Air ducts often accumulate dust that can be seen on the filters, registers, and vents. However, dust isn’t the only thing found inside air ducts. Air ducts are full of various contaminants that enter your home and is in your air. We often breathe these various pollutants in, which lead to illness and other health affected conditions. Sterling Environmental Air Duct Cleaning will share some of the most common types of contaminants found inside the average home’s air duct systems.
Air Duct Contaminants VS Inanimate Particles
The average home air duct system is filled with different types of contaminants and inanimate particles which most people will assume is the same thing. However, inanimate particles is that thin layer of dust and dirt that is often combined with dead skin cells and pet dander. Not so common are the types of inanimate particles that do occur such as drywall dust, asbestos, and fiberglass, which typically occurs during construction or remodeling. This thin layer of heavy particles becomes airborne when the HVAC system is running and blowing air through the air ducts. When these particles become airborne, they will circulate throughout your home, leaving constant dust and causing allergies.
Living Particles in Air Ducts
Air ducts don’t just accumulate dirt and dander. They also can produce living particles such as mold and mildew. Air ducts often create the prefect environment for mold, mildew and fungus which is considered a living contaminant or living particle. Mold and mildew can cause severe allergies and even trigger asthma attacks and cause respiratory problems. Mold often occurs when there is a leak in the air ducts which causes the moisture to condensate. Eventually mold develops and other fungal growth. Mold will leave black dust like particles around air vents. Signs of mold inside the air duct system is extremely hazardous. As the air circulates through the air ducts, the air will cause mold spores to become airborne where they are later breathed in. This affects the health of the entire household.
When to Clean Air Ducts
Most experts will suggest you have your air ducts cleaned every two to three years. However, when you have dust blowing out of the registers or your home is covered in dust shortly after cleaning, it is time to have your air ducts cleaned. Signs of mold is a major problem. If mold is detected it is important to seek professional air duct cleaning services and advise them of the presence of mold. They will clean and treat the mold to ensure your home air is properly cleaned. Another, common problem with air ducts is pests. Many types of pests have been found living inside air ducts: pests like spiders, cockroaches and even mice and rats. Some of these pests can carry parasites, disease, and viruses which can be passed to humans by inhalation. If pests have been found inside your home or business air ducts, for the safety and health of those inside, it is important to have the air ducts cleaned.
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If your air ducts require cleaning and you want to ensure your home’s indoor air is clean and safe, contact Sterling Environmental Air Duct Cleaning today!