It wasn’t too long ago that I thought nothing about the air I breathe inside our household.
While the air quality outdoors often garnered our attention, the inside air didn’t raise a blip on our radar. I installed a whole household air purifier in our Heating & Air Conditioning air handler a couple of years ago. It has done a great job of reducing allergens plus other terrible stuff in the household air. I figured that was all I needed. I was wrong though. There were rodent droppings showing up in nearly every area of the household. But, they were showing up in the most conspicuous locations. It took me a few days to realize that the rodent droppings were coming from the vents in the ceiling. An immediate call was placed to the exterminator who informed me that our system of ductwork was infested with rodents. Evidently, they were able to slip into the gaps in the ductwork because it had sagged plus broken the seals. As soon as I had the rodent situation taken care of I called the heating plus cooling folks. They sent out a crew to thoroughly scrub all the air ducts throughout our household. I was impressed by their attention to detail. But, I was repulsed by the amount of crud that came out of our system of ductwork. Once the ducts were cleaned, they resealed all of the joints to prevent this from occurring again. They also proposed I get someone out to completely seal the perimeter of the attic to help mitigate the rodents getting in at all. I believe the lesson is it takes more than just a simple air purifier to keep the air entirely clean in your home. You got to get the ductwork cleaned as well!