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3 Dangers of Dirty Ducts

Posted on Blog, Dirty Ducts August 15, 2017

We don’t think much about the ducts in our homes, but these important components of the heating and cooling system can cause plenty of issues if they get dirty. Discover the dangers of dirty ducts and what you can do to protect your family and home.

Low Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality, or IAQ, refers to the quality of the air we breathe inside our homes. Dust and dirt naturally settle inside the ducts in our homes. When air from the HVAC system passes through these ducts, it picks up this dust and spreads it throughout the house. This means it can also spread any allergens and spores stuck to the dust, which can lead to low indoor air quality and sinus problems, allergy symptoms, and asthma attacks.

Strain on the HVAC System

Picture how hard you have to work to drink through a straw that’s clogged from a thick milkshake. This is exactly how hard your HVAC system has to work to push air through dirty ducts filled with dust. This causes extra wear and tear on your equipment, which can make parts break down a lot faster and shorten the lifespan of your system.

Higher Electric Bills

Dirty ducts not only strain your HVAC system but they also hurt your wallet. Because your HVAC system has to work harder to heat and cool your house, you’ll have to deal with higher electric bills. Heating and cooling costs already account for around 48 percent of the energy use in an average U.S. home, so you don’t want to spend any more on these utilities than you already do.

When you contact All Year Cooling for regular duct cleanings, you don’t have to worry about these risks. Instead, you can breathe easy and enjoy a home that feels comfortable throughout the year.

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