Could Dirty Air Ducts Be Harming Your Health?
All too often, allergies and other health issues are not considered to be caused by the homes we live in and the air we breathe when in them. However, both research and evidence has consistently shown that in a good number of instances, our homes are responsible for making us sick.
Pollutants carried around our homes via dirty air ducts in HVAC systems, are responsible for causing a multitude of health problems for individuals and families alike, and regular cleaning by a technician, is the only way to resolve the issue and keep the air in your home as clean as possible.
Below are just some of the signs that dirt and debris in your air ducts could be harming your health:
- Allergies, sore throats, cold and coughs
If you or anyone in your household suffers from allergies and your air ducts are dirty, you or they, will be the first to show signs of suffering, typically in the form of itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing and sore throats.
Circulating allergens and other bacteria can make anyone sick, but especially seniors, children and anyone with compromised immunity or allergies.
- Respiratory disease
Pet dander, dust, pollen and a whole host of other irritating allergens can build up in air ducts over time and get stuck there if not cleaned professionally, and regularly.
Distributed around your home or place of work, breathing this polluted air over a prolonged period can cause severe respiratory disease.
- Increased ageing
Tiredness and constant irritability can be caused by breathing contaminated air, and aside from being responsible for serious illnesses, dirty duct air can speed up the ageing process and make you look and feel, far older than you actually are.
Dirty ducts can make your home smell, too
When your air ducts are damp and dirty and left uncleaned for long periods of time, mold and mildew can quickly build up in them, and as well as causing a number of health concerns, this can make your home smell pretty bad, too. You may not notice it yourself, but guests and other visitors will sniff it out swiftly, and you may find your dinner party invites being politely turned down.
Dirty ducts can impede the overall function of a HVAC system
A build up of dirt and debris in your air ducts is not only bad for your health, but can mean that the entire system isn’t working efficiently, resulting in higher energy bills over time, and a poor, to non-existent air filtering function.
What are the benefits of regular air duct cleaning?
Perhaps the most significant benefit is that your health won’t be impacted by poor air quality if you have your air ducts professionally cleaned every few months, and having lower energy bills coupled with a comfortably warm or cool home, is not to be sniffed at, either.
To prevent your air ducts from making you sick and aggravating your allergies, arrange to have them professionally cleaned as often as recommended. While this may be every six months for some households, others may benefit from having it done more frequently; your chosen HVAC technician can advise you on this.