Air ducts are the lungs of your home - whatever they breathe in, you breathe in too. Air ducts not only circulate air but also particles like dust mites, dirt and mold. You vacuum and clean your carpets regularly to remove these irritants, but what about removing them from the air you breathe?
Air duct cleaning improves the air quality in your home, which is especially important if you or your loved ones suffer from asthma or allergies.
Here are five reasons why you need to clean your air ducts.
40 lbs of dust and allergens a year pile up fast—adding weight to your ducts and polluting the air you breathe. That much dirt can have negative effects on your home and everyone who lives in it.
It’s important to understand that what you do in your home affects your indoor air quality. Any handling of chemicals, smoke or gas can create polluted air. Specifically, the EPA estimates that during and several hours after certain activities, such as paint stripping, indoor levels may be 1,000 times higher than outdoor levels.
Years of buildup can hinder the flow of your HVAC system, making the system less efficient and much more costly. Dirt and debris build up over time, clogging your air ducts which prevents your HVAC from working properly. When you get your air ducts cleaned, you allow the fans in the system to work with ease, circulating clean air.
According to the EPA, indoor levels of dust mites are higher than outdoor levels. And our friends at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) say that dust mites may be the most common trigger of year-round allergies and asthma. Your home traps allergy and asthma irritants until you get them out. Cleaning your air ducts once a year is a great way to start.
For more information, tips and tricks on how to remove allergens from your home, read this article.
Wondering how often to clean air ducts? Once a year is a good start. Furnace cleaning is invaluable to the way your home breathes and performs. To maximize efficiency and flow of air in your home. Once a year may seem like a lot; however, 40 lbs of dirt and allergens collecting in your home add up to a lot pollutants to breath in.
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