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Dirty Air Ducts

Dangers of Dirty Air Ducts

You expect your HVAC system in Birmingham, Alabama, to effectively filter dust and debris from the air, giving you good indoor air quality for daily living. No matter how much you clean your home, your air ducts can still accumulate dirt, causing some potential problems.

Increased Respiratory Problems

Normally, you would change your air filters every 60 to 90 days to keep the house free of dust, debris, and pet fur. But what if you’re putting a clean filter on a dirty duct system? The particles of dirt that collect in the duct system are on the other side of the filter, and much harder to see. But as they float around your house with the circulating air, they can cause eye irritation, a sore throat, sinus irritation, coughing, potentially leading to serious or chronic pulmonary problems.

Musty and Unpleasant Odors

If you come home and notice a musty or unpleasant smell, you may have dirt buildup in your ducts. Accumulated dust, dirt, pet fur, fibers, and skin cells can settle into a dirty coating inside your ductwork that traps moisture and possibly even insects such as dust mites. The combination of all these pollutants leads to unpleasant smells circulating through the air in the house that no amount of vacuuming, mopping, or air freshener can get rid of.

Lessens Efficiency of Your HVAC System

Any kind of buildup on any part of the system is cause for concern. Dirty air filters stop air flow. Accumulated debris on the condenser unit restricts the proper flow of the refrigerant, causing decreased cooling capacity. If the insides of your ducts are coated with dirt and debris, it’s a sign your whole system is being neglected and working below its capacity.

Our professional technicians can clean your ducts with a heavy-duty vacuum that has attachments to access your ductwork. Call us today at (205) 509-1929 to add a duct cleaning as part of your regular HVAC maintenance.

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