When was the last time you grabbed a flashlight and took a peek inside your home’s air ducts? Probably never.
Air ducts are an afterthought for most homeowners, but they are an important component of your home’s HVAC system. Over time, particles can begin to collect inside of your air ducts, limiting your heating and cooling efficiency and polluting your air supply.
Take a look at some of the contaminants that could be hiding in your air ducts right now:
Dust. The average three-bedroom home generates more than 40 pounds of dust every year; much of which collects in your air ducts.
Mold. The moisture inside of your air ducts makes it a common breeding ground for mold. Exposure to mold can cause allergic reactions, trigger asthma attacks, and lead to long-term respiratory problems.
Pet Dander. Even if you don’t have pets, dander can still be found in your duct system from the previous owner.
Pollen. Think you’re safe from outdoor allergies inside your home? Think again – pollen can enter through your fresh air intake vent and spread through your house.
Thirdhand Smoke. We all know about firsthand and secondhand smoke, but if you smoke inside your house, you could also be exposing your family to thirdhand smoke. This happens when harmful chemicals from cigarette smoke stick to surfaces in your home and remain long after the smoking has ceased.
Once these pollutants enter your air ducts, they use them as a transportation system to circulate throughout your entire home. To keep your air ducts clean and clear of pollutants, experts recommend having them cleaned every 3-5 years. Cleaning your air ducts requires specialized equipment, such as industrial-sized rotary brushes and truck-mounted vacuums, so it’s a job best left to the professionals.
If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, or the surrounding area, trust Patterson Heating & Cooling with all of your air duct cleaning needs. Contact us online or give us a call at (719) 544-4922 to schedule your service today.