Many of these can cause chronic suffering and asthma, especially for those who are more susceptible, like young children, the elderly, and anyone who suffers from respiratory problems or auto-immune disorders.
Wondering what’s lurking in your indoor air? With simple everyday activities, we generate all sorts of unseen contaminants and air pollutants like dirt, dust, pet dander, cigarette smoke, and chemicals. And just like those easy-to-see surfaces in your home that get dirty over time, your home’s HVAC system pulls all those contaminants and pollutants right into your air ducts — and then recirculates that air throughout your home an average of five to seven times per day!
Then there’s mold. It’s perhaps the most bothersome allergen for many Americans. Mold and mildew can lurk all around your home, including in your HVAC system’s duct work. If left undetected or ignored, mold growth can turn into a serious issue, not only for the structure of your home, but for the health of everyone living under its roof.
Believe it or not, despite routinely replacing filters, your home’s HVAC system gets really dirty with regular, everyday use; and since your air ducts are a favorite hiding place for dust, dirt, and allergens to linger, those dirty ducts can contribute to larger health issues, especially for those with respiratory conditions, auto-immune disorders, or asthma and allergies. All those indoor air pollutants can also lead to irritated eyes, nose, and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
That’s why May and June are particularly great times to get your air ducts cleaned — with so much added pollen and allergens entering your home in early spring, it’s always a good idea to get them cleaned out before they get a chance to really linger!
Dust and vacuum regularly.
Keeping your home dust-free will help your air filters work more efficiently, which can lead to improved indoor air quality. By using a damp microfiber cloth or vacuuming regularly, you can help minimize the amount of dust and debris floating around in your home.
Of course, as temperatures drop you want to keep the warm air inside, but the downside of a tightly sealed home is that contaminants can be trapped inside! Weather permitting, open a window to allow fresh air in and push stale air out. Assuming they push air outside, kitchen and bathroom vents are another great way to get rid of contaminated air.
Schedule air duct cleaning.
Just as the surfaces in your home become dirty over time, so can your air ducts. Through everyday life, our homes generate all sorts of contaminants and air pollutants like pet dander, dust, mold, and chemicals. All of those contaminants are pulled into your home’s HVAC system and recirculated an average of five to seven times per day. Dirty air ducts can contribute to health issues, especially for those with respiratory conditions, auto-immune disorders, or asthma and allergies. Just like those outdoor seasonal allergens, indoor air pollutants can lead to irritated eyes, nose, and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Having your air ducts cleaned can greatly improve your indoor air quality and reduce health problems.
Not Convinced? Here’s Another Reason to Get Your Ducts Cleaned!
All those contaminants in your home’s heating and cooling system cause it to work harder, and ultimately shorten the life of your furnace and/or air conditioner. Even with proper use of filters, the heating and cooling system gets dirty through normal, everyday use. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to lower electric bills. Who doesn’t want a little extra cash?