Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can aggravate allergies or asthma and leave your family feeling perpetually under the weather. If you’re suffering from unexplained symptoms like respiratory problems or itchy eyes, contaminants in your air may be the cause. Find out whether the problem is coming from your ducts so you can take proper action to restore your family’s health and improve the IAQ in your home.

When You Need a Duct Cleaning

If your home has suffered from water damage or humidity from an improperly sealed home has gotten into your ducts, you may find mold growth here. If you can see mold in the ducts, it’s time for a cleaning. Over time, accumulated dirt and dust can create the need for a duct cleaning as well. This dusty buildup within the ducts creates a welcoming home for bacteria, allergens, and other hazards. When the system is operating, it can disperse the dust throughout the ductwork as well as the home.

Signs of Dirty Ducts

In extreme cases, you may see debris or pet hairs blowing out of the ducts when your HVAC system is running. A foul odor coming from the ducts is a sure sign of contaminants as well. Clean your registers first, but if that doesn’t solve the problem then the ductwork is to blame.

How a Professional Duct Cleaning Helps

A professional duct cleaning goes beyond what a homeowner can do on his or her own. Professionals use specialized equipment to clean every part of the system including:
  • Supply ducts
  • Intake ducts
  • Return ducts
  • Air handler
  • Registers
  • Grilles
  • Fans
  • Motors
  • Housings
  • Coils
If you’re seeing signs of dirty ductwork, contact One Source Heating and Cooling at 205-209-4246. Our residential services will help you get your HVAC equipment and ductwork back in shape so you can breathe easily again in your Birmingham home. Image provided by Shutterstock

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