Dust and mold are often unseen to the naked eye, but can wreak havoc on the health of allergy sufferers. While you probably take the time to clean areas of your home where you know they will build up, what is lurking behind the walls in your home is quite often another story. Air ducts are a great place for dust and mold and other pollutants to proliferate and thrive. The warm environment allows mold spores to grow, and the forced air does its part to blow dust and other allergens all over your home. Here are five reasons you should consider getting your air ducts cleaned today.
1. Mold – Many homes in our area have basements where typically your HVAC system is housed. Because basements are at least partially underground, they can become damp and even wet. In addition to warmth, excess moisture is exactly what mold needs to thrive, which then moves into your air ducts.
2. Dust – Have you ever noticed how dust is far more plentiful during months when you are running your heat or air conditioning? This is because the dust that lives in your air ducts is being blown back into your home. Additionally, if you live in new construction or recently remodeled, drywall dust and construction debris can also find their way into your vents.
3. Pet hair – Similar to dust and mold, fur from your four-legged friends can also become trapped in your air ducts. Even if you don’t own a pet, if you recently purchased a home, fur and dander from the previous owner’s pets can be blowing around your home long after they have vacated the property.
4. Allergies – If you or someone else in your home suffers from allergies, dirty air ducts can hold bacteria, mold, fungi and other allergens which could make you or your loved one suffer being inside.
5. Efficient heating – If your ductwork is not properly cleaned and is filled with hair, dust, mold and other pollutants, the air that is supposed to flow through it will not circulate as efficiently, making your furnace and air conditioning work harder and longer to get your home to the desired temperature. Thus, using more energy and wearing out your furnace long before its time.