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Should I get my air ducts cleaned?

Should I get my air ducts cleaned?

When it comes to ways you wish to use a summer day, using it cleaning your air ducts (or having them cleaned by a professional) is probably not at the top of your “fun things to do” list. Eventually, however, it will become necessary. And given that it is unavoidable, it is best to build a positive understanding of the process.

If you are on the fence about whether to get your air ducts clean, consider what the consequences of procrastinating the process might be. If you are unsure about what those consequences are, then here are three things that will happen if you do not get your air ducts cleaned.

  • “Sick Building” Syndrome

This is the most pronounced problem with having dirty air ducts. It does not matter if you are the manager of an apartment building or living comfortably in the suburbs—go too long without cleaning your ducts and this will happen. So, just what is sick building syndrome? Well, it is when the air in your building is constantly dirty.

Sick building syndrome means that the air in your building has been filled with bacteria, pollen, and other allergens. Now, it is quite normal for these things to find their way into a building. The issue is that they usually do not leave on their own. An air duct will usually filter them out. But a dirty air duct cannot filter anything.

If you want to keep you and anyone living in your building from suffering constant exposure to irritating and dirty air, get your air ducts cleaned.

  • Smelly, Smelly Air

This symptom of dirty air ducts does not have the refined sounding name that Sick Building Syndrome has, but that is because it does not need it. Smelly air is not a complicated issue to face, but it is bothersome. 

Smelly air is related to dirty air ducts in two ways: First, the bad smells that are put in the air cannot be filtered out of it due to the air duct filters being clogged. Second, because those filters (and likely the air ducts themselves) are ranked with dust, they are also actively adding bad smells to the atmosphere. 

  • Vermin in the Air Ducts

This is a less common issue, but still, one that you must worry about if you are neglecting your air ducts. The problem with dirty air ducts is that they can easily become homes to rats and mice, especially during times of the year where their temperature is preferable to whatever is outside.

When it is winter, small animals seek warmth. When it is summer, they seek the cold. Air ducts can provide both, and usually in a timely manner. Vermin taking up residence in your air ducts is possible, and the bacteria they carry and waste they produce can lead to illness and irritation in the breathing of anyone in your building.

These are just a few of the reasons why you need to get your air ducts cleaned. Just be sure to do it safely and seek professional help if you need it.