How Dirty Ductwork Can Damage Your Home Comfort

September 20, 2020

The majority of United States residences have central heating and cooling. These HVAC systems utilize one or more external HVAC units that actually heat and cool the air inside homes, ductwork that carries the air throughout homes, and air input and output vents. Ductwork, which is hidden in walls, floors, ceilings, and under homes, inevitably gets dirty; due to its practically invisible nature, ducts often go uncleaned, having a potentially negative impact on residents.

Mold Can Live in Ductwork

Mold is a common fungus that can be found in many homes. This microorganism is necessary for decomposition, an essential part of life, though you don’t want mold in or around your home’s ventilation system. Mold thrives in humid environments. Even though ductwork might not seem wet due to how much ventilation ducts carry, insulated air ducts are prone to absorbing moisture. Mold contributes to poor indoor air quality and is known to cause symptoms like wheezing, coughing, increased mucus production, and skin rashes.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Neglecting your home’s ductwork can result in poor indoor air quality. Even without other indoor pollutants, dirty ductwork alone can substantially reduce your quality of living.

Mice and Bugs Sometimes Live in Ductwork

Mice and insects, again, are part of life on planet Earth, but virtually nobody wants to live with them. Since ducts often go years, if not decades, without being inspected, rodents or insects can puncture, travel through, or even live in them. While mice traps and fumigators might be effective in many situations, eliminating these pests from ductwork is a different story. In addition to not being fun to live around, they can cause allergy and asthma flares and even spread disease.

Dirty ductwork can impact your family’s health and result in lower energy efficiency, not to mention lower your home’s value. In addition to installing new HVAC units, repairing existing ones, improving indoor air quality, and performing regular HVAC maintenance, we clean and replace dirty ductwork. If you live in or around Abbeville, Louisiana, look no further — call us, F & R Air Conditioning, Inc., or visit us online to learn more about our offerings.

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