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It’s very easy to overlook the unseen structural features and equipment in your home, especially if the system, such as your HVAC appears to be working as it should. There are certain times during the year; however when your HVAC system isn’t in use, which is typically when unknown, problems may arise. One of the most common problems relating to your HVAC system is dirty ducts, which commonly experience the most abuse when the HVAC system is not in use. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to have routine duct cleaning.

The Buildup of Dirt, Dust, and Debris

If you are noticing a buildup of dust on tables and bookshelves, it’s most likely a result of the air ducts being dirty and dusty. Routine duct cleaning means there will not be a buildup of dust, dirt, and debris in the air ducts, which results in you having to dust your home less often. When the HVAC system isn’t in use, the dust and debris lay dormant in the ductwork, so as soon as you turn the system on, there will be an extreme amount of dust that gets blown out and throughout your home.

Mold Spores

One of the scariest concerns for homeowners is discovering mold in their homes. HVAC systems are a common source for mold spores being dispersed throughout the air. If mold is developing in your HVAC system, it will automatically be blown through the air ducts and out into the indoor air. Not only will this affect your indoor air quality, but it may lead to symptoms of allergies and asthma, especially in children and the elderly. Routine duct cleaning ensures that the system is clean and free from dangerous mold spores.

Insects and Rodents in the Ducts

When the weather is cold outside, insects and rodents search for a place that is warm and the air ducts provide the perfect environment for them. Mice, rats, and squirrels are notorious for chewing through even the toughest materials, including your home’s electrical wiring and their droppings and dander can easily seep into the indoor air as these pests use the air ducts for a pathway. Routine duct cleaning can help prevent the risk of rodent transmitting diseases, such as Hantavirus, which is often caused by rodent droppings.

Winter has arrived, so it’s time to consider getting your ducts cleaned. An experienced technician will be able to inspect the ductwork through your home, clean it, and ultimately improve the air quality in your home. Not only will routine duct cleaning help to improve the air quality and reduce the dust in your home, but it may also help to reduce your energy costs. When the air ducts are clean and free-flowing the heat and cold from your HVAC system will be able to easily flow through the ducts and into your home, without the worry of blockage or picking up harmful debris along the way.