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How Are Your Ducts Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality?

duct-being-cleanedYou may not have realized this when you had your central AC or heat pump installed, but these systems can actually be conducive to lowering your air quality.

But don’t get us wrong—we’re not saying that these devices are harmful. Rather, we’re talking about what happens when you neglect to have their air ducts cleaned!

When you think about it, this kind of chore isn’t much different than cleaning your bathroom or kitchen. But where it differs is in the fact that dirty air ducts can affect every room connected to your air ducts.

For those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or compromised immune systems, their symptoms can be exacerbated by the effects of low air quality.

We’ll explain just how the dust and dirt in your ducts could be impacting your air quality and what you can do about it!

 

Ducts Can Accommodate Contaminants

Some HVAC contractors will be quick to inform you that dust in the air ducts doesn’t necessarily mean your indoor air is contaminated. However, what they’re not taking into consideration is the fact that we tend to create plenty of contaminants and pollutants, such as:

  • Pet dander
  • Chemical pollutants
  • Harmful particulates

These contaminants will be pulled into the HVAC system and will be recirculated several times a day. Due to how tightly sealed modern homes are, a portion of those contaminants will settle in your ducts rather than ever be evacuated from your home.

Duct Cleaning to the Rescue!

Your best defense against these air quality issues is none other than duct cleaning services performed by a qualified HVAC contractor.

You can’t prevent dust and contaminants from entering your home, but you can certainly have them cleaned out. However, it will take the professional tools and techniques of an expert to ensure that every part of the ducts is wiped clean.

Plus, “duct cleaning” doesn’t just mean ducts. A thorough duct cleaning also involves the sensitive components of your air conditioner, such as the evaporator and condenser coils. Keeping these components clean is the key to keeping efficiency high and preventing air quality issues like dirty sock syndrome.

And Don’t Forget About Mold

As you are fully aware, Florida is home to humidity almost all year round. That excessive moisture and heat—combined with the buildup of dust and dirt in the ducts—can form mold.

A small amount of mold in the ducts is not an issue, but if it continues to grow, it can eventually spread mold spores throughout your home. At this point, you’ll need mold testing and remediation services along with duct cleaning to fix the problem.

Go One Step Further With Air Filtration and Purification

If you’re looking to remain proactive about keeping your air quality fresh, you can also opt to have air filters and purifiers installed. A technician can test your air quality for the most prevalent contaminants and then install the proper devices.

To have your air quality tested and learn more about duct cleaning, contact North Central Florida Air Conditioning today. Improving Lives by Improving Homes!

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