You’ve most likely heard of the harmful effects of air pollution and how it can affect your health, but most people don’t really bother thinking about the quality of the air indoors. But when you are indoors, the amount of dust, dirt, and other pollutants in your HVAC system can affect the quality of the air you breathe in, which in turn can have adverse effects on your health.
Read on to find more about the health problems filthy air ducts can cause, the reasons you need to have them cleaned from time to time, and the signs that indicate you need to have your HVAC cleaned up ASAP.
Health problems caused by unclean air ducts
There are several health problems that can be caused because your dirty air duct system is blowing unclean air around. Some of them are:
- Sinus Problems: The dust and dirt enters your body and your nasal passages which could lead to inflammation or infection in your sinuses.
- Allergies: Since air ducts can easily collect allergens such as mold spores, pollen grains and dust which could cause allergy attacks to people who are allergic to them. One of the most common signs that show you need to have your air duct cleaned is when you start noticing you have allergy attacks more often when you are in your home or office than when you are outside.
- Asthma: The pollutants in the air ducts that haven’t been cleaned for a while can cause asthma attacks.
- Respiratory Infections: Dirty ductwork doesn’t just contain dirt, dust and other allergens – they may also contain fungi, bacteria and viruses. So, when you breathe in the air of blown by these dirty ducts, these health threatening organisms enter your body and can potentially cause infection in your nasal cavity or in your respiratory systems.
Other Reasons to have them cleaned up
Once your air system has been cleaned thoroughly, you will notice that you don’t have to dust as often as you used to and you will notice a lesser dust collected once the room gets a sweep. Having your air ducts cleaned will also improve the quality, the efficiency of your appliances as dirt can damage them, so having your HVAC system cleaned will make your appliances last longer.
When Should you Get Your HVAC system cleaned?
We’ve already talked about noticing if you get allergy or asthma attacks in your home or office, but you should still peek into your HVAC system to see if your air ducts look visibly dirty. If you notice cobwebs, dirt, dust and debris blowing out of your air system, or if you see mold in there, then you should definitely consider having your HVAC system cleaned.
Sometimes, dirty air ducts also have dead insects or rodent excreta- which are signs you should definitely have your air ducts cleaned. (You probably don’t want to breathe in the polluted air blowing out of your air system). It is recommended that you get your air system cleaned after every 3-4 years and after every major construction or remodeling project.
Getting it cleaned…
To have your air ducts cleaned properly, it is necessary to have the entire system cleaned in one go as cleaning only a few vents at a time without cleaning your furnace will cause the vents to become contaminated again as there will still be contaminants in the system.
NYC Steam Cleaning cleans the entire air duct system, including all the air ducts, return and supply vents, air filters, drain pans and blowers. When you have the entire system cleaned, the chances of dirt and debris blowing back into the clean areas from the unclean ones as soon as you turn your air conditioner on are reduced.
NYC Steam Cleaning first examines your HVAC system to see the amount of dust in it and to observe where it has been collected. Once the inspection is over, they note down the work to be done and will give you an estimate of the time needed to complete it. The company employs technicians who are certified by NADCA and uses advanced equipment to clean each component of your system methodically.
To have your air duct system cleaned, call NYC Steam Cleaning at 1-888-245-1199. They are experts in both residential and commercial cleaning and have satisfied clients like Sheraton with their services in the past.
-Because you deserve to breathe in fresh and clean air indoors.