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It is estimated that the average American spends close to ninety percent of their time indoors. This means that the amount of air someone is breathing in is mostly going through filters, ducts, and fans. The air quality indoors can be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors according to The Environmental Protection Agency. Bad air can have a really bad effect on a person’s health causing all kinds of problems for the body and the wallet. A lot of this is traced back to clogged ducts and can be easily fixed.

How to Clean the Air

Having the air cleaned in your home is easy. Having someone come out and clean your ducts is a lot more than just wiping down vent covers. It includes cleaning all of the heating and cooling system components of your forced air system. This includes the return and supply air ducts, heat exchangers and coils, grilles/diffusers, cooling coils, drip pans or condensate drain pans, as well as the fan motors and air handling unit housing.

What is Being Cleaned

Over time, there are contaminates that build up such as dust, pollen, dust mites, and all kinds of debris. If there is any kind of moisture present in these components as well, you could potentially have mold or increase your risk of getting it shortly. If there is mold present, health issues really start to mount so this is one of the most significant problems that can happen.

Increasing Efficiency

When there are clogged ducts, the systems have to work harder to push the air through. This means that your system is working overtime and costing you a lot more money to run it. When the clogs are cleaned out, the air is cleaner and reaches you more efficiently, wearing out parts and costing more money to replace them when they break.  It also leads to less humidity being in the air which can make a system more prone to bigger clogs. Humidity in the air also absorbs heat during cold weather making the overall environment less comfortable.

The Negative Risks

Most have heard about the risks of lint in the dryer, but the same concept will apply to all ducts in your home. Any debris in these systems can easily ignite without being obvious until it is too late. Another risk you are taking is that vent outlets can be inhabited or even capture birds, rodents, and insects. If they become stuck in the debris, they can die there and just add to the congestion that is already a problem.

EPA Recommendations

Spring cleaning is a great time to remember to have your ducts cleaned out. It is important to have them cleaned once a year and more often if you suspect a clog. The availability of technicians from the plumbing Lakeland offers will easily give you someone that can come quickly.  The EPA recommends a professional cleaning if there is mold growth on a hard surface, such as your ducts, or if you have excessive amounts of debris and dust that has accumulated. Another factor would also be if you notice that your ducts are infested with rodents, insects, or other vermin.


Amanda Peters writes for Ben Franklin Plumbing on topics ranging from home improvement to plumbing to energy saving tips. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her in her workshop, sawing, gluing or hammering something.

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