Aardvark Newsletter No. 29
Inside this issue :
Facts about Air duct Cleaning
Fox News reports that allergy season has come earlier in some parts of the country, thanks to the unseasonable mild weather.
“With the higher concentration of carbon dioxide in the air, plants seem to produce more potent pollen,” said Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist and president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Why the early sniffles? The warmer winter can cause trees to pollinate earlier. In addition, some studies have shown that pollen season is not only getting earlier, but the pollen is getting more potent.
Making things worse for allergy sufferers, a combination of mild weather and rain can lead to an increase in mold spore counts as well.
What can you do?
- Allergists recommend that people who know they’re allergic to certain pollens start medication before allergy season starts.
- Clean your air duct system. Pollen and mold spores can get trapped in your duct work, which means that it’s being continuously circulated throughout the air you breathe at home.
Facts on Air Duct Cleaning:
9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust. (LCES Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service)
Clean systems restore capacity and lesson running time, Translation: Savings on monthly Heating/Cooling bills. (LCES)
A buildup of 0.042 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease of efficiency by 21%. (EPA Environmental Protection Agency)
Most commercially purchased fiberglass filters are only 7% efficient in stopping dirt, dust pollen, etc …from passing through it. (ASHRAE)
50% of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. ( American College of Allergist)
1 out of 6 people who suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to the fungi and bacteria in the duct system. ( Total Health and Better Health Magazine)
Legionnaire’s disease was spawned in air conditioning ducts. It killed 29 people in 1976. (American Lung Association)
In the summer of 1988, at least 8 people dies in Los Angeles are from Legionnaire’s disease ( Modesto Bee 9/22/88)
Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air the breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where concentrations are higher. (Dept. of Consumer Affairs)
The elderly, asthmatics, people with breathing problems like allergies, and lung disease are also more sensitive to pollutants. ( Dept. of Consumer Affairs)
Most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors. ( American Lung Association)
Indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. (EPA Environmental Protection Agency)
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