Duct cleaning is easy to forget to schedule since it’s out of sight and out of mind. However, it is important for the indoor air quality of your home as well as your health to get your ductwork cleaned every 5-7 years. In fact, studies have shown that the levels of some hazardous pollutants in indoor air can be 70 times greater than in outdoor air and that around 40lbs of dirt is produced in a six bedroom home annually.
Your home’s duct work acts as the lungs of your home. If it’s dirty and clogged than that dirt, dust and pollutants are pushed throughout the home and won’t be able to “breath” or function normally. Plus, it can cause and/or aggravate various health problems for those living in the home. Here are some signs that it may be time for your system to have a duct cleaning:
According to Total Health and Better Health magazines, one out of six people who suffer from allergies do so because of the fungi and bacteria in air duct systems. Dust, dirt, pollen, animal dander and other airborne contaminants are pulled in your duct work every time the furnace or air conditioner runs. These contaminants build up inside the ductwork over time and can help make your duct system an ideal breeding ground for mold spores, bacteria, fungus, mildew and other microbes.
Dust, dirt, pollen, animal dander and other airborne contaminants in your ductwork can not only affect your allergies, but also cause inflammation in your sinuses. Inflammation can lead to further infection and illness. If you have trouble at night or in the morning with sinus problems and pain, your dirty ductwork may be partially to blame. Consider having your ducts cleaned as a part of your health protocol.
When you turn on your furnace, heat pump and/or AC do you notice a musty or stale smell coming through your ductwork? Mold and mildew can easily grow in your ductwork and then the smell can be circulated through your home when you are using your HVAC system. A duct cleaning can help prevent this smell from occurring every time you wan to use your heating and cooling system.
Do you notice dust accumulate around your house and on your furniture quickly even after you have cleaned? This may be due to a build up of a dust in your ductwork that is being circulated around your home when you are using your furnace, heat pump and/or AC. Getting your ducts cleaned could help you clean your home less.
Blocked Air Flow
The build up of dust and dirt within your ductwork can cause air flow issues. When ductwork is blocked, your entire system must work harder than normal to produce the same heating and cooling results. This inefficacy causes higher utility bills and a shorter lifespan of your system. Avoid the unnecessary wear and tear on your system by scheduling a duct cleaning.