As with any other surface in the home, your air ducts can collect some very unpleasant dirt, debris and unwelcome visitors. While it’s not necessary to clean your ducts as regularly as you would clean the rest of your house, professional duct cleaning should definitely be on your task list for three very big reasons:
1. Dust and Debris
Dirt, hair, pet dander and a myriad of other contaminants manage to find any available entry into your duct system. Outdoor air may be an obvious source, but smoking, cooking, remodeling or construction dust as well as normal daily life can all contribute to buildup of particles in duct systems. When this stuff accumulates, some will get blown into your home with your conditioned air.
A particularly dangerous toxin, mold can grow like wildfire in a damp duct system. Household members with allergies or asthma can be extremely susceptible to the effects of mold and bacteria in the air. Damp insulation around ducting can indicate a potential mold issue inside, and professional HVAC service and duct cleaning may be the only relief.
Just as dust and debris can find a way into your ventilation, so can insects and rodents. Not only are these pests unwelcome on their own, but the waste they leave behind can be hazardous to your lungs, especially if you have allergies or asthma.
Duct cleaning helps improve the quality of your indoor air by removing the source of allergens and contamination. Keep your air filters clean and schedule a professional duct cleaning once every three to five years to keep the air inside your home healthy and clean.
Detmer & Sons, Inc. has been providing expert HVAC service to both commercial and residential clients in the Dayton and Miami Valley area since 1978. For more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our heating and cooling professionals, please contact us today.
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