No matter the season, the air ducts in your home provide a very important function. They circulate the air from your heating and cooling units into and out of each room, creating a comfortable temperature all year long. But it’s not just the temperature of the air that is at stake here, it’s also the air that you breathe all day long. Therefore, you want it to be as clean as possible! Most people know that having your air ducts professionally cleaned will get rid of common allergens and dust, but do you know what other harmful things could be lurking in your air ducts? Our team at Allied Services, Inc. is here to tell you!

Harmful Things Found in Air Ducts

1. Mold or Fungi

Moisture in your air ducts can lead to the growth of mold or fungi, thereby contaminating the air that you breathe. Moisture may be caused by water damage in your air ducts or you may have a humidity problem. If the water damage doesn’t come from an identifiable source, consider getting a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of humidity in your ductwork. It’s also a good idea to insulate the ducts that go through your crawlspace or attic to regulate the temperature inside and help control the humidity.

2. Pests

Holes or gaps in your air ducts could be allowing entry to pests such as mice or insects. These pests can live in the ductwork and bring insulation, food, and droppings with them. Pests can cause damage, leave unwanted debris, or even die inside your ductwork because they can’t find their way back out.

3. Offensive Odors

Pets, household cleaning agents, paint fumes, mold, tobacco use, and even food preparation, all contribute to stale smells in the air ducts and in your home. Every time the furnace or air conditioner runs, these odors circulate throughout the house. Even an accumulation of dust and dirt over the years can lead to a musty scent coming from the ductwork. A detailed cleaning of the air ducts removes all odor-trapping particles, resulting in a fresher smelling home.

For more information on air duct cleaning and HVAC maintenance, contact Allied Services at (937) 269-5059 today. We have been proudly serving Dayton, OH, and the surrounding areas, including OakwoodSpringboro, and Beavercreek, for over 60 years, making us one of the oldest and most experienced HVAC companies in the region.