutants increase in your ductwork, the air conditioning starts blowing them all over your house. You can’t see them because most of these pollutants are very small. But your lungs inhale them on a regular basis.
Indoor Air Quality & Coronavirus
Coronavirus is an infection that settles in the lungs. Although hard evidence is scarce, an article in the Washington Post quotes health experts that air pollution increases the risk of lower respiratory infections. It’s one factor that may have caused the outbreak to spread so quickly in China.
The two main pollutants highlighted by the outbreak’s scientists include cigarette smoking and the burning of solid fuels (like wood). When your lungs inhale smoke, they are at a much greater risk for developing an infection.
Air Duct Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality
What if you or a member of your family smokes? What if you live in a home where someone used to smoke? What about older homes with wood-burning fireplaces? Over the years, those pollutants could build up in your air ducts, especially if there’s already a layer of dust in them. You could be inhaling these pollutants in small amounts every day. You may not even know the last time you had your home’s air ducts cleaned.