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May 11, 2015 at 2:30 PMComments: 0 Faves: 1

What May Be Living in Your Ducts

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You may be the biggest neat freak on the planet, but if you’re not mindful of your home’s ductwork, there may be plenty of contaminants lurking in your home invisible to the naked eye. Here are some of the nasty possibilities:

Dust, and lots of it. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), there can be as much as 40 pounds of dust created in an average six-room home every year. You may be vigilant about vacuuming it off your floors, but there could be pounds of it in your ductwork.

Dust mites. This pest is a microscopic organism closely related to spiders and ticks. They thrive in humid, warm, and dark environments, and can be circulated through your home by ducts. This can trigger allergies and asthma.

Pet dander. Those of us who love our pets, they bring countless hours of joy. But they don’t come without baggage. Pet dander is often a breath-taking experience, literally. Minimize the potential for allergic reactions by having your ducts cleaned regularly and consider an air purification system to remove allergens from the air in your home.

Mold. Fungus thrives in damp areas, and can cause respiratory trouble. This is a common problem where air leaving the air conditioner evaporator is saturated..

Pollen. It sticks to everything, which is why you should vacuum or steam clean upholstered furniture, not just your carpet. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies caused by pollen. As long as you’re not a hermit, you will drag pollen into your home, which is why you just need to be vigilant about cleaning your home and your home’s ductwork.

Bacteria. It can go from the ductwork of your home to the living area, causing some potentially serious respiratory problems. But even if you don’t have a pre-existing health condition, it can cause problems.

Having your ducts cleaned isn’t just about the health of your family, though that is the most important reason. You can also save money, since a dirty HVAC system has to work harder to achieve the results you want, but at a higher price on your monthly utility bills.

Also read: Why Balanced Home Humidity Matters

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