The Health Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
You may have heard about the potential health hazards that can lurk deep in the duct work of your home air conditioning/heating system. You’ve probably also wondered if the threat of dirty air ducts is overblown. To a large degree, whether or not there’s something dangerous growing in your ducts depends on a number of factors. The cleanliness and age of your home and your HVAC system is important, as well as the air quality in the surrounding environment.
Some of these are things which you can control, others are entirely out of your hands. If you’re concerned about the state of the duct work in your home and the possibility of health problems due to contaminants present in your HVAC system, you may at least want to consider having your ducts inspected by the qualified heating and cooling technicians at Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating.
How do you know if you need to call in an expert?
Let’s start with the facts: many HVAC systems, especially older or poorly maintained systems, can act as a reservoir for dust, bacteria, mold and other fungi. Some of these contaminants are relatively benign, assuming that no one in your household is allergic. Others can pose a serious health risk and have a dramatic negative impact on indoor air quality in your home.
While the environmental conditions aren’t the same in any two homes, there are a few signs to look for. If you spot any of these it’s probably time to call Texperts to have your home’s air conditioning/heating system inspected for mold and other potentially pathogenic contaminants.
Development of allergies or the flare up of existing allergies
Illness among members of your household with no obvious cause
Visible dust and dirt on and around your home’s air vents*
Visible growth of mold on or around air vents
A musty odor coming from your HVAC system
* Dust gathering on return registers is a normal occurrence and doesn’t necessarily mean that your heating and cooling system’s ducts need to be cleaned, but if they seem to get dusty abnormally fast, then it could be a sign that your duct work is in need of a cleaning.
There are definite benefits to having your ductwork cleaned periodically. It can clean out deposits of dust, pollen and other environmental contaminants in the system, which can result in a cleaner home overall and may well reduce the frequency and severity of allergy symptoms if anyone in your household has allergies. As long as it’s performed by HVAC professionals, air duct cleaning can be beneficial and give you and everyone else in your household some peace of mind.