Your air ducts are one of many sources by which allergens, mold, fungus and dirt can enter your home. Everything you do in your home has the potential to pollute your air ducts. This is especially harmful if you smoke or if you have had a fire or a gas or chemical issue in your home. We stir up dust and other pollutants every time we walk across our carpet, sit down on our furniture or cook a meal in our kitchen.
While experts and health professionals are careful not to point to dirty air ducts as the only source of contaminants in your home, cleaning them out will give the bad stuff one less place to hide.
There are many reasons you should clean your air ducts.
Duct work is cool and dark – the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and fungus. If you have had visible mold, mildew or fungus growth in your home in the past, there is a very good chance that it is in your air ducts as well. Having your ducts cleaned periodically will keep these potentially harmful organisms out of your home. These things are usually just eyesores, but in extreme cases, they can make you or your loved ones very sick.
- Insects and rodents
Bugs, mice and even the occasional snake all like to cozy up in places they aren’t likely to be seen, like your air ducts. These creatures can cause damage be eating holes through your duct work, and having them live unseen in your home can make you sick if they are leaving droppings behind in the air ducts. In addition to the unpleasantness of knowing you are sharing your home with bugs and rodents, you are also putting your home at risk for damages and your family in danger of getting sick.
Dust mites and small dust particles can be particularly aggravating for someone who has respiratory issues. It is impossible to get rid of all of them; they are everywhere we are. However, you can be proactive in their removal from your air ducts. They can also be more harmful to young children and older people. Even healthy people without any respiratory complications can begin to experience symptoms if enough allergens are present. These symptoms can include headaches, fuzzy thinking, and unexplained skin rashes.
Keeping your air ducts clean can also boost the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. This is especially true if the ducts are very dirty. Everything that is in the ducts cycles through your home and can end up inside your air conditioning unit, so it’s best to keep a regular check on your air ducts and have them cleaned if necessary. The unit itself works hard enough, and there’s no sense in putting unnecessary stress on it with dirty air ducts.
Call a certified heating and air conditioning professional today if you think your air ducts need to be cleaned. When it’s done, you’ll experience all these great benefits!