If there is one thing that we all have in common, it’s breathing. For the most part, this is a thoughtless action that we do for mere survival. And again, for the most part, that works for us, but have you ever thought about what exactly you are breathing in?

Sure, you have probably thought about the air around you, OUTSIDE, but what about the air in your home? I am willing to bet that you haven’t, and believe it or not, there is a chance that the air in your home is equivalent or worse than the air in a bustling city. If there is one thing that we know about air pollution other than the haze it puts on the city skyline, it’s that it is terrible for your health.

So how do you fix this issue? It’s hot outside. You are naturally going to continue to run your AC for comfort.

The solution is simple – get your air ducts cleaned and mold tested. For those of you who do not know, your air ducts are a major part of the heating and air system in your home. They are essentially how the heated or cooled air makes its way to the vents that you have strategically placed throughout your living space, keeping you comfortable regardless of the temperature outside.

Well just like any surface, the surfaces located inside of your air ducts can build up dust, debris, and if they are not properly installed, mold. There is also a chance that different living things that belong in the outdoors have made a new home in your air ducts. And because these ducts are a direct track to your home, the dust, debris, mold, or even waste will make its way into your home – which means you are breathing in all of this unwanted stuff.

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So how do you clean your air ducts? Well, I strongly advise that you do not even come close to attempting this task on your own. Call a professional. While this can sometimes be a pricey service, averaging a starting price around $500, a professional can also determine if your air ducts are properly installed and if your home needs to be mold tested. Air ducts that are clean, and efficiently installed will not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also improve the air flow if obstructions were removed, which means warmer winters and cooler summers.

When calling upon the service of a professional, it is important to keep in mind that you are hiring a contractor. Make sure that you do your research before bringing in anyone to work on your home. Review sites like Angie’s List are a great way to determine the quality and skill sets of your local contractors. Also, study up on the different services that you might be able to get to help keep your ducts clean for longer. There are different sealants and chemicals that many contractors use to prevent mold and buildup within your ducts. And of course, as previously mentioned, mold testing may need to occur in your home to determine if your living conditions are safe.

Improving the indoor air quality of your home doesn’t have to be a difficult process. To ensure the health of you and your family, make sure that you do your research and hire a professional to take a look at your air ducts and start breathing better in no time!