Have you ever wondered how air ducts get dirty? A dirty air duct system can have a major effect on your home’s indoor air quality as well as the health of those inside the home. The air duct system is the passage way for the cooled or warmed air to travels through to maintain the home temperature. When the air ducts get dirty, the air flowing through the ducts will bring all of the dirt and other contaminates into your home. Today Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning would like to share what causes air ducts to get dirty and when is the best time to have them cleaned. Most homeowners will remember to clean or replace their air filters and assume their job is done. However, the air vents and air ducts also need to be cleaned to ensure clean air and a healthier HVAC system. Air ducts can go a long time in between cleaning. However, there are a number of elements that will, over time, cause the air duct to become very dirty.
Where Does Dust Come from in a House?
An air duct system can accumulate a lot of dirt which comes into the home and up into the air ducts. Dirt can come into a home when kids or pets bring it inside the home. When doors and windows are not sealed, much of the dirt can come through the leaks in the doors and windows as well. However, dirt isn’t the only common particles in the air ducts. There is dust as well. Dust is different from dirt. Dust is a combination of dirt, dander and dead skin. Dust is found in every home and much of it can get sucked up into the air ducts. Dust can build up inside the air duct system very quickly in larger households and those with indoor pets. To keep dust in check with the larger house hold or those with pets, air ducts may need cleaning every 3 to 5 years. Most air duct systems can ago every 8 to 10 years.
Not Changing Air Filter in House Causes Dust
Air ducts can also become dirtier more quickly when the air filters are not changed out as needed. The air filter is designed to capture the particles inside the home. When the filters have reach their max, the particles will flow into the air ducts. To prolong the need for air duct cleaning, it is essential to have the air filters changed or cleaned for those with washable filters.
Leaky Air Ducts Can Make House Dusty
Air ducts can also become very dirty when there is a leak or a split. Air ducts can become full of dirt, as well as insulation when there is a massive split in the ductwork. Air ducts can also house pests such as spiders, cockroaches, and rodents. Pests can also infect the air ducts leaving behind feces and more. When pests invade the air duct system, it can seriously compromise your indoor air quality. Air ducts may require deep sanitizing if pests have made their way inside. Air ducts must be kept sealed to help keep them clean.
Mold in Air Ducts & Vents Makes it Dusty
Another common problem for air ducts is mold. At times an issue with condensation can occur inside the air duct system. Mold can develop inside the air duct system leading to health problems. Mold mostly occurs when condensation builds up inside or water enters through a leak. Condensation occurs when cold air from the HVAC system mixes with humid air from outside. An air duct leak can allow the humid air to enter the air duct system, causing the condensation.
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When mold and dirt is present inside the air duct system, it is time to have the ductwork cleaned. When your air ducts need cleaning, contact Air Pure Air Duct Cleaning and schedule our services today.