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Spring Allergies? Time to Have Your Ducts Cleaned!

It is officially Spring! Springtime brings in warmer weather, longer days, and plenty of sunshine, but for many, Springtime means horrible allergies.  Many see the start of spring as a welcomed change. But if you suffer from allergies, Springtime can quickly become the most dreaded season of the year. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you probably feel them with every inhale, inside and outside.

The air ducts in your home provide a very important function: they circulate the air from your heating and cooling system in and out of each room, which allows for consistent comfort regardless of the season. The air cycling through your ducts is the same air that completely fills your living environment…and it is the same air that you and your family breathe on a daily basis. You want this air to be as clean as possible and dirty air ducts can cause your allergies to heighten and make you sick, which is why now is the best time to get your ducts cleaned!

Over time, allergens can build up in your air ducts, making it harder to avoid allergy symptoms regardless of how clean your house is. If you’re wondering whether your air ducts need a cleaning, ask yourself:

  • Have you had your air ducts cleaned in the last five years?
  • Does your house constantly collect dust?
  • Are your allergy symptoms triggered when you turn on the heat or air conditioner?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should schedule a duct cleaning.

Why Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Heating and cooling systems become contaminated over time. Water deposits and an accumulation of dirt or mold could be causing poor air quality inside your home. If your system contains visible mold, this is a sure sign that it is time to contact a home comfort consultant. In fact, mold that you can see could be a sign that there is mold elsewhere as well. It is necessary to have a trained professional inspect those hidden areas. A buildup of particles may potentially be released into your home through the HVAC system, causing health concerns and a generally uncomfortable breathing environment.

What Can I Do Between Cleanings?

1) Change your filters periodically; if they are frequently backed up, you may want to change them more frequently.

2) Try to seal off supply and return registers, but keep the heating and cooling system off until all dust is cleaned.

4) Dust and vacuum on a regular basis.

5) If in-duct humidification equipment is contained in your system, be sure to follow your manufacturer’s specific guidelines regarding operation and maintenance.

Have questions? Think a whole home duct cleaning could be beneficial for you and your home? Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone with any questions or concerns regarding your air ducts! We have been, and will continue to be "Absolutely the Best" in home comfort, that's a guarantee!

Topics: Ductwork Indoor Air Quality Duct Cleaning Spring Allergies