You Were Inside All Winter. What Do Your Air Ducts Look Like?

By: christineh Tuesday March 27, 2018 comments

Winter is over and many of us are digging our way out of the snow and finding ways to overcome the strain of “cabin fever” that we have been subjected to. But when you start doing your next round of spring-cleaning, you might want to take a look at something that has gone unnoticed for years—the air ducts. Pollutants including mold, dirt, and dust can accumulate in these air ducts and can cause problems in your home. So this year, it may be worthwhile to take a look at these problems and do something about it.

What can contaminate your air ducts?

There are several things that can accumulate in your air ducts causing problems in your home. One of these, dust, has been controversial in some avenues because people disagree whether or not dust in your air ducts constitutes a potential health risk. Certainly, excessive dust recirculating through your home’s airways could cause breathing problems, particularly for those with asthma or other similar health conditions. But there are other issues as well that can be problematic. One of these, mold, comes from excessive water found in the home and can definitely cause breathing problems but also can cause skin irritations. Also, vermin infestations such as mice and rats can cause problems with animal feces accumulating. Breathing in these substances can potentially harm your health and the health of your family. 

What should you look for in an air duct cleaning company?

One of the first things to do if you need to have your air ducts cleaned is to hire a professional cleaning company. Cleaning air ducts is a complex matter that should not be handled by an amateur. As with any professional cleaning company, do your research first by checking them out with the Better Business Bureau and with online review services such as Yelp. Only seven states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Texas) require air duct cleaners to have special licenses so be sure to check on these as well. In addition, be aware that the company may suggest they must apply a chemical to the ducts to get rid of germs and mold and to cut down on their growth in the future. The EPA currently has no guidelines on the use of these chemicals, but you should talk to the company about the pros and cons of using them in your ventilation system.

Spring-cleaning is currently going on in many households across America. Now that the temperatures are up and the sun is shining, you may want to consider doing this yourself. If so, one area that you should certainly give consideration to is the condition of your air ducts and ventilation system.

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