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Breathing easy with cleaner air

Cleaning Air conditioner for a healthier airImage Credit: Supplied

Living in a sealed environment is something that Gulf residents are familiar with, especially during summer when air-conditioners run at full power.

With A/C an imperative in our daily lives, the issue of indoor air quality is something that we need to be ever mindful of. Whether moving into a new home or as a long-term tenant, a biannual duct “deep clean” should be a calendar fixture.

Aside from dirt and dust, the build-up of harmful substances including fungi, bacteria and microbes, and general poor building design and materials or lack of maintenance can result in long-term health problems, from exacerbated allergies to extreme instances of cancer.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoors. The World Allergy Organization put the number of asthma sufferers in the MENA region at 50 million and growing.

The rule of thumb is that if your ducts look dirty, they probably are. We recommend periodically measuring your home’s air quality before you reach this stage.

Hiring a reputable HVAC firm to carry out cleaning is a must. Dirt and other contaminants in the A/C ducts also impact your DEWA bill, wasting between 25 and 40% of energy required to cool the home as the system has to work overtime to achieve a comfortable room temperature of 24 degrees.

Handy Hints
• Indoor air can be five times worse than outside
• Hire a reputed HVAC firm for duct deep cleaning
• Clean A/C ducts can save your health, reduce bill

Source: Lukas Eigenmann, Specia to Classifieds
The writer is Director, Hitches & Glitches