Are Dirty Air Ducts Making You Sick?
Your home's HVAC system is a crucial component of not only your home but also your wellbeing. If you ever notice, no matter how often you clean your home there seems to always be dust day after day, the source may be your heating and air conditioning system, especially the air ducts. This dust can be a hassle to constantly clean and can cause ill symptoms for months at a time. Accumulated dirt and debris can prevent your HVAC system from functioning properly or allow proper filtration of the airflow, which can increase illnesses. The EPA lists indoor air quality as one of its top five environmental risks to public health. Here are ways dirty air ducts are making you sick, and how to prevent it.
Indoor air pollutants are a serious problem that can cause many different symptoms and illnesses. Dirty air ducts in your home are a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and fungus. When left uncleaned for extended periods, these dark and moist areas in the air ducts create perfect conditions for mold and mildew to grow, while jeopardizing the quality of air circulating throughout your home. Being exposed to these contaminants by breathing the air in your home, can likely cause you to develop respiratory symptoms. The following are common symptoms due to dirty air ducts:
•Sneezing, watery eyes • Sore throat • Nasal congestion • Rashes • Headaches • Asthma attacks • Coughing • Allergies
If you have pre-existing respiratory conditions, you risk making your condition worse if the air ducts in your home are dirty. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, the contaminants can intensify the symptoms and cause more attacks. If you notice an increased frequency or severity of symptoms during the year when you shouldn’t be getting sick, you should have your home’s air ducts cleaned and inspected by a professional.
Mold and mildew can also cause musty odors to circulate into the home and if it is not removed, will continue to grow, and spread in the air ducts. In addition to the growth of harmful contaminants, dirty air ducts attract insects and rodents. These unwanted pests often carry diseases and viruses. The only way to eliminate these issues is to have professional air duct cleaning.
Importance of duct cleaning
Your home can be a safe environment with clean fresh air by keeping the air ducts clean. Replacing your air filters regularly and having annual air duct cleanings performed by a professional can reduce allergens and remove any build-up of harmful contaminants. It also reduces the amount of dusting to maintain a clean home. Regular air duct cleaning not only improves the air quality in your home but has other important benefits. Your HVAC system needs to function properly to heat and cool your home. Having your system cleaned and inspected will keep it working at its peak performance, which results in reduced energy being used and can lower your electricity bills. Regular maintenance extends the life of your system and helps prevent costly repairs.
Maintenance in your home is an important part of being a homeowner and air duct cleaning should not be neglected, because the air quality in your home is important for the health and safety of you and your family. Poor air quality has harmful effects on your health, so it’s essential to have clean air ducts. To schedule a professional air duct cleaning or to learn more about our services call (719) 494-1440 or visit us at Blues Carpet Cleaning & Air Ducts today. We will ensure a thorough duct cleaning, so your home’s air quality is clean!