What happens if you don’t clean your air ducts?

If you think of the last time your property had its air ducts checked or cleaned, it may be difficult for you to remember. A heating or cooling system has a series of commonly overlooked ductwork that is integral to keeping the system efficient and making sure that your indoor air quality is preserved. If you don’t get around to cleaning or checking your ducts often, your health can be compromised and your HVAC system will have to work harder to heat and cool your home. Consequently, you would be seeing an increase in your electrical and gas bill. 

What’s inside your air ducts?

If you don’t regularly use an air duct cleaning service you accumulate a series of contaminants in your ducts over time. You would be surprised what can end up trapped inside this system and what could be lurking inside the ducts currently. Some of the most common types of waste that are found in an air duct system can include:

Pet dander:

If you have pets, there is a good chance they could be leaving dander and hair inside your ducts and vents. Breathing in these contaminants through your air supply each day can cause significant allergies and stuffiness. What’s more, your system works overtime to move air through thick layers of extra hair and debris collected on the filter.

Dust mites:

Dust builds up over time in your ducts. Left unchecked, you will start to see plenty of dust mites settling in as well. Dust and mites can be a large part of what you are breathing inside a home with poor air quality.

Rodents and their remains:

Areas of your home or business that are not regularly cleaned can also attract rodents. Any major pest problem can spread through the ducts and their waste can lead to ongoing problems with your indoor air quality as well. Forced air can quickly continue to blow feces and other elements throughout your home. Regular cleaning can help to discourage rodents and other pets from living or spreading their feces throughout the ductwork.

Mold and mildew:

Mildew and mold can be triggered by condensation in your ductwork. The residue that is found in your ducts will regularly trigger the growth of mold and mildew over time. Coupled with the added heat in your ducts, there is a chance for ongoing issues with contaminants in your ductwork that will be carried throughout your home. Mold contaminants are some of the most harmful to your health as time goes on. With the assistance of regular duct cleaning, you can discourage the growth of mold and mildew and ensure that your home can stay contaminant free, minimizing the chance that you will develop health issues from it.

How do contaminants affect your health?

If you notice that you are feeling more tired or that you are experiencing worsening sinus conditions, your ducts may be the problem. Allergies, respiratory issues, dry or itchy skin, and fatigue are all issues you are susceptible to as a result of ongoing contaminants within your duct system.

Breathing issues are often a long-term consequence of poor quality cleaning of your ductwork or lack of.

Breaking skin can also be a major cause for concern with your ductwork and a lack of cleaning. If dust continues to circulate through the system, you could be met with recurring dry skin, itchy patches, irritated skin, and more.

If you want to reduce the risk of compromising your health due to poor quality of cleaning in your ducts, consider contacting a duct cleaning specialist today. Our company has been operating for over 20 years, and we offer the best in air duct cleaning services throughout Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Burlington, Oakville, Waterdown, Hamilton, and surrounding areas. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your air ducts or you know that you are due for a cleaning, call or email us and we can schedule an appointment for you.

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