More than 87 percent of homeowners are unaware that the pollution can actually be worse inside the home than it is outside. According to the EPA, indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. Your home’s indoor air quality is directly related to the quality of your health. Keeping your air ducts clean is the foundational step to improving your breathing with clean air.
How Do You Know If Your Air Ducts Are Dirty?
Air ducts are the pathways for both heated and cooled air to travel throughout your home. Air duct cleaning has shown to remove contaminants and dust that accumulate over time, causing clogs and polluted blockages to keep air from flowing freely. This component of your HVAC system regulates the airflow and circulation of clean air throughout your home.
As air circulates your home, dust, pollen, dirt and pet dander get pulled into your air ducts, creating a breeding ground for bacteria, mildew, mold and fungus. Your cold-air return vents are your first indication. If your vents are covered with a buildup of dust, debris, and pet hair, you should consider having your ducts cleaned.
Leaving dirty air ducts reduces the performance of your HVAC system, and drives up the price of your energy bill, while harboring indoor pollutants that continue to circulate the air you breathe. You wouldn’t buy a home that has a cloud of dust floating through it, so why live in your home with dirt and debris being passed around through the air? Indoor air pollution affects homes in both rural and urban areas alike, causing asthmatic symptoms and increased allergies.
People spend 60 to 90 percent of their time indoors, where the air quality is generally 70% more polluted than the outdoor air. Keeping your air ducts clean and having your entire air duct system checked regularly should eliminate pollutants and reduce dust allergens to improve your occupant health.