Every year around Valentine’s Day, you can almost feel the love in the air. With red and pink hearts, roses, teddy bears, and chocolate abound, people are showering each other with warm sentiments and appreciation. However, people who need air duct cleaning are feeling something entirely different in the air. Instead of love, they are dealing with dust, allergens, mold, and other contaminants constantly circulating in the air because of a dirty duct system. This Valentine’s Day, instead of feeling the debris in your home, why not feel love for clean ducts? Here are some reasons why you should consider air duct cleaning.
Allergies and Other Illnesses Can Occur
When you have air ducts that need to be cleaned, the risk of household illness and allergy attacks increase greatly. Your furnace system is pulling dust and allergens (like pet hair) through your ducts into a filter to be distributed throughout the house. Even if you are diligent about replacing your furnace filter every month, the allergens can still seek their way into your home because of dirt build up in your ducts. The moist conditions of duct system means dust that gets trapped in the duct without making to the filter can grow into bacteria and mold. Over time, that bacteria seeps through your filter into your home.
Critters Live in Ducts
The same environment of your ducts that makes it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria also makes it a lovely home for critters to nest in. Insects, spiders, mice, and rats all find their way into duct systems and live there. Not only do they live there, they will eventually die there which means their body decay is what you might be inhaling every day!
Indoor Air May Be More Polluted Than Outside Air
Yes, you read that right. The air in your home that is recirculating through dirty ducts may be up to 70 times more polluted than the air outside. The dust, allergens, pet hair, mold, mildew, bacteria, and critters (alive or dead) in your duct system can cause some serious pollution in your home. Other factors can also make your air and duct system more polluted, such as remodeling dust and basement flooding. Remodeling dust can live in your ducts for years, slowly recirculating through the system. If your basement has flooded in the past, mold and mildew started to grow and make their way into your duct system. All of this contributes to the indoor air pollution of your home.
How does air duct cleaning help?
Cleaning your air ducts with safe chemicals and specialized duct cleaning equipment can eliminate all of this bacteria living in your duct system. A professional air duct cleaning service will carefully and thoroughly clean your ducts to allow clean air to circulate in your home once again.