How Air Ducts Can Affect Your Health
If you rent or own a home, you’ve probably dealt with having to change out your air filters. But, did you know that, beyond the filter, you should also keep track of what’s going on directly inside your air ducts? From agitated allergies to mold exposure, air ducts can wreak havoc on one’s health. We looked at the effects dirty air ducts can have on your well-being, how to spot an air duct leaking harmful pollutants in your home, and explain how we can help.
Air Ducts and Our Health
It’s no secret that dust and debris can exacerbate allergies. That’s why HVAC.com recommends changing out your air filter every 1 to 3 months. But what’s going on behind the filter? And how can it affect your overall health? According to Aristair.com, some of the contaminants that can begin to circulate through your ducts are pollen, pet dander, mold/mildew, and even bacteria or viruses; and here’s how they can impact you.
- Decreased Air Quality
Not only can dust build up in your air ducts, but mold, pests, and even larger debris can get stuck, dramatically decreasing the flow of air to your home. This also means that the lessened air you are getting is also pumping unwanted, harmful airborne contaminants into your space. And it’s especially dangerous if there are, in fact, rodents or insects – as they can carry diseases, irritate allergies, and gain access to your home’s inhabitants through your vents to do so.
- Allergies and Other Ailments
For many, the spread of dust and debris in their home means that allergies and other health issues are often intensified. And, while more often than not this just causes annoyance, for some it can be extremely dangerous. Plus, airborne pollutants can be extremely harmful to those with conditions like asthma. Possible pollutants consist of dust mites, pollen, dander from pets, and so many more. According to Crop Metcalfe Services, homeowners should ask themselves the following questions:
- Have you had your air ducts cleaned in the last five years?
- Does your house constantly collect dust?
- Are your allergy symptoms triggered when you turn on your heating or air conditioning?
And if the answer is yes to any of these questions then, you likely need to take action.
- Mold & Mildew Exposure
Having moisture in your ducts can cause mold and mildew to begin to grow. This can further upset allergies, illnesses, or even cause occupants of the space to feel or fall ill. And, more often than not, this happens in rooms with a lot of moisture, like bathrooms – especially in the warmer months! If you notice any signs of mold or general moisture that doesn’t seem to belong, check for leaking pipes that need to be fixed first. If not addressed, the problem will continue to return!
Work with B&D
As the warmer summer months approach, the threat of worsened allergies and health overall is even greater. At B&D, our qualified, certified team of expert technicians are dedicated to making sure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as possible – all year long. And we can provide you with all of the necessary maintenance needed to keep yours running smoothly, such as preventative maintenance and repair, refrigerated air, and 24/7 emergency service for whatever heating/cooling issue may arise.