Though you may not know it, your home’s air ducts are some of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the entire house. They make central heating and air possible in the first place, and keep the rooms in your home from getting stale by circulating fresh air. They also happen to be among the most commonly neglected parts of your forced air system when it comes to maintenance. Let’s take a look at why it’s so important to have your ducts professionally cleaned.
Believe it or not, the air in the average home is infested with microscopic pollutants and contaminants. Most of these are only minor inconveniences. Pollen, dust, and insect dander often provoke allergy attacks and the like. However, there are nastier things like bacteria, viruses, and mold that are regularly found in a home’s air supply.
These airborne pollutants are most often found in the ductwork of a home, for a number of reasons. The ducts are often out of the way, beyond the reach of a homeowner’s normal cleaning efforts. They are also dark and more susceptible to moisture; an ideal environment for mold growth. The biggest problem is that every time a forced air system is turned on, the ducts serve as a transportation network for these pollutants. They are spread around the house in this fashion, making it more likely that they will have a negative effect on the occupants of the home.
Duct cleaning attempts to address these pollutants by clearing out their ideal environment. A professional will either vacuum out the entire ductwork, or use a set of specially designed brushes to carefully clean out any dust and other debris. After the initial cleaning, any leaks that can let moisture in can be found and sealed. In some cases, a chemical treatment can be applied to kill off any bacteria. Duct cleaning improves your air quality by ensuring that the “lungs” of your home are healthy. The healthier your ducts are, the healthier you will be.