As a homeowner, you understandably want to take excellent care of your property. It also is the place that you and your loved ones call home, and you want to keep your home clean, healthy, safe, and well-maintained. It is easy to overlook your air ducts. With their hidden location in your walls, floors, or ceiling, the primary visible sign of their presence is the air vents located in each of your rooms. But they have a tremendous amount of exposure to pollutants, and can hold toxins in your home.
1.) What Is Inside Your Air Ducts
Each time your HVAC system turns on, climate-controlled air circulates throughout the home by passing through a series of ducts in your walls and ceiling and through air vents. This air may contain numerous particles, such as dust, dirt, pet dander, bacteria, mold spores, outdoor air pollution, and more. A significant amount of these particles blow out of the vents and spread into the air that circulates into your rooms, but some of the matter remains in the air ducts and builds up. Even though you may have filters on the system, over time, a thick layer of unhealthy particles will form. Some of these particles on the superficial layers will become dislodged by the force of air passing through the ducts, and this can make the air inside your home even dirtier. In the least, the air passing over the build up in the ducts becomes contaminated with toxins that can be harmful to you and your families health.
2.) What Happens If You Do Not Clean Your Air Ducts
Because of the elements that may be found in your air ducts, it is important to clean your them regularly. Many of the particles and elements found in air ducts can make you and your loved ones sick. The dirtier your ducts are, the greater the impact may be on your home’s indoor air quality. The air inside your home can actually be more unhealthy than the outside air. This can cause respiratory illnesses, skin rashes and more in anyone who spends time in your home. Remember that air ducts are fragile and can be difficult to properly access and clean without proper tools. Skilled professionals with proper education and tools should clean your air ducts for the best results, and to prevent unnecessary damage to your ducts.
3.) How Frequently You Should Clean Your Air Ducts
Generally, you should schedule professional air duct cleaning at least once every 2 years, but you may need more frequently cleaning if you have pets, or if people living your home have severe allergies. You may notice signs of dirty air ducts by checking the cleanliness of your vents, or by peering into the visible areas of the ducts. Dirty air ducts may also make it difficult to keep dust off of your furniture for more than a few hours, and you may also notice that your home smells musty or dirty.
As you can see, keeping your home’s air ducts clean is very important. If you have not scheduled air duct cleaning recently, or if you have noticed signs of dirty air ducts, now is a great time to schedule service for your home.
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