The air in your home doesn't seem dusty or dirty, and you don't feel like you have any breathing problems. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you can skip cleaning your ducts. Even though you may not think about your ducts until a problem creeps up, regular maintenance by an expert is essential.
Indoor air quality is a major factor when it comes to your health. You keep your air warm in the winter and cool in the summer with your HVAC system. Fuel-burning appliances, building and home improvement materials such as new cabinet installations or new flooring, household cleaning products, pets and excess moisture can all cause issues with your indoor air.
If you have concerns about indoor pollutants, a duct cleaning can help to clear the air and provide other benefits. Take a look at the facts about duct cleaning and how it can help you, your family and your home.
HVAC System and Performance
Dirt, debris and pest infestations can all cause issues in your ducts. The more build-up there is on the insides of your ductwork, the harder it is for your HVAC system to push air through. The air that does get through may carry some of these contaminants along with it, recirculating them back into your home. The debris in your ducts can also lead to wear and tear that ends your HVAC system's life prematurely.
Your home already uses more than its fair share of energy for heating and cooling. The HVAC systems in most homes make up 48 percent of the total energy usage. The more clogged your ducts are, the more energy you'll use. Clean ducts make it easier for the air to move freely. This can reduce your energy usage and your electric bills.
Allergies and Asthma
Dusty or debris-filled air can become a major problem for anyone with allergies or asthma. While dirty ducts don't cause allergies, the polluted air can make life miserable for people who already have them. The same goes for homeowners and family members with asthma.
Indoor pollutants, such as dust or pet hair, can cause symptoms such as wheezing and coughing. They can also cause itchy eyes, a scratchy throat and a runny nose. Make sure that your HVAC system's filters are clear and the ducts aren't coated in a lining of dust, pet hair or any other contaminants. Doing this can help to reduce allergy symptoms for people who suffer from dust, dander and similar allergies.
Mold grows in warm, damp spaces. If your ducts are exposed to moisture (such as condensation), mold can grow inside or on them.
Even though mold won't clog your ducts, this growth can cause health problems for some people. The elderly, young children and those with poorly functioning immune systems may find that mold triggers allergies or asthma. Mold exposure can cause a range of symptoms including a stuffy nose, a sore or irritated throat, skin irritation, itchy eyes or coughing.
Mold can also severely affect anyone with chronic lung conditions. Repeated exposure to mold can worsen respiratory illness, adding to the already unpleasant (and sometimes painful) symptoms.
If your ducts have a mold issue, a professional cleaning is necessary as soon as possible. Never try to remove or remediate mold on your own. If you leave behind spores, your problem can restart and cause more mold-related issues in the future.
Do you need a professional-strength duct cleaning? Carolina Ductmasters can help. We can make sure that your ducts are clean to help save you money and potential health problems for you and your family members.