When to Clean Your Air Ducts
If you’re like most people, you make a habit of cleaning your house every so often, but the saying “out of sight, out of mind” is probably accurate when it comes to the cleanliness of your air ducts. Nevertheless, it’s very important that these ducts, along with any other components of your heating or cooling system, stay clean.
Not only does having clean air ducts affect your home’s air quality, but it also improves the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, since it won’t have to work so hard to push the air through the system.
While it isn’t necessary to clean your air ducts routinely, you need to deal with any air duct problems as they arise. Have a professional come out to clean your air ducts if they become clogged with dust, debris, mold growth, insects or rodents.
Although there is no evidence that breathing small amounts of household dust from dirty air ducts poses any significant harm to health, exposure to high levels of toxic mold can cause serious health problems and can even be life-threatening. While having deadly levels of toxic mold in your air ducts is pretty uncommon, it’s important for your health to keep these components as clean as possible, especially if anyone in your household has allergies or breathing problems, such as asthma.
Also note that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of harmful air particles in your home. Cooking, cleaning and smoking can all adversely affect your indoor air quality, for example. Besides having your air ducts cleaned, there are other things you can do to make sure the air in your home is as clean as possible. Use a high-efficiency air filter for your heating and cooling system, and make a habit of changing the filters. If they are always clogged when you change them, start changing them more frequently. Finally, be sure to vacuum regularly and to remove any visible dust from your home.
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