Problems that can create poor indoor air quality in your ductwork
Improperly wrapped ductwork – When air that has any amount of moisture in it, coming most often through cracks or mis wrapped ducts, will allow the growth of mold, algae and possibly bacteria. Once the ducts are cleaned out, there’s no growing medium left within the ventilation system to harbor the growth of the toxins produced by growing mold spores. Smokers in the household – The air inside can become sooty with smoke from cigarettes or cigar smoke. This buildup will coat everything in the house, turning many items a yellowish color, but will also get worked into your ducts and build up there. Pets in the home – Pet dander and hair float around in your indoor air at all times unless you do something to remove these pollutants. Cleaning your ductwork is a great start, but isn’t the only thing you need to do to get cleaner indoor air. Home renovations or remodeling – Any time you remodel or renovate, you’re tearing into building materials that will put tiny particles in your air that can cause you physical harm if breathed or ingested. These materials coat your ducts and build up there until removed. Newly constructed homes – Prior to moving into a new home, you should have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned by professionals. You will have particles within the ducts that need to be removed before you start using your heating and air conditioning system. These building materials can and do often release toxic levels of contaminants that are harmful.