How Your Duct System Affects Air Quality
The average duct system in the Tampa Bay area is between 25 and 30 years old. Many homeowners are unaware that their outdated duct system is diminishing indoor air quality. This is not surprising considering the duct system is hidden from sight. Although you can’t see the problem with an outdated duct system, you may be feeling the effects.
An outdated, improperly sealed duct system may result in:
- Conditioned air escaping from the ducts into the unfinished areas of the home, such as the attic or basement
- Reduction in home comfort
- Higher utility bills
- An increase in bacteria, mold, and dust in the air
When poor indoor air quality is caused by an outdated, leaky duct system, the solution is ductwork replacement or repair. We can set up an indoor air quality test and inspect your duct system to determine if faulty ducts are to blame for pollutants in the air in your home. If the problem is in the duct system, we can provide ductwork replacement or repair services.
How to Improve Basement Air Quality
Maintaining air quality in basements can be a challenge for homeowners. Basements, by nature of being underground, are already moist and can develop unpleasant smells. There are proactive solutions homeowners can take to improve their basement air quality. Those solutions are:
1. Clean the Air – Using an air purifier to clean the air is a great way to filter out floating contaminants like dust, mold spores, bacteria, and more.
2. Dry the Basement Out – Most problems with the air quality in basements comes from dampness and humidity. The simplest way to combat humidity and dampness is with a dehumidifier set up in the basement.
3. Keep Windows Closed – Contrary to popular belief, keeping windows open to improve air quality in basements is not true. Keeping basement windows open can cause the humidity to rise and increase mold growth.
4. Ventilation – Proper air ventilation is key to indoor air quality. Many basements are, unfortunately, poorly ventilated which doesn’t circle out older air for cleaner fresher air.
5. Seal Cracks and Gaps – Leaving gaps and cracks unsealed promotes humidity and unclean air to enter the basement and contaminate the indoor air already present in the basement.
If you have any questions on these solutions for improving basement air quality, or want to get started on improving your home’s indoor air quality, contact the experts at ProTek Roofing, Heating & Air to get started today!