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Everyone knows that breathing in dust can lead to sneezing and runny noses. But what most people don’t realize is that dust is often the least toxic form of debris trapped in the average air duct system.
If you knew about some of the really scary stuff that could be hiding in your air ducts and getting blown back into your indoor air supply, you might be tempted to pack a bag and run!
Luckily, you don’t have to get that extreme to restore control over the cleanliness and purity of your indoor air at home or at work. In this post, learn about 6 reasons to have your air ducts cleaned ASAP.
1: Rodents may be nesting there
Rodents! Oh boy. The truth is, your indoor air duct system is perfectly rodent-sized. Mice, rats, squirrels, and other small mammals (not to mention insects galore) have likely already discovered how cozy and secure your air ducts are for breeding and nesting.
Once they get in, rodents bring all kinds of bad stuff with them. Disease, bacteria, parasites — you don’t want any of this in your indoor air supply, but the only way to be sure it doesn’t get in is to keep the critters out.
If you know there are critters hiding out in your air ducts, you will want to contact a pest removal company first to get them out. After you are sure they are all out and the openings are sealed, you can schedule an indoor air duct cleaning to be sure there is no trace of them left.
2: All that pet hair has to go somewhere!
If you don’t have any pets, you may be in the clear here (but see reason 6 just in case). However, in 2014 alone, 57 percent of Canadian homeowners cohabitated with at least one pet, and the most popular pets have fur or feathers, both of which get shed frequently.
What this adds up to is quite a heap of pet dander, hair, hairballs, and other pet-related detritus. What doesn’t end up sandwiched in between your bed linens, clinging to your socks, lurking in your carpeting, or tucked into your dryer vents gets sucked up into your HVAC unit’s air duct system, where it stays until it gets pushed out into your indoor air supply again and again.
3: You don’t want to be in the smoke-recycling business
If you or someone else in your family smokes or uses tobacco products, you have probably noticed how hard it can be to completely remove the odour from the air. Using air fresheners can even make the problem worse, since many commercial air fresheners are actually potent concoctions of toxic chemicals in their own right.
After the odour is removed from the immediate rooms, the tiny particulates and chemical residue are still present, but it has now relocated to your indoor air ducts. There, the particulates continue to cling to the dust and debris trapped inside and eventually repeatedly get pushed back into your indoor air supply.
4: Debris build-up traps moisture that turns into mould spores and breeds bacteria
If you have ever stepped outside in the morning to admire the shining dew beads on the summer grass, you already know how easily small drops of moisture can add up to a whole lot of damp!
Now imagine those dew beads nestling in among the dirt and dust trapped in your indoor air vents. There is no circulation in there. There is nothing coming to dehumidify that dust and debris. The moisture is busy transforming into mildew and mould spores. Any bacteria that happens along will also find a comfy and hospitable new home to breed and disseminate through your indoor air supply.
Without rooting out the source of the allergens in your indoor air supply, symptom management is the best you can hope for. At the risk of putting themselves out of business, this is why allergists in particular often recommend air duct cleanings to patients.
5: Seems too clean inside after your renovations? Guess why!
The average home/office improvement project can generate a significant amount of allergy and asthma-producing debris. From lingering chemical residue and odours to small mountains of tiny particulate matter, much of this can make its way into your indoor air duct system no matter how hard you strive to prevent it.
Even after you have sanded and painted and shined and cleaned, there is still a high risk of developing allergies or asthma symptoms from the debris you can’t see that is now trapped in your indoor air ducts.
6: Turn the unknown into the known
If you have recently purchased a home, even the most thorough inspection and assessment won’t be able to tell you what the previous homeowners’ habits were like.
The house may look spic and span without and within, but unless you have peered directly into the air duct system with an air purity test monitor, you have no way of knowing what may be trapped in your indoor air system.
Here, you want to be sure to clean your indoor air ducts immediately, simply to remove all the debris and toxins from the previous owners and have a fresh start.
Clean Air Solutions Hamilton is Here to Help
If you are concerned about the quality of your indoor air supply, we recommend starting with an indoor air quality test. This simple, unobtrusive test will identify any special concerns that may require monitoring (such as carbon monoxide levels).