Air Quality: How dirty ducts pollute the air in our homes

Air Quality

One of the basic components of the HVAC system in most homes is the ventilation (the “V” in HVAC) network of air ducts. If your home uses forced-air heating from a furnace and/or cooling from a standard AC, then you have ductwork running through the walls and ceilings to distribute the conditioned air through the rooms. These ducts draw in air from your home through return vents, and unfortunately—no matter how clean a home you keep—some amount of dust, dirt, and other debris particles enters the ducts with it and affects the air quality in your home. Contamination will start to collect inside the hidden ducts, and this will eventually lead to issues with HVAC performance and even a steep decline in your indoor air quality.

To keep your ducts in good shape, you should schedule professional cleaning for them on a regular basis. (You cannot handle the extensive cleaning necessary on your own.) For quality service from an experienced indoor air quality team, call Air Quality Control. We will arrange for the air duct cleaning that will provide you and your family with a healthy indoor environment.

How Duct Contamination Affects a Home’s Air

Here’s a startling statistic: the average six-room house will circulate 40 lbs. of dust through its HVAC system every year. That is an enormous amount of airborne contamination. Dust is one of the principle respiratory irritants, and high concentrations of it in the air in a house can contribute to a number of health problems.

The biggest concern is for people who have allergies or asthma. Dust can trigger potentially dangerous asthma or allergy attacks. However, even people without health complications can start to suffer from symptoms similar to allergies and asthma because of large quantities of pollutants in the air. Along with dust, dirty air ducts will collect pollen, chemical residue, and dust mites, which can be hazardous for anyone. Studies of low indoor air quality link it to conditions such as insomnia, skin and eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, and cold and flu-like symptoms.

A duct cleaning job from professionals with the best equipment will remove a large reservoir of contamination that causes low indoor air quality. No matter how clean your home is, you may have plenty of harmful pollutants hiding inside the ducts, and it takes professionals to handle the necessary cleaning to effectively eliminate this problem.

2015-11-14T14:56:20+00:00