Unclean Air Ducts Can Affect Your Health
It comes as no surprise that air ducts get dirty. Pulling air throughout the house several times every day, dirt, dust, and grime gets left behind, accumulating on the walls of the ducts. More surprising are the impacts that this accumulation can have on your health. Keeping your ducts clean is important to maintaining your health as well as the health of everyone else living in your home.
Health Symptoms of Dirty Air Ducts
1. Worsen Pre-Existing Conditions, Such As Asthma, Allergies, and Pulmonary Conditions
In fact, family members with asthma or allergies can suffer from dirty air vents as the allergens circulating throughout the indoor air trigger increased and longer attacks, making them sick. In addition, studies have shown that patients suffering from pulmonary health conditions saw their condition improve when their primary living space received regular duct cleaning, revealing that dirty ducts can worsen the condition of family members struggling with pulmonary health.
2. Develop Respiratory Infections, Disease
If your family is getting sick more than normal, experiencing coughing, sneezing, sore throats, runny noses, nasal congestion, headaches, and low-grade fevers, they may have upper respiratory infections as a result of dirty ducts. If your air ducts remain uncleaned, these issues could develop into something worse–a lower respiratory infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
3. Cause a Sinus Infection
As bacteria and viruses circulate throughout your indoor air, they could be working their way into your family’s sinuses, which can lead to infection.
4. Catch the Common Cold
This same bacteria can affect more than just the sinuses. But the whole body and cause the common cold along with all of its symptoms.
5. Cause Dry or Itchy Skin
The mold and mildew circulated throughout the air by dirty ducts can worsen or lead to skin issues. Such as eczema, rashes, and hives.
6. Make You Tired, Feel Unwell
As your family’s bodies fight off the bacteria in the air caused by dirty ducts, kicking-on their immune systems, they may begin to feel tired, run-down. And generally unwell when they are at home.
7. Create Stress
Because dirty ducts no longer filter indoor air like they are supposed to, the dust in your home is no longer removed, but simply circulated. Dirty ducts can create stress from endless cleaning!