How dirty air ducts could be affecting your health

Posted on Sep 4, 2018

It may start with the sniffles, or maybe waking up in the morning with itchy eyes. Maybe you notice yourself sneezing more, or maybe breathing has become more difficult. While all of these may be caused by allergens such as pollen, there’s another possible culprit — dirty duct work.

Air ducts need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning your ducts can help increase energy efficiency as well as increase the lifespan of your machinery.

However, air ducts can also affect your health. There are many health hazards associated with not cleaning out your home’s air ducts. Some of these include:

  • Sinus problems
    Feeling stuffed up constantly? Or maybe you’re blowing your nose over and over? Sinus problems can be caused by dust and debris in the air ducts are blown into your home. Every time you breathe, these particles are entering your nasal passages, which can eventually cause inflammation and infection.
  • Respiratory infections
    Another common side effect of dirty ducts is respiratory problems. These might include red, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, sinus problems or other throat and lung issues.
  • Allergies
    If mold spores begin to grow in your ducts, you may experience allergies. This could set off or lengthen allergy attacks. If you notice your allergies are worse at home, it’s time to clean those ducks.
  • Asthma
    For those who already have asthma, mold in duct work can increase or worsen asthma attacks.

Air ducts should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent a temporary or permanent health problem. If you don’t remember the last time your ducts were cleaned, it’s probably time to schedule your annual maintenance. Contact AIRPRO Hawaii today to schedule your appointment.