Indoor Air Quality and Air Ducts: What You Need to Know

In order to maintain clean and well-balanced air flow inside of your home, cleaning your air ducts is essential. If left untreated, allergens and toxins, such as pet dander, pollen, mildew and mold can build up in your air ducts. Even routine vacuuming or carpet cleaning adds to the problem by circulating dust, causing even more dirt to settle in your ventilation system. Not only will these allergens and toxins collect in your air ducts, but, should they come in contact with any moisture, they can become an ideal breeding spot for unhealthy bacteria.

Unfortunately, installing a new heating and cooling system in your home or office is extremely expensive; however, if you can incorporate cleaning your air ducts into something such as your spring cleaning routine, installing new air ducts can usually be avoided all-together. Along with improved air quality, properly cleaned air ducts can also improve the performance of your heating and air conditioning.

Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Effectively cleaning your air ducts is not an easy task, though the end result it definitely worth the trouble. In order to thoroughly clean your system, dusting the vents is not enough. Proper cleansing requires you to sanitize every part of the ventilation system, including the warmth exchangers, cooling coils and drain pans, along with anything thing else that might be interfering with high-quality air flow.

Before you begin cleaning, it’s wise to devise a plan that lets you clean not only your air ducts, but your heating and cooling system as well. By thoroughly cleaning your heating and cooling system, not only will you save time, but more importantly you’ll notice a vast improvement in air quality and your air ducts will stay clean for a longer period of time. It is important to note that one must take precautions when cleaning your heating and cooling systems, as dust, allergens and debris can easily get stirred up in the process. A simple face mask should prevent you from inhaling the dirt in your vents and air systems.

How Clean Air Ducts Make a Difference

Saving Money

If your air ducts are full of dust, debris and mold, chances are your heating and cooling system is not functioning at full capacity, resulting in increased utility costs. Amazingly, having your air ducts cleaned can save you up to 21 percent in your monthly utility bill. Depending on the size of your home, you can save anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars over the course of a year.

Preventative Measures

As with any other machine, your heating and air conditioning system needs periodic attention in order to prevent any malfunctions. Failure to properly maintain your heating and air system is the number one cause for malfunction. Eventually, parts may breakdown, leaving you with an expensive repair bill that could easily have been avoided, had you taken care of your system.

Odor

The combination of mold, bacteria and dust in your ventilation system can result in a musty smell that is nearly impossible to hide. Traditional air fresheners don’t stand a chance against the smell of built-up mildew and mold. The only solution is to have your air ducts cleaned on a periodic basis. Not only will this rid your home of offensive odors, but will also prevent them from returning.

Allergies

If anyone in your household suffers from persistent allergies, there’s a good chance that the dust in your air ducts could be to blame. A build-up of allergens in your ventilation system can cause even the healthiest person to become ill. If a member of your family has suffered from severe allergies for some time, it might be time to call in a professional. Not only will hiring a professional ensure that the job is done correctly, but it also saves you from exposure to toxins and allergens.

You want the best for your family, which means ridding your home of particles such as mold, mildew, pet dander, dust and pollen. By routinely cleaning your home’s air ducts, you can ensure that your loved ones are breathing clean, high-quality and healthy air.

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About Julie Tutwiler
Julie is a pro bono philosopher and proud nerd who is convinced that she was a cat in a past life. She enjoys learning new things and loves curling up with a good Stephen King book. In addition to reading, Julie enjoys Japanese culture, cryptograms, video games, and playing fetch with her Maine Coon cat, Ender. She's been a writer since childhood and is thrilled that she can now make a living doing something that she loves. You can find her work on awesome websites such as GeekSmash.com.

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