Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

by Jane VanOsdol on June 29, 2011

For many people, clean air is something we take for granted. But if you live close to a large city, or you struggle with asthma or allergies, you understand the importance of breathing in clean air and the ability to be able to take a deep breath. While you don’t have complete control over the air in your environment that you have to breathe, you can have more control over the air quality in your home.

Healthy home air quality doesn’t just happen by itself. Several factors, many of them under your control, determine your home’s air quality. Dust, pollen, smoke, mold, pet dander, bacteria and other irritants can all negatively affect the air quality in homes.

Especially if you have a sensitive person living in your home, it’s important to do what you can to improve your indoor air quality. Cleaning regularly, banning smoking inside the house, and limiting indoor pets can all help everyone and especially someone with allergies and asthma. Another beneficial step would be to have your air ducts cleaned.

Air duct cleaning removes a substantial amount of dust and debris from the home–sometimes as much as 10 pounds of debris.

If you’re not convinced that indoor air quality is an issue, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), scientific evidence is showing that air within homes and other buildings can be more polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities! Part of this could be due to the dramatic increase in the production and use of household chemicals over the last generation.

Children and those who already have health challenges are the ones who are most affected by poor indoor air quality. Children are more at risk because they breathe faster, inhale more air per unit of body weight and are closer to the ground where pollutant concentrations are higher. Air duct cleaning can help prevent some of the contaminants from continuously recirculating through your home.

If you think that your home air filter will catch the contaminants, realize that while they do catch some, most only catch about 10% of the particulates in your heating and air conditioning systems.

Having your air ducts cleaned out on a regular basis can help reduce the irritants that are circulating in the air you’re breathing–and may help your allergic or asthmatic family member to breathe that much easier.

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