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3 Reasons Why Your Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned Regularly

Our heating, ventilating, and air conditioning units (HVAC) are an important part of our homes. Without them, we cannot control the temperature inside to withstand the varying weather changes throughout the year. Cities like Oklahoma City are especially dependent on the performance of HVAC.

It should be no surprise then that the health of our HVAC is almost as important as our own. Specifically, you should pay attention to the quality of the air ducts and vents. Although a small part in an otherwise large system, clean ducts can help prevent other problems that can occur if properly maintained. If you think your HVAC needs air duct cleaning, now may be the time.

The 3 Main Hazards

Asthma and Allergies

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has noted that on a daily basis, 80% of Americans are exposed to dust mites and another 60% are exposed to pet dander. Dust mites, pollen, and dander can cause health problems especially to those who suffer from asthma and allergies. This is one of the most common reasons to have air duct and dryer vent cleaning done regularly.

On a similar note, the Environmental Protection Agency has expressed growing concerns for the air quality indoors. They remarked that research is showing that people are spending about 90% of their time indoors. While this may not be a cause for concern for seasonal allergy sufferers, it is a problem if the air quality indoors is not what it’s expected to be.

Water Hazard

Not only will the air quality be poor, but neglecting to clean your air ducts can also lead to water damage in your home. Moisture builds up in air conditioning units and this increases the chances of mold and mildew growing in your walls, floors, and ceilings. This happens more often than people think it does and sometimes requires a water cleanup or restoration service.

Fire Hazard

Potential fire hazards are another reason why cleaning your dryer vent is important. Our clothes produce a lot of lint, and we use our dryers as much as, if not more so, than we do our heating and cooling systems. The combination of a duct full of dry lint and high heat from the dryer could create a fire hazard for you and your home.

Air ducts may seem like a small issue compared to maintaining other appliances, but they can create bigger issues if left unchecked. Contact Duct Squads today for air duct cleaning services in the Oklahoma City area.