Allergy season in Fruit Cove tends to be more than a season. From warm, humid weather to plants, foliage, and flowers continually growing and in bloom, most of the year can be considered “allergy season.”
Many people who suffer from allergies are forced indoors during the worst of their allergy flare-ups, but when the quality of the air indoors is nearly as detrimental as the air outdoors, having your home as your sanctuary may not make much of a difference.
That’s where air duct cleaning can be a game-changer. Mold and allergens coating the inside of your air ducts can blow through your home every time your HVAC system turns on. Clean ductwork contributes to cleaner indoor air. And cleaner indoor air contributes to a healthier respite from allergies, asthma, and other breathing issues.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to dirty air ducts, call First Coast Home Pros at (904) 383-7721 or text (904) 712-2674. Our experienced team has special camera equipment so you can see what is inside your air ducts. Then we get them thoroughly clean so you can breathe easier.
Allergies, Asthma, and Your Air Ducts
Your HVAC system circulates several tons of air through it every day. The more often you use your central air conditioning or heat, the more often air is circulating through your ductwork. With that air comes dirt, dust, debris, and allergens.
Fortunately, some of that gets trapped in your HVAC filter. If you’re not regularly changing your HVAC filter, you should be!
However, everything that blows through your air ducts eventually starts to cake up along the top, sides, and bottom of the ducts. As your HVAC system turns on and air blows through your ducts, everything from dust to rodent droppings can blow around with it. You’re breathing that in.
For people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and cardiopulmonary issues, poor indoor air quality can range from irritating to dangerous.
Allergies in Fruit Cove
One of the most common allergens in Florida is ragweed — it’s a powerful allergen and it’s sticky. Which means it can easily stick to the inside of your ductwork. Mold is also a typical allergy for Florida residents due to the warmth, moisture, and humidity.
Allergy symptoms often include:
- Itchy eyes and throat
- Sinus congestion
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
But mold is particularly insidious. Unlike grasses and plants, mold doesn’t die. It can just keep compounding and getting worse. Mold can also grow inside of ductwork.
Symptoms of a mold allergy can include:
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose and throat
- Stuffy nose or runny nose
If you know you have a mold allergy and you find your symptoms getting worse when you’re in your home, having your air ducts cleaned is a great first step.
For people with asthma who are exposed to mold, symptoms can be even more serious and concerning:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in your chest
Asthma attacks are often triggered by exposure to mold. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having your air ducts cleaned, particularly if there is substantial mold growth or you’re sensitive or allergic to mold.
How Air Duct Cleaning Can Help Allergies
The team at First Coast Home Pros uses powerful brushes and a vigorous professional-strength vacuum system to clean all supply ducts, return ducts, and the main trunk. Additionally, we wash all air vent covers, topically clean the air handler, and seal any minor leaks we find during our inspection.
Many homeowners battling asthma and allergies choose to have their air ducts cleaned more often than the typical five to 10 years generally recommended. Some breathe more comfortably in their home when the ducts are cleaned every three to five years, others see a difference when ducts are cleaned every year.
Common allergens and allergy triggers found in ductwork include:
- Pet dander and pet hair
- Rodent droppings and dander
- Insect droppings
- Dust mites
- Mold and mildew
Even family members not fighting allergies or other breathing issues can feel the effects of regularly breathing in particulates and irritants.
Other Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
In addition to breathing cleaner indoor air, there are other advantages to having your ductwork cleaned.
Eliminating Household Odors
Some homes have a lingering chemical smell, others have a musty smell that just will not seem to go away. Having the air ducts cleaned can take care of the problem, particularly if it’s never been done or if you’re still living with dirty ducts from a previous owner.
A More Efficient HVAC System
The more dust, dirt, and debris that is built up in your HVAC system and ductwork, the harder the system has to work to pump heated and cooled air throughout your home. The harder the system works, the higher your energy bills. And the more quickly your system wears out (or burns out completely). A cleaner system cools and heats more efficiently.
Schedule Air Duct Cleaning for Your Fruit Cove Home Today
Text (904) 712-2674 or call (904) 383-7721 and the team at First Coast Home Pros can provide you with a free estimate and get your air duct cleaning services scheduled. We are a locally-owned business, not a fly-by-night franchise.
And we 100% guarantee our air duct cleaning services to be sure you’re fully satisfied with the work we’ve done. Contact us today to start breathing easier in your home.