Indoor air quality is just one of the concerns homeowners

have when they decide to have their ducts cleaned. A

typical six-room home, creates up to 40 pounds of dust

annually through everyday living. And that doesn’t include

hair from your pets or contaminants created from smoking

or from living in an extremely dry environment.

Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home

– taking air in and breathing it out. This means those

contaminants found in your home, through normal

occupation, are re-circulated five to seven times per day,

on average. This can lead to a build-up of contaminants

(dust and dirt) in your duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

How do you know if your ducts need to be cleaned?

Here are some clear signs that you might need ducts or vents cleaned:

  • An excessive amount of dust (including gray or pink ‘fuzz’)
  • You have allergies/itchy eyes/excessive sneezing while in your home
  • Strange smells or odors coming from your ductwork
  • Recent construction
  • Dust related weather i.e. dust storms or haboobs
  • You found ductwork disconnected or can see holes/breaks in ductwork
  • Recurring mold growth
  • Ducts have rats or other vermin crawling in them or their droppings.
  • Visible mold inside the ducts or vents

Should you try and clean your ducts and vents yourself?

While it may be tempting to try to clean ducts and vents yourself, without the right equipment you will at best only reach a portion of your ductwork and at worst damage your ductwork.  Most ductwork is hard to reach as  it runs underneath floor or in  the wall. And if your ductwork isn’t secure or is flex you can damage or disconnect it making the issue even worse. Although it may help in clearing some of the dust and debris, you really need a professional cleaner to guarantee your system is truly cleaned out.

How can you reduce the need for duct cleaning?

Although cleaning your ductwork can help for a short time, the best remedy is treating the problem – leaking ductwork. By sealing your duct work it can prevent dirt and dust from getting sucked into your ductwork.

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