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What Happens if You Don’t Clean Air Ducts?

What Happens if You Don’t Clean Air Ducts?

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably already know that mold infestations and dust buildup can have a negative impact on the health of household residents. Indoor air is typically far more polluted than its outdoor counterpart, especially now that many homes are equipped with energy-saving door and window options that create a tight seal.

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Even if no one in your home is particularly allergic to mold, dust, or pet dander, these particulates nonetheless have the potential to create unpleasant conditions in your indoor living spaces. Having your ductwork cleaned on a regular basis and installing a high-efficiency air filtration system are essential components in keeping indoor air as clean and healthy as possible. Here’s what can happen if you don’t clean your air ducts:

Mold, Dust, and Pet Dander May Circulate Throughout Your Home

mold growing on bathroom tiles and grout

Mold can quickly cause ugly stains and produce an unpleasant odor, and when left untreated, mold infestations can eat away at carpeting, wallpaper, drywall, furniture upholstery, floorboards, and other household materials. Buildup of dust and dander is unsightly and can damage household finishes. Your home may also take on an unpleasant odor throughout due to particulates in your duct system being distributed via your HVAC system.

Rodents and Insect Pests May Set Up Shop in Your Ductwork

Rodent and insect pests love ductwork because it’s out of sight and out of reach of household residents, providing them with a safe haven in which to breed and raise their young. The longer you go without having your air ducts thoroughly and properly cleaned, the more attractive they become for a variety of pests, including rats, mice, and cockroaches.

Ductwork May Become Clogged

clogged duct

Long-term neglect is likely to result in ductwork eventually becoming clogged. This can cause your system to work harder than it normally should to provide your home interior with a comfortable temperature, which may result in spikes in utility costs. In worst-case scenarios, it can cause your HVAC system to completely malfunction, making it likely that you’ll be dealing with potentially costly repair bills.Please feel free to contact us at your convenience for more information about air duct cleaning services in and around Bucks County. We’ll be happy to schedule a customized consultation designed to keep your home temperatures comfortable, your system running smoothly, and your air free of pollutants!