It seems like almost everywhere there’s something that can cause allergies or make your allergies worse.
They can lurk anywhere, from the flowers in the vase on your table to the pine trees nearby. Even your pet can leave dander behind, another common allergen.
According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. They affect roughly 24 million Americans—and that figure includes 6 million children.
Allergens are substances that cause allergies. The most common allergens include pollen, dust mites, and animal dander.
If you’ve been putting off your air duct cleaning, these allergens may be hiding within your heating or air conditioning ductwork. Even more alarming, they may be distributed throughout your home.
Can Dirty Air Ducts Cause Allergies?
Well, technically, allergens cause allergies—but when they build up in your ductwork, then your heating and air conditioning system becomes a way for these allergens to spread.
Even worse, when you come into your house from outside, you may be unknowingly carrying these allergens with you—for example, there might be traces of pollen on your clothes. These make their way into the ductwork, and from there, they are distributed around your home.
What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Air Ducts?
If you don’t clean your air ducts, you might be hit with much more than a sinus problem—you may find that your wallet isn’t in good shape either.
When your air ducts aren’t clean, your heating and air conditioning have to work harder to keep your room temperature comfortable. This can lead to higher power bills.
Another reason is that these ducts may become contaminated by allergens, and if they aren’t cleaned, these contaminants can spread throughout your home. This, in turn, affects your indoor air quality.
These contaminants can also make skin conditions, such as hives, rashes and dry skin, worse. In certain cases, these problems may even be caused by these airborne contaminants
How Can You Tell When Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning?
As we mentioned earlier, if your allergies are giving you trouble despite treatment, you may have contaminants in your home environment.
In certain cases, you may actually see dust when air starts to come through your vents. It’s sometimes accompanied by a musty, unnatural smell.
If you have these signs, then we recommend air duct cleaning. We also recommend it if you’ve recently done some remodeling or construction, or if it’s been three to five years since you’ve had them cleaned.
Of course, if you have seen any visible sign of mold, you’ll likely need these ducts cleaned in addition to mold remediation.
Still not sure? Ask yourself these following questions:
- Are you sick a lot? If someone in your household has asthma, has it been giving them trouble despite treatment?
- Do you remember the last time you had your air ducts cleaned?
- Does your home always have an unpleasant, musty smell?
- Did you forget to clean your air ducts after the last construction project?
If you answered yes to any of these, then we encourage you to let us take a look.
First Call is the Right Call When You Take Advantage of Our Air Duct Cleaning Services
Looking for air duct cleaning services near you? We offer extensive services in Greensboro, Burlington and the Triangle areas.
If you’re not sure whether or not you need it, we offer free inspections by calling 336-361-2682.
It’s enough to have to put up with allergens when you are outside—don’t put up with allergens inside your home.
Contact us today.