It comes as no surprise that air ducts get dirty. Pulling air throughout the house several times every day, dirt, dust, and grime gets left behind, accumulating on the walls of the ducts. More surprising are the impacts that this accumulation can have on your health. Keeping your air ducts clean is important to maintaining your health as well as the health of everyone else living in your home.
Mold and Vermin
Air ducts that haven’t been cleaned in a long time could be hiding some very dangerous secrets. If moisture gets into your air ducts, mold spores could cling to the side of your ducts and grow into a serious problem. Some molds come with major health issues, and in the air ducts, the spores will circulate your entire home so no room is safe from the infestation. Speaking of infestations, unwelcome rodent and insect invaders enter your ductwork and leave behind droppings and other debris. Now the unsanitary debris from your pest problem is free to circulate through your home.
The buildup of dust, pollen, and other air pollutants can intensify breathing problems for those who have asthma or other respiratory illnesses. On bad-air days, asthmatics are encouraged to stay inside. In homes with poorly maintained air ducts, staying inside is no better than being outside—the air quality might even be worse. In some cases, dirty air ducts can lead to respiratory infections in people without a history of respiratory illness. This happens when bacteria and fungi grow in your air ducts and are carried out into your home where you can breathe them in. Respiratory infections could occur more frequently in homes with dirty air ducts.
Clearly when these pollutants enter your lungs, it causes respiratory issues. When they enter your nasal passages, there are similar consequences. The particles from your air ducts can make their way to your sinuses and cause inflammation. That inflammation can become an infection. While sinus infections are usually just a painful annoyance, if they are not treated, they can lead to serious health problems. Worsened allergies are probably the most common side-effect of dirty air ducts. The best way to determine whether or not your allergy attacks are caused by build-ups in your vents is to pay attention to whether or not your allergies worsen when you are at home and subside after you leave.
Schedule a Cleaning Today!
If you aren’t prepared to risk you or your family’s health over dirty air ducts, you should have your ducts cleaned every three to five years. At TNT Cleaning Company, we provide certified technicians who will clean every inch of your air ducts to make sure that the air quality in your home will keep you and your family healthy. We keep you informed every step of the way to ensure that you have a satisfactory duct cleaning experience. With fifteen years of experience, we will get the job done right.