Your home is your sanctuary, but if you have poor indoor air quality exacerbated by dirty air ducts, your safe haven may be harmful to your health.
If you’re concerned about what is hiding in your ductwork, call (904) 383-7721 or text (904) 712-2674 and the skilled technicians at First Coast Home Pros can answer all your questions, provide a free estimate, and get you scheduled for duct cleaning service.
What You Don’t See Can Hurt You
Most homeowners don’t think about their ductwork unless something is wrong with it. But air duct cleaning is your first line of defense to provide a thorough check-up of your air ducts as well as get out the nasty stuff inside you can’t see.
If you could see inside your ducts right now, you might find:
- Dust and dirt
- Pollutants and chemical residue
- Dust mites
- Insect and rodent droppings
- Tobacco and cooking smoke
- Mildew and mold
- Fungal spores
The Palm Valley area is often humid, which can create an ideal breeding ground for spores, mold, and mildew to grow and stick to the inside of ductwork.
Potential Health Effects of Dirty Air Ducts
Experts recommend having your air ducts cleaned every five to 10 years. If you’ve never had yours cleaned, or if it’s been longer than 10 years, your health could be affected by breathing in what is circulating out of your ductwork and HVAC system.
Allergies, Asthma, and Lung Issues Can Become Worse
Breathing in pollutants and irritants can inflame airways. When those pollutants are moving throughout your home each time the HVAC system turns on, allergies and asthma can be triggered and lung issues like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can get worse. The less dirt, smoke, dust, and particulate matter blowing out of your ductwork, the easier it is to breathe them deeply into your lungs.
Sinus and Respiratory Infections
Repeated exposure to dust, mites, allergens, and other pollutants can inflame the tissues in your nose and lungs. This can potentially lead to sinus infections and upper respiratory infections.
If you have a mildew or mold issue, and if either or both substances have made their way into your ductwork, it could make skin conditions such as eczema worse, and cause rashes or itchy, dry skin.
When ductwork is very dirty, homeowners and their family members may notice asthma, allergy, breathing, or skin issues becoming worse when the HVAC system is on. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having ducts cleaned when your ductwork has mold, vermin, or excessive debris and dust.
For people living with cardiopulmonary conditions, allergies, or asthma, it’s always best to err on the side of safety and caution and keep your air ducts clean.
How First Coast Home Pros Cleans Your Air Ducts
Because the majority of homes in the Palm Valley area primarily use flexible, soft ducting, we utilize a rotary brush and vacuum approach to maximize cleaning and help prevent damage to the lining of your ductwork.
In addition to a professional rotary brush and powerful vacuum system, we also use a camera system so homeowners can see exactly what is inside their ducts, the cleaning process, and what ducts look like when we’re finished.
We insert a rotating brush into the duct and, whirling at a powerful 450 rpm, the brush loosens any dirt or debris stuck inside. While the brush is scouring the duct walls, the vacuum is forcefully sucking everything up, leaving your air ducts completely clean.
We also wash all vent covers and, upon request, sanitize the system with an antimicrobial mist to help eliminate mold and mildew. Our goal is to leave your home as clean as we found it, so we never leave a mess behind.
Additional Issues Caused by Dirty Air Ducts
In addition to the potential health problems caused or made worse by soiled air ducts, other problems can arise.
Less Efficient HVAC System
You know you need to change your HVAC filter or risk overtaxing or burning out your system. But that dust and debris also begins to coat the interior of ductwork, and can continue to build up for many years. Those substances can narrow ducts, and make it more difficult for your HVAC system to push air properly throughout your house. An HVAC system that has to work harder costs you more to operate.
Smoke, chemical smells, and even stale, musty odors accumulate over time, possibly even from previous residents of your home. You clean dust and dirt out of other areas of your home to prevent it from becoming smelly, having your ductwork cleaned can have the same effect.
Schedule Your Free Estimate or Air Duct Cleaning Service Today
For more than 13 years, we have served residents of Palm Valley and we have countless satisfied air duct cleaning customers. All of our experienced technicians are fully insured, licensed, and bonded.
We offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee to ensure your experience is as top-notch as we set out to make it.