Chicago air pollution is bad, so can an air duct cleaner help you breath easier?

Chicago air pollution is bad, so can an air duct cleaner help you breath easier?

Many people move to the Midwest for more job opportunities. Even dating back centuries ago, the Illinois economy boomed from the introduction of steel mills. While industrial growth has contributed to Chicagoland prosperity, there’s one downside ... it's our toxic air pollution. 

Yep, that’s right. It may come as no surprise that in 2005, Cook County, Illinois, ranked the worst in the nation for air pollution. 

Less-than-pristine air doesn’t mean you should pack your bags and move away. Keeping your home and office air ducts in tip-top shape can dramatically reduce your exposure to air pollutants. 

So what’s a homeowner to do?  Keeping a clean home and regularly changing filters can certainly improve your air quality and can save up to $460 per year on maintenence.

Even after careful maintenance, your air ducts may need a professional’s touch if you see things like buildup of dust or debris or signs of rodent infestation. Sometimes holes in the HVAC system can allow unwanted critters and pollutants in, even if you're changing your filter regularly. That's when it's time to call a professional to see what needs to be done.

For more information on keeping your system clean and how much you should be spending on an air duct cleaner check out Angie's List's Duct Tales graphic.

Just like any other home maintenance service, air duct cleaners vary in terms of reliability and professionalism. Save yourself the heartache and choose a well-acclaimed expert. You’ll want to read peer reviews to avoid the air duct cleaners who just "blow and go."

In sum, air duct cleaning, while not endorsed by the EPA for air quality, can help your system run smoother. It will also extend the life of your HVAC by removing large buildups of dust and debris, as well as finding problems in your system you may not know about. Search Angie's List to find top-rated Chicago air duct cleaners.


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