If you have been experiencing an onset of allergy-like symptoms and other respiratory issues that only worsen while you are inside your own home, it may be time to get your air ducts cleaned. Cleaning your air ducts removes built-up dirt, dust, and other pollutants that you will otherwise be breathing in. Not only does this affect your breathing, but these pollutants can cause skin irritations and general feelings of fatigue. Improve the health of your household by getting your air ducts cleaned today!
Why Clean Your Air Ducts?
There can be many pollutants lurking in your air ducts, some of which may surprise you. Having this area of your home cleaned regularly eliminates these pesky problems that you are inhaling. Understandably, while air circulates through your home, dust, dust mites, and pollen all collect among the ridges inside the ducts. If you have pets, their dander and even fur can add to this collection.
This environment is also ideal for growing mold, mildew, and fungi, which can all release spores into the air. Bacteria and viruses can travel through and make their homes in your air ducts as well. In addition, if anyone in the household smokes, air ducts can hold onto tobacco smoke by-products. Your air ducts make for a relatively protected safe space for a variety of natural and chemical pollutants, any of which can have a negative impact on your health.
There are many telltale signs that you and other members of your household are experiencing health problems caused by dirty air ducts. An increased amount of coughing, sneezing, stuffy or runny noses, or experiencing sore throats and throat irritation on a regular basis can all be indicative of your home being in need of a deep air duct cleaning. In addition, increasing allergy-like symptoms that worsen while at home, consistent headaches, skin irritations, and lethargy may be reasons to look into improving your air quality as well. Not only that, but pollutants in your air ducts can put you at greater risk for other conditions.
Respiratory Infections and Diseases
Because the pollutants in your air are likely to be inhaled, they can have a direct impact on your respiratory system. Breathing in spores, chemical pollutants, pet dander, and more can cause irritations and inflammation in your lungs and airways, and can even lead to developing serious infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. In addition, through your respiratory system, these pollutants can find their way into your sinuses, causing sinusitis (sinus infection), which can easily spread to your tonsils and ears, and leaving you feeling miserable until the infection (and the root cause) have been taken care of.
When there is anything in your environment that will potentially affect your health, your body expends energy trying to fight it off. With the ever-present pollutants in your home, lurking in your unclean air ducts, your body is constantly fighting off threats. This leads to an almost-permanent exhaustion, aches and pains, and the feeling of being worn down or burnt out.
The air circulating throughout your home comes in contact with your skin as well. Some of the previously discussed pollutants, when in constant contact with your skin, can cause excessive dryness and can further aggravate or develop skin conditions like eczema, rashes, and hives.
There are many reasons to consider having your air ducts cleaned on a consistent basis, but the most pressing matter is that of your and your household’s health. Cleaner air ducts lead to a healthier you.
More Efficient AC
Last, but not least, cleaning your air ducts and maintaining the entire system can lead to more efficient operation. Efficiency means less energy is used to run your HVAC, which benefits the environment and your bank account. In addition, your unit experiences less wear and tear, leading to a longer lifespan and less potential problems. If you are wondering how to properly maintain your HVAC system, or if you are still curious about the benefits of this maintenance, contact our team of HVAC experts today!