If your home has dirty ductwork in it, it’s likely your indoor air is as filthy as what you might breathe on a busy city highway. In fact, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is on average two to five times more polluted in a home than outside. Here’s how those dirty ducts and pollutants can affect you.
More Problems With Your Sinuses
When your ductwork is dirty, all the dust and debris in it eventually get blown into your home as your air conditioner or heater cycles. Eventually, what blows into your home enters your nasal passages and into your sinuses. This can cause inflammation that can lead to infection. If left untreated, a sinus infection can become a painful and complicated condition.
An Increase of Allergy Symptoms
Dust, pollen and microbial growth are among the most common particles that dirty ductwork harbors. If you have allergies to any one of them, your symptoms will worsen while at home and subside when you’re away. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s likely your ducts are dirty and need professional cleaning right away.
Heightened Risk of Asthma
For people who already have asthma, dust, pollen and other common substances found in dirty ductwork can trigger an attack. For those without asthma, prolonged exposure to dirty ducts can lead to a heightened risk of suffering from a respiratory illness and infections such as asthma.
How Duct Cleaning Will Help
To ensure you don’t suffer from the aforementioned conditions, it’s important to schedule routine professional duct cleaning every year. Here are some of the biggest additional benefits of doing so.
- Improved energy efficiency and performance for your HVAC system
- Lower monthly energy bills and reduced instances of repairs
- Prolonged system lifespan that helps save on replacement costs
For additional information about keeping your ducts clean, or if you’d like to schedule one of our service technicians to visit your home for a cleaning, read on about the importance of duct inspections or contact Woods Comfort Systems at (512) 842-5066.