How Dirty Ducts Are Bad for Your Health
Posted on: June 20, 2016
If you’ve spent some time on our maintenance or air quality pages, you’ve likely noted that duct cleaning and maintenance improve the air quality in your home. But what exactly does that mean? Can dirty ducts actually have a negative impact on your personal health, as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of your system? The short answer is absolutely!
But at Aladdin Air Conditioning & Heating, we’re rarely about the short answer. Consumer knowledge is important, and you being informed has a dramatic impact on how you handle your HVAC systems and home. So what kind of health problems can arise from a dirty set of ducts?
The Dangers of Dirty Ducts
We’re not trying to spin some kind of scare tactic. Your dirty ducts aren’t choking you in your sleep or anything. But they absolutely present some unique hazards and health complications:
- Allergies. The air in your home is pretty comparable to that of outside air. The important difference is that it is much more concentrated. This means all of the dander and pollen on the outside is also present on the inside, which will have a demonstrable impact on those who suffer from allergies. Dirty ducts become a home for all kinds of debris and junk, all of which will endlessly circulate throughout the home until you get a duct cleaning.
- Respiratory health. Even those without allergies can experience coughing, sneezing, and can have trouble breathing in the home if you have dirty ducts. All of the dust your home generates makes its way into your HVAC system. Some of it is filtered out (if you keep up with regular maintenance), but much of it gets hung up in your ducts.
- Mold risks. Mold spores are pretty much everywhere. It only takes a small colony of spores and a tiny bit of moisture to have a full-scale infestation, and mold is a very common allergy problem.
- Fire hazards. The ducts in your home are generally a very dry space. When large blocks of dust and junk build up, they can risk clogging your HVAC system, which can result in small or large scale house fires.
Duct Cleaning in California
The good news is while all of these are very real and very considerable health hazards, they are easily remedied. Professional duct cleaning is quick and effective, and our experts are exceptionally skilled at providing it! If you need duct cleaning, or haven’t had duct cleaning in your home recently, contact us today to learn more!