Dirty ducts aren’t just bad for your HVAC system, they make it inefficient too. They could also cause you or your family to develop allergies, colds, and respiratory problems, among others.
If a visual inspection of your air ducts reveals dirt or mold growth and if a family member experiences unexplained allergies, you’ll need professional HVAC services to improve the air quality in your home.
Ducts Get Dirty Over Time
The air in homes is considered to be polluted — even more than outdoor air. In some homes or buildings, the concentration of pollutants is two to five times higher than outdoors.
This is due to inefficient building construction, the use of synthetic materials, personal care products, household cleaning products, and pesticides. Pet dander could also contribute to indoor air quality. External air pollutants can also enter through open windows or doors.
With 90 percent of Americans spending most of their time indoors, exposure to poor air quality could lead to health problems. And if you or one of your family members suffers from a respiratory or cardiovascular disease, maintaining a healthy indoor air quality is even more crucial.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency notes that there is a link between common indoor air pollutants and health effects.
Although dirty ducts are not the only potential source of indoor pollution, this heating and cooling component can easily get overlooked. It is easily ignored because you hardly ever see it.
Over time, dust particles and other contaminants could enter the system. In poorly kept systems, mold spores could grow, bringing a whole other set of health problems.
Filthy Ducts Encourage Mold Growth
Mold thrives in an area where moisture is present. In most cases, filthy air ducts are moist because they are prone to leaks. Once leaks enter the duct system, there’s no stopping moisture and, eventually, mold.
Your family or guests to your home could have an allergic reaction because they may be sensitive to mold. Here are some of the symptoms people with allergies might exhibit:
- Nasal stuffiness
- Throat irritation
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
Microscopic mold spores are everywhere, and they are difficult, sometimes impossible, to remove entirely. But you can control their presence, and prevent further growth in other areas of your home.
In the meantime, you’ll need to get the air flow in your home tested and your ducts sanitized. At Cowboy Services AC & Heating, we do both — and more.
Let Professionals Handle the Job
Indoor air quality depends on a wide range of contaminants, from dust and pollen to pesticides and biological agents. We use a variety of tests and equipment to determine the air quality in your home. We then apply the appropriate work to ensure your health and well-being.
And for every job we do, our experienced team of HVAC technicians will give you the information you need so you can make the right decision on repairs or replacements.
Call us today for more information, or fill out our short contact form to request a service.