The EPA advises that indoor air has anywhere from 2-5 times the number of airborne contaminants as outdoor air. From pollen to pet dander, microscopic particles float freely and circulate throughout the home via the air ducts, where they get stuck and build up over time. In addition to posing a potential health risk, this particulate buildup can reduce airflow through the HVAC system, making the unit work harder and use more energy. Routinely scheduling air duct cleaning can help to minimize indoor air pollution while reducing your energy costs.
Sources of contamination
The buildup of dust, dander, pollen, and other airborne contaminants in ductwork also provides an environment that promotes the growth of bacteria, mildew, and mold. Pollen and fungal spores that spread through ductwork can aggravate allergies and harm the respiratory system, particularly in children and the elderly.
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends a professional air duct cleaning every few years, but you may want to schedule one more frequently if you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality. Some indicators that you should consider include:
- Family members that suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory symptoms
- The presence of indoor cats, dogs, or other shedding pets
- A noticeable stale or musty odor when the HVAC system turns on
- Family members who smoke
- Rapid dust buildup on furniture
- Frequent problems with nasal congestion, headaches, or itchy eyes
- Moving into a new home
- Recent remodeling or renovation work
In addition to improving indoor air quality and helping your HVAC equipment perform at its best, scheduling regular air duct maintenance minimizes the risk of hidden leaks, damage, or even a rodent or insect infestation. Having ductwork inspected annually and cleaned as needed helps to prevent small problems from becoming big ones.
Schedule a professional inspection and cleaning today
Whether you’re worried about indoor air pollution, concerned about HVAC performance, or need to schedule your next air duct cleaning, the experienced technicians at Southern Air Heating & Cooling are here to help.
In addition to offering comprehensive cleaning services, we’ll perform a thorough inspection of your home’s ducting system, replace missing or threadbare insulation, and seal any leaks. Contact us today to learn more about our 100% satisfaction guarantee and help your family breathe easier.