Clean Air Ducts Are Crucial For Indoor Air Quality
Air ducts are essentially the lungs of your home. They filter air throughout your home and help regulate the temperatures inside. If your home's ductwork is not inspected or cleaned on a regular basis, they can become contaminated from mold, dust, and other types of build-up. Many homeowners do not perform the necessary maintenance to their air ducts, mostly due to them being difficult to access without professional training and equipment. Ignoring air duct maintenance is one of the primary reasons they become overly susceptible to mold growth and other contaminants.
A Mold Issue Becomes Even More Complicated When It Spreads To Your Home’s Ventilation System
When mold forms in your home, it releases thousands of spores into the air as part of its reproduction process. If the spores get into your air ducts, they can latch onto a moist or dirty surface of the duct’s interior walls. Since mold and spores often go unseen or are deemed too difficult to clean, they are frequently ignored. These spores will then form mold colonies that can multiply rapidly in your air ducts, especially as the fan from air conditioning and heating systems helps spread spores further throughout the structure.
The Health Dangers Of Indoor Air Pollution
Poor indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. Ninety-seven percent of homes tested have lower than acceptable levels of indoor air quality, according to research from AirAdvice for Homes, Inc. In fact, indoor air pollution levels are often two to five times greater than outdoor pollution levels, but can even reach levels 25 to 100 times greater.
When allergens such as dust, dust mites, dander, pollen, bacteria, spores and smoke accumulate inside the home, they can trigger allergies and asthma, contribute to the spread of disease, impair lung function, and cause other symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, and sore throat.
If you notice excessive dust in your home, stuffy air, moisture on window panes, rooms that feel hotter or colder than the rest of the house, or a musty smell, you may have an indoor air quality problem. Frequent sneezing, feelings of lethargy, and dry skin can also indicate poor indoor quality. Inspecting, cleaning, and repairing any compromised duct work may help improve the air quality and energy efficiency of the system.
Prevention Is Your First Line Of Defense In Eliminating Contamination
A large part of the battle against mold and allergen buildup is preventing their formation in the first place. Observe the following tips to help prevent mold buildup in your home:
- Keep surfaces in your home clean and dry
- Regularly change filters on your air handlers according to their instruction labels
- Sanitize your vents and remove dust and dirt buildup that break down your filter more rapidly
- Limit or prohibit smoking indoors
- Use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms (if possible, keep your bathroom fan running 30 minutes after your shower is finished)
- Remove shoes when entering the home
Following these steps can help maintain indoor air quality, but despite the best efforts, contaminants and mold issues can still arise. If you notice leaky ducts, dirty and moist filters, strange odors coming from your air vents, or you are constantly experiencing symptoms of health risks associated with mold and dust, your air ducts may be contaminated.
Comprehensive And Thorough Air Duct Cleaning From The Experts You Trust
The most reliable method to remove mold and other contaminants like dust, pet dander, and rodent excrement from your air ducts is to hire a professional. JP Pest Services is trained and equipped to remove these contaminants from your system’s vents and ducts. We use a powerful, HEPA certified air duct cleaning system that is highly effective in eliminating the presence of mold and allergens from your air ducts.
Let Us Show You Exactly What's Been Accumulating Inside Of Your Air Ducts
Before we start the cleaning process, we use the Roto-Vision Video Inspection Camera to inspect your air ducts. This handy camera attachment allows us to show you what's been accumulating inside of your ducts and helps our technicians ensure that the problem areas are accurately targeted and thoroughly cleaned.
Along with professional air duct cleaning, JP Pest Services also offers complete mold remediation services. Learn more about our mold control services here.