It’s no secret that breathing clean air is good for you. Air filters are your home’s first line of defense against poor indoor air quality. However: air takes the path of least resistance. This means that once your filter can no longer allow air to pass through the air finds a way around the filter. This lands a whole lot of undesirable particles and debris in your ducts and circulates them back into your home’s air supply.
Airborne Contaminants Commonly Found in Dirty Air Ducts
Air filters act like a “catcher’s mitt” for everything in your home that you don’t want to breathe. For example:
Pet hair and dander
In the era of COVID-19, having clean indoor air in your home or business is essential. While research is still be conducted to determine what effects the virus may have on our indoor air quality, you can take steps to protect your home and loved ones from disease by increasing ventilation in your home and changing your air filters regularly.
How Often Should Air Filters Be Changed?
When a filter gets dirty it loses its ability to do its job. Changing your air filter every one to three months is the easiest and most cost-effective way to improve the quality of your home’s indoor air and protect your HVAC unit from premature breakdowns.
Common Duct Cleaning Scams to Watch Out For
Duct cleaning can be a great way to improve that quality of the air in your home, but buyer beware—some companies will use scare tactics or deeply discounted pricing to scam you into services you don’t actually require. The Better Business Bureau investigated several complaints about ‘bait and switch’ tactics employed by scammers in the early 2010s. Complaints had become so rampant by consumers at this time that a report by Inside Edition highlighted fraudulent practices by a low priced duct cleaning company.
Keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs of a scam:
Deals Are Final: Deals are non-refundable, and customers will likely never have the opportunity to contact the seller again. Do your homework ahead of time before buying from a company with this policy.
Limited Information about the Seller: Scammers will try to hide their true identities. Advertisements and websites may not include contact information about the seller, to avoid any potential lawsuits or backlash.
Confusing Pricing Terms: Seller tries to confuse buyers with misleading quotes or payment terms.
The best ways to prevent falling prey to a scam are to do your research and ask questions—working with locally owned companies is one of the easiest ways to prevent a scam.
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