Dust and debris are one thing when it comes to asthma attacks, but mold is a whole other ball game. Not only can mold spores cause sneezing, watery eyes and exhausting asthma symptoms, but they can also be extremely detrimental to your overall health if allowed to grow and circulate through your home’s heating and air conditioning system.
What exactly is mold anyway?
Specifically speaking, mold is a living organism that works to break down dead materials and return nutrients to the environment. While this may seem beneficial, believe us, when it comes to your lungs it’s not. Mold spores have been known to cause severe allergic reactions, increased risk of asthma attacks, and serious respiratory complications when allowed to run rampant indoors.
What makes my air ducts susceptible to mold?
In short — they provide the perfect mix of “cool, damp and dark” that mold growth thrives in. Plus, being that they’re sealed off and typically tucked away within ceilings and crawl spaces, cleaning duties for air ducts are often out of sight out of mind.
How often should I clean my air ducts?
It truly depends on a number of factors, the most notable being the climate of your region. Areas where humidity and temperatures are typically higher have more of a tendency to foster mold growth more often. As a general rule, homes in humid clients should have their air ducts inspected annually for mold growth, scheduling cleanings as needed.
When was the last time you had your indoor air quality assessed and your air ducts cleaned and resealed? If it’s been some time, we suggest adding some much-needed air duct maintenance to your annual AC tune-up this year!