The short answer is yes, air ducts do get dirty. Everything gets dirty eventually. The only exception is soap—and even that can accumulate a layer of dust, given enough time. Air ducts are no different than your kitchen counter, the carpet in your living room, or the windows on your home. All of these things get dirty. What kind of filth they accumulate, how they accumulate that debris, and how that dirtiness affects you and the other people living in your home are also important questions to answer.
How Do Air Ducts Get Dirty?
Air ducts primarily need cleaning because of the dust that they accumulate. A family living in a six-bedroom home will create 40 pounds of dust every year. That is a ton of dust, and with air circulating throughout your home, pushing that dust through your air ducts out into your home and back into your air ducts again, some of it is bound to stick to the sides of the ducts. This will build up over time. Air filters cannot perform their job perfectly, so when the air in your home is circulated five to seven times every day, some dirt, dust, chemicals, smoke, pollen, and mold is bound to be left behind.
Why Should You Care that Air Ducts Get Dirty?
So your air ducts get dirty. So what? Unlike your counters, carpets, and windows, no one has to see the filth that’s built up in your air ducts: out of sight, out of mind. That actually isn’t quite true. If your air ducts are dusty, they’re going to send more dust and debris out into your home and it will build up on every surface. Good luck keeping up with dust that settles down over your furniture five to seven times a day! Even if there was no visible trace of the grime built up in your air ducts, it should still matter to you. Dirty air ducts could be hiding a mold problem, and that could have serious impacts on your health and the health of your family members. If anyone in your home has asthma or allergies, the buildup of air pollutants in your ducts could worsen their condition. This could cause anything from discomfort to a major health scare.
Is Air Duct Cleaning Worth It?
Air duct cleaning can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000. That is a lot of money—especially for families struggling to make ends meet. When it comes down to it, though, cleaning your air ducts is an essential health measure that cannot be foregone. Consider the people in your home—do any of them have asthma or allergies? Are there any pets that are putting fur and dander into the air? Maybe you don’t have to clean your vents every three years, maybe you can push it to every five years. Still, air duct cleaning is a must.
TNT Cleaning Company
If it’s time for your next air duct cleaning, give TNT Cleaning Company a call. Our certified technicians will take care of your air ducts and keep you informed every step of the way. TNT Cleaning Company will provide you with a satisfactory air duct cleaning experience, so you will know just who to call in three to five years.