There’s a very important component of your home that usually goes unseen, unnoticed, and poorly maintained: your air ducts. While you don’t need them in order to breathe fresh air, your air ducts are the channels through which air conditioned or heated air travel, keeping your home comfortable during extreme temperatures. Even the best AC unit or furnace would serve little purpose without the fixtures that carry and distribute this comfortable air into every room of your home.
Unfortunately, these areas aren’t immune to getting dirty, and while most people would simply prefer not to think about it, you’ll improve your indoor conditions, air conditioner, and heater in many ways if you have your air ducts cleaned.
What follows are the top 3 reasons why you should have your indoor air ducts cleaned.
It’s tough to clean areas that are dark, compact, and carry very cold or hot air. Unfortunately, these conditions are exactly what mold loves. Mold spores can be found throughout your indoor air, but as soon as moisture settles on a surface, mold will settle, sprout, and grow there, actually consuming the lining of materials like your air ducts. Humid air is one of the most common causes of moldy ducts.
While you might assume that mold is harmless when it’s out of sight, you have your health to consider. When active mold exists in the ducts, your AC unit or heater will blow air over the mold and out of your vents, which then results in you breathing a high content of moldy air. This can trigger allergy attacks, asthma attacks, and even lead to long-term health effects.
The above issues with mold can also lead to stinky indoor air. As air travels over mold, it will carry its dingy, foul scent straight to your nose. Mold often smells musty, almost like a very old house would. It can even smell rancid, to the degree of moldy food. When you have your air ducts professionally cleaned, experts will locate the cause of stinky indoor air, whether it be mold, dust, dirt, pet dander, or other rancid residue that can absolutely build up inside the ducts.
Residue that builds up along the sides of your air ducts can also make your heating and cooling systems less efficient. When buildup occurs inside of ducts, your air conditioner and heater have to work harder in order to produce the same results. Unfortunately, when your heating and cooling systems have to work harder, you end up paying for it with extra energy usage, which costs you money. If you’ve never had your air ducts cleaned before, then you likely have years and years of buildup inside of the ducts. Imagine being able to pay less for utilities every month. This is possible if you have your air ducts professionally cleaned.
Contact a local AC and heating service technician in your area to discuss cleaning your air ducts. You’ll see an improvement in indoor air quality, including a lack of dangerous mold spores and offending odors, as well as a possible energy savings every month.