Is There Something Lurking in Your Home’s Ductwork?

The potential hazards of dirty ducts and how to combat them

The air duct system in your home is responsible for delivering warm and cool air as needed, but are you sure that’s all that’s blowing around the house? If your ducts are dirty, they could be doing more harm than good every time you adjust the thermostat.

Health Risks

Severe buildup of dirt and debris inside ducts can cause allergens, pathogens, and mold to wind up in the air of your home. Extremely dirty ducts are a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and other health hazards that constantly recirculate if the ducts aren’t clean. Simply living in your home creates up to 40 pounds of dirt per year, much of which gets pulled into the duct system and can aggravate allergies and asthma when pushed back out.

Fire Hazard

When dirt accumulates in the duct area above your furnace, there’s a risk that excess could drop onto the burners inside and catch fire. Dirty ducts may also accompany a dirty filter, a problem that creates a twofold fire hazard. One, a dirty filter may cause the furnace to operate at a dangerously high temperature, increasing the chance of fire. Two, the dirt in the filter may become excessive and fall into the furnace unit itself where it can start a blaze.

HVAC Failure

Air can’t circulate well through dirty ducts, so your heating and cooling system has to work harder to maintain a constant temperature. Over time, this puts strain on the unit and can cause premature failure. Plus, it doesn’t take more than 1/16 of an inch of debris accumulating on a heating or cooling coil to decrease the efficiency of the entire system.

Cleaning Up

Incorporate these steps into your regular cleaning routine to help prevent dust and debris from collecting in your air ducts and winding up in your home:

• Vacuum and dust all rooms well on a regular basis

• Inspect your furnace filter and change it if need be

• Check ducts for leaks and fix any minor damage you find

• Schedule regular HVAC maintenance

The best way to get all the dirt out of your ducts is to let the pros do the work. For a thorough air duct cleaning job, call Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling. With an expert staff trained in all aspects of service, we can ensure that your ducts are completely cleaned out to keep you and your family safe from potential hazards. Visit our website for a full description of services that we offer to residents of Fort Wayne, IN, or to contact us for an appointment.