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Common Air Duct Contaminants : Dust, Mold Spores, Pollen

*DuAll Heating & Cooling no longer offers duct cleaning services. Take a look at our other indoor air quality services to find the best solution for your needs.

Keeping the components of your heating and cooling systems clean is imperative to their effective and efficient operation. While many of our clients are rigorous when it comes to changing their air filters and sweeping debris away from the outdoor compressor, many forget about the impact that dirty air ducts can have on their home comfort. It’s not only an air quality issue, but also a matter of heating and cooling performance. Even small amounts of resistance in your ductwork can contribute to inadequate airflow and cause damage in other parts of the system. In this post, we’d like to review some common duct contaminants that you may have in your home.

  • Dust. While the EPA maintains that dust poses no serious health hazard, it can be a serious respiratory irritant to homeowners suffering from allergies or respiratory problems, such as asthma. When dust accumulates in your ductwork, it becomes airborne when cooled and heated air moves through your system. It’s not only an irritant, but it also leads to more cleanup throughout the home. We know you have enough of that already, so duct cleaning allows you to tackle the dust problem at its source.
  • Mold spores. Mold is another contaminant that can accumulate inside your ductwork. Indeed, during the heating and cooling seasons, our homes are so tightly enclosed and insulated that moisture and ventilation problems can lead to ideal conditions for mold spores to thrive. While it’s easy to notice when mold is growing in the bathroom shower, it’s less easy to spot mold when it’s hidden within the ductwork.
  • Pollen. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you need your home to be a haven from outdoor allergens like pollen. Unfortunately, pollen can enter into your ductworks and become airborne when you turn on your heating and cooling systems. Duct cleaning ensures that your home receives clean and filtered air.

For more information about how your air ducts affect indoor air quality and energy efficiency, make sure you call the Naperville, IL indoor air quality experts at DuAll Heating & Cooling today!

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