4 Health Risks You Face From Having Dirty Ductwork
With winter fast approaching, it’s likely that you and your family will be spending a lot of time hunkering down indoors. Because everyone will be in such close proximity, it makes sense that family members may get sick a bit more frequently. However, if you notice that the same stubborn bug is being passed around nearly every week, it may mean that there is an issue with your indoor air quality. Filthy ducts not only harbor dirt and allergens, but also viruses and bacteria that will circulate along with the air you and your family breathes!
4 Health Hazards Hiding In Your Ductwork
Mold & Mildew
Mold thrives in dark, cool environments, so if your ducts have not been cleaned in a while, moisture in the air can encourage rapid growth. Breathing mildew and mold spores can lead to a plethora of health problems, including:
- Sinus Issues
- Watery Eyes
- Sore Throat
- Persistent Cough
- Skin Rashes
Pests & Vermin
Because your ductwork is hidden away in the walls, it can be easy to let necessary maintenance slip your mind. Even if your system is adequately sealed, bugs and small animals can still manage to find a way inside. Over time, dead insects and animal droppings will accumulate in your system and contaminate your air. Regularly cleaning your ducts is the only way to prevent these unsanitary irritants from infiltrating your system!
Airborne allergens such as dust and pollen will build up inside your system if it is not properly maintained, worsening seasonal allergies and preexisting breathing difficulties such as asthma. Sustaining high indoor air quality is especially important for people with respiratory conditions, as it is recommended they stay inside on pollen-heavy days to avoid experiencing any symptoms. Duct cleaning is a crucial element of your strategy to keep the air in your home allergen-free.
Did you know that poor indoor air quality can lead to a sinus infection? If too many irritants enter through nasal passages, your sinuses will become inflamed as your body attempts to fight off the foreign particles. This inflammation can lead to an uncomfortable infection, which, if left untreated, can result in major health problems down the road such as:
- Swollen Eyes
- Chronic Sinusitis
Eliminate health hazards brought on by poor indoor air quality by scheduling routine duct maintenance! If you can’t remember the last time your system was cleaned, give Hyde’s a call at (760) 360-2202. Our licensed HVAC team will provide the air quality solutions you need to improve your family’s health!