We never really think about the ducts in our home until our HVAC systems stop working, but the truth is they do more than just distribute heat and air to our homes. They contain filters that help eliminate dust, pet dander and other allergens from the air. Keeping your ducts clean helps keep every family member in your home healthy.
Build-Up in the Ductwork
While the HVAC system does an effective job of removing dander and dust from the air, over time these particles build up inside the framework. This usually happens when the filters are full, or need replacing. If your ducts are made up of fiberglass instead of sheet metal, you'll find that there's more dust build-up, more frequently.
Dust and dander can cause more than just minor health issues. If anyone in your household has serious allergies, these particles can trigger an asthma attack or difficulty breathing. Having air duct cleaning regularly is a way to prevent a build-up, and prevent allergies from getting out of control, at least in the home.
Moisture, Mildew and Mold
Since there's a lot of moisture in an HVAC system, it's not uncommon for mold or mildew to develop in the ducts. When this happens, the particles are blown out the vents and through the home. They can settle down in other areas and continue to grow, sight unseen until the growth is out of control. Since some types of mold and mildew are detrimental to your health, they can lead to serious illness. The best way to prevent this from happening is to have your ducts inspected and cleaned regularly.
Allergies and mold can affect the young and elderly, particularly because they often have weaker immune systems. The effects aren't just limited to those with compromised systems, however. Allergies can develop at any time, especially with prolonged exposure and getting your ducts cleaned regularly is a surefire way to keep your house and its occupants healthy.
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