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Consequences of Having Dirty Air Ducts in Your Home

Consequences of Having Dirty Air Ducts in Your Home

How often do you have your air ducts cleaned professionally? Can you recall the last time the job was done?

If you’re having a difficult time remembering when your air ducts were last cleaned, it’s time to start considering contacting your local HVAC expert before these health-related consequences arise.

Dirty air ducts can create some serious health risks, such as:

  • Respiratory infections: Dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and other tiny particles tend to build up within air ducts, not only creating an inefficient HVAC system but can have negative effects on a person’s respiratory system. Symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, and a congested chest are all signs of respiratory infection or irritation.
  • Asthma: For asthmatics, symptoms can be aggravated by increased exposure to the airborne irritants that circulate within dirty air ducts. If someone in your home is an asthmatic and has noticed an increase in the occurrence of their symptoms, check the cleanliness of your air ducts to see if this is the source of the issue.
  • Sinus Infection: Similar to respiratory infections, infected sinuses can occur from the airborne irritants that are circulated by dirty air ducts. Symptoms of a sinus infection can include sinus pressure behind the cheeks or eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, regularly occurring headaches, or chronic fatigue.

How to Check if Your Air Ducts are Dirty

To see if your air ducts may be causing an increase in health problems around your home, check for the following:

  • Are there excess amounts of dust or pet hair blowing from your vents?
  • Do you notice a musty smell when your HVAC system is turned on and left running?
  • Are your vents whistling loudly or creating a large amount of noise?

Your home should be a safe and comfortable environment for yourself and those you love. After seeking medical attention as the above symptoms arise, ensure that your next step is to schedule a complete and professional air duct cleaning by a certified HVAC expert.


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