Air ducts allow warm or cool air to enter into our homes, helping to keep the temperature inside comfortable all year long. While we often take these home features for granted, it is important that home owners regularly clean these air ducts to ensure that they are in the best condition and to remove any debris, keeping ducts clear and clean. Not only does cleaning air ducts help to ensure that your duct system works optimally, but it can also help to improve you and your family’s respiratory health. Here are some ways that clean air ducts in your home can reduce dust and allergens.
When air is pulled through your ducts, the air is coming from the outside, into your home. This means air isn’t the only thing being sucked inside. In addition to air, your ducts will be exposed to dust, dirt, mold, pet dander and more from the outdoors. If you do not clean out your home’s air ducts regularly, these allergens will linger in the air ducts, collecting and eventually making their way past filters, into the air that you and your family members breathe.
Not only should you clean the air ducts, but you should also clean the air filters within your ducts. These are meant to collect any allergens or dusts particles that come through the ducts, acting as a barrier between the duct and your home. Filters are inexpensive to buy at your local home and garden center or hardware store. For the best results, be sure to clean out or change the air filters in your system at least once every 6 months. You can check the filters from time to time to see how much debris is being collected and change the filters earlier if needed. Using clean filters will help to prevent the number of allergens entering your home. This can reduce or prevent symptoms and respiratory issues like allergies, sneezing and coughing, asthma, emphysema and more. Dirty ducts and filters can also lead to dry eyes, headaches, nasal congestion, hay fever and other health problems. This is because mold, bacteria, and germs will linger, multiply, and collect in these areas with potentially detrimental results for your health and well-being. Avoid many of these problems by being proactive and tending to your air ducts and filters regularly.
Clean ducts and air filters will also reduce the amount of dust in your home. This can indeed improve your respiratory health, but it will also help to keep your home cleaner and dust free! If you clean and notice that your table is dirty again just a little while later, this is likely a sign that all that dust has been floating in the air, and your filters or ducts are likely very dirty. When you notice these signs, be sure to clean the filters and ducts or change the filters out as soon as possible.
Clean air ducts in your home will absolutely reduce dust and allergens. This can provide your home and your health with lots of benefits. Clean ducts as well as filters will ensure that you are breathing cleaner air that is free of mold, dirt, dust, pet dander and other allergens. It will also keep your system working optimally and help to keep your house cleaner and free of dust. Regular furnace and boiler maintenance in combination with duct and filter maintenance will keep your home safe, efficient, and allergen free!