by Karen Bates
(last updated December 3, 2018)
When deep-cleaning our homes, we like to think that we are cleaning up all surfaces whether we have to look at them or not. You probably clean inside of the refrigerator periodically, or wipe out cabinet shelves. It's nice to know that even areas you don't look at all of the time are clean and dirt-free.
Of course, we are bound to forget parts of the home that no one really thinks about cleaning. All because we don't see these surfaces, however, does not mean that it is not important to clean them when needed.
One area of your home that you might not have considered cleaning is your air ducts. These ducts are where air travels from the heating and cooling systems that keep your home at just the right temperature—your furnace and your central air conditioning unit. When these systems are on, air is constantly moving through the ducts and is blown out of vents into the rooms of your home.
You most likely don't see the inside of these ducts often, if ever, so you probably don't think about them. Just like any other area of your home, these ducts can become dirty. When air moves through the ducts, particles, dirt, and debris can be carried with it. These potential allergens can build up inside of your air ducts and can gradually pollute the air that comes into the rooms of your home. Unfortunately, these particles can cause health problems like allergies and can agitate respiratory problems like asthma.
If your air ducts are full of built-up dirt and debris, you might want to consider getting them cleaned out. This job can be a pretty dirty one, and if you don't have experience with cleaning air ducts then you will probably want to hire a professional duct cleaner to handle the task.
Duct cleaners will get into your home's air ducts and vacuum out the debris, leaving the surfaces clean. Sometimes, these cleaners will also use chemicals to help remove the dirty build-up.
If you are worried about potential indoor air pollution, take a look at your air ducts and find out if they might be a contributing problem. If the ducts in your home are dirty, consider having them cleaned out thoroughly by a duct cleaner. Of course, if the ducts appear to be clean and people in your home are still experiencing allergies, look for another possible source that could be causing the problem.
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