For those who want to improve their home’s indoor air quality either for fresher and cleaner air or those who may suffer from yearly allergies, one of the best ways is to have your air ducts cleaned. For those who don’t believe that air ducts require cleaning and that dirty ducts have no effect on your indoor air, Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will share why air ducts should be cleaned and how they affect your home’s air quality.
House Air Circulation System
We use our HVAC system year-round, either to cool or heat our homes and businesses. When the HVAC unit is running it will circulate conditioned air into the desired areas. In order to control where the conditioned air circulates in homes and commercial buildings, the system uses air ducts. The air is pushed through the air duct system so that the heated or cooled air is circulating into each room in the building. There are many different forms of pollutants or contaminates that are found in air duct systems that have never been cleaned or have gone a long time in-between cleanings.
Dust Mites in Indoor Air
Dust and dirt is very common and typically cause many problems with your HVAC system’s performance, which results in a higher energy bill. In the dust and dirt, we find trapped pollen or even dust mites. Dust mites are a big part of our eco system and they don’t typically pose a major problem. However, when dust mite population gets too high or out of hand, those with allergies are the first to notice. Dust mites in massive numbers leave behind feces and molten skin flakes that are very small, which when the HVAC unit is running, releases tiny particles into the air and results in poor indoor air quality. You can’t ever completely rid your home of dust mites. Nevertheless, you will want to reduce their population by keeping your air ducts free of dust and increasing numbers of dust mites.
Mold & Fungus in Air Vents
Another major affect on interior air quality that is found in our air ducts is mold or fungus. If any moisture gets trapped inside the air ducts, mold, mildew, and other fungus will release spores into the air whenever the HVAC unit is running. The type of mold or fungus growth that developed inside the air duct system can have affects not only on the air quality but also the health of those breathing in the air. Those with respiratory problems usually suffer the worst form mold or fungi spores.
Cockroach Allergy Problems & Animals in Ductwork
Occasionally rodents or other pests have been found inside the air duct systems. Even though it’s rare for pests to find their way into air duct systems, they pose a serious problem when they do. Most especially rodents and cockroaches when they leave behind their urine or feces that could contain diseases or harmful pathogens.
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Air ducts are exposed to the outdoor as well as indoor elements. As such it does affect your home or commercial building’s indoor air quality. If you want to improve your indoor air quality, consider contacting Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning. We are dedicated to improving indoor air quality for homes and commercial buildings. If it is time to have your air ducts cleaned, schedule your air duct cleaning with Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.