Do you frequently suffer from allergies or cold-like symptoms in your home? Is your home always dusty? Does your home have a musty smell to it?
These are indicators that you need to clean your air ducts. Cleaning them out is an excellent way to prevent the growth and spread of mold around your home. Mold is the primary reason you may have some of these problems in your home.
Cleaning out your air ducts can also lead to a healthier home. Dirty vents can lead to a slew of respiratory problems. Here are signs that it’s time for a cleaning.
Clean Your Air Ducts if You See Mold
If you find mold growing in the air ducts, they need cleaning. Air ducts are humid, damp, and dark, which is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold also leaves a musty smell in the air, which is another key indicator.
Itchiness and coughing are more serious consequences of mold. As the spores from mold make contact with the skin and are inhaled, it can lead to reactions.
Excess Dust and Debris
There are a lot of things in your home that can lead to build-up in your HVAC system. Dust, pet dander, dead skin cells, and allergens can flake off people, animals, and other surfaces. All this detritus can collect inside air ducts.
When you start up your system, all these contaminants can recirculate into the air in a visible cloud of dust. Not only can these remnants put everyone in your home at risk, but they can also decrease the system’s airflow and performance.
Constant Allergies and Cold-Like Symptoms
Filthy air ducts recirculate contaminated air back into your home. The contaminated air can trigger allergies and also cause cold-like symptoms.
Dust mites feed on human debris and can live in the cloud of dust, skin cells, and other detritus. When inhaled, dust mites can cause allergic and asthmatic reactions. People that already have respiratory problems are more susceptible to the problems caused by dirty air ducts.
If you have children, elderly people, or newborns in the house, it’s important to be vigilant about how often you clean the air ducts.
Renovations and Drywall Work
If work has been done on your home, you should have your air ducts cleaned soon after. Doing renovations and drywall can cause lots of debris from the work to become lodged in air ducts. Drywall can be especially problematic since it flakes and leaves residue everywhere.
Maintain the Advantage on Your Home
There are plenty of reasons why you need to clean your air ducts regularly. Dust, debris, pet dander, and lots of other things can cause build-up in air ducts. Regular cleaning also helps prevent mold from growing and causing health problems.
At Advantage, we provide service to help keep your plumbing, heating, and cooling in line. We also do professional air duct cleaning. If you live in the North Central, Northeast Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City Metro Areas, contact us to set up an appointment.