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3 Things That Could Be Hiding in Your Ducts

Posted on Air Quality, Blog, Dirty Ducts July 18, 2017

When you turn on your heating or cooling system, the air moves through ducts and vents to come into the rooms of your home. Without regular cleaning, the ducts often become clogged with unpleasant items, forcing the system to work harder to produce cool or warm air.

Rodents

If you can hear squeaking or scratching sounds when the house is quiet, you may have a mouse in your house. One place that mice tend to hide out is within the air ducts. The ducts are dark and rarely accessed, allowing rodents to move freely without being bothered. Don’t use poison to try to kill the rodents since this can be dangerous. Call an experienced HVAC technician to take care of the problem.

Bugs

Insects and spiders often live in the dark HVAC ducts as well. Exterior air vents give these pests direct access to the ducts, which are especially appealing during the times of year with more extreme temperatures. Regular air duct cleaning will keep these pesky critters at bay.

Mold

The humidity levels here in South Florida are high throughout the year, particularly during the summer months. The excess moisture in the air can cause mold to grow within the ducts. When you run your air conditioner, you may breathe mold spores that can cause allergic reactions and symptoms like headaches, congestion, and sore throats. Mold can also exacerbate existing breathing conditions, such as COPD and asthma. During a vent cleaning service, a technician can use a sanitizing spray to kill mold and reduce the chances of it growing back right away.

Protect your family by keeping the ducts as clean as possible. Call us at All Year Cooling to schedule a duct cleaning service, so you can continue to breathe easy. This is a service that many homeowners skip, but it’s crucial to avoid problems within the HVAC ducts.

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