If you haven’t cleaned your air ducts in a while, you may be wondering if dirty air ducts can make you and your family sick. The short answer to this question is, they absolutely can. For the longer answer, including the ways dirty air ducts can affect your health, keep reading.
And if you are considering hiring a professional to clean your air ducts for you, our licensed professionals at Ambient Edge have over a decade of experience doing just that. Give our team a call today at (888) 240-8283 to get started.
The Importance of Clean Air Ducts
Indoor air pollution is a significant problem for many homeowners across the U.S. In addition to cigarette smoke and the carbon monoxide given off by furnaces and gas-powered stoves, there are also the particles left from cleaning products and even just regular dust and dirt. Over time, these particles build up in your air ducts, and when your HVAC system comes on it can then circulate these particles throughout your house.
So, yes, dirty air ducts have a significant impact on your health. Neglecting to clean your air ducts will only make the problem worse. You may think it’s a worse idea to disturb the buildup of gunk in there, but it’s a far better idea to get rid of it once and for all.
Plus, the longer you allow dust and debris to pile up, the more likely it will become even further contaminated with things like mold and pests. And this is in addition to any other cleaning chemicals, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants that you or your environment newly introduce to your air ducts.
Whether you decide to tackle it on your own or hire a professional for help, you certainly should never neglect cleaning your air ducts – even if you have to sign up for preventive maintenance to ensure it is properly taken care of and in a timely fashion.
When Do You Need to Clean Your Air Ducts?
When to clean your air ducts depends largely on your lifestyle. For instance, if you’re home a lot and you cook and clean a lot, then you may need to clean your air ducts more often than someone who only really sleeps at home and spends most of the day away from home. The same goes for if you’re a smoker, or if you live with someone who is, versus no smokers in the home.
It’s kind of like the air filter for air conditioning. How often you clean it depends largely on the pollutants in your indoor air. That said, experts recommend you clean your ducts, at a minimum, once every three to five years. Of course, if any of the aforementioned lifestyles applies to you, then you may need to clean them every two to four years, or perhaps even every year.
Keeping Your Air Ducts Cleaner for Longer
While there is no substitute for giving your air ducts a proper cleaning every few years or so, you can take steps to prevent them from becoming overly dirty while you wait for your next cleaning. For one thing, we recommend all our customers to install HEPA filters over their air supply registers. This way, you trap a large majority of the particles that would have otherwise settled into your ductwork, causing dust and debris to pile up sooner than it would have otherwise.
Additionally, we also recommend that you have the gaps between the wall and your ductwork sealed. If there are no gaps, then there’s no way for the dust to get through and into your ducts.
Of course, dust always finds a way, so doing these things does not prevent you from ever needing a cleaning again. However, it will certainly prevent dust and debris from building up faster than it would have otherwise – and you might even be able to stretch out your cleanings that way!
Looking for a Reliable Company to Clean Your Air Ducts for You? Look No Further than Ambient Edge!
At Ambient Edge, we know how important it is for our customers to have clean air ducts. There is nothing more important to us than your health, and we will gladly work with you to ensure your indoor air quality is as clean as possible. Talk to us about signing up for a preventive maintenance contract, and you’ll never have to worry again about whether you’re due for – or missed – your air duct cleaning.
Call us at (888) 240-8283, and a friendly member of our team will set up a service call that works for you and your schedule. Indoor air quality is so important – don’t let dirty air ducts take that away from you and your family. Call us today!