What’s in Your Air Ducts?

Posted by Lisa Pixley

If you took a flashlight and shined it through a vent in your home, you would still only be seeing a very small percentage of the total length of the ductwork in your home. You may not be able to see them, but over the years a number of contaminants are bound to build up in the home. If you own a commercial or industrial space, this buildup can be significant, and even in a smaller home, it can amount to a lot of trouble for people with allergies and asthma. Professional duct cleaning targets contaminants, big or small, throughout the ducts. Take a look at what experts remove during a typical service.

Typical Contaminants Found in the Ducts

  • Dust: But not just dust; dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other common allergens stow away in the inside of your ducts and can potentially recirculate through your home if the dust becomes agitated.
  • Bacteria and Viruses: These contaminants can cause health issues even if you don’t have any pre-existing conditions like asthma.
  • Mold: Unfortunately, mold develops in ductwork all too frequently, due in part to moist conditions created by condensation from the AC or heater.
  • Large Debris: Sometimes, our experts find larger debris, including the occasional dead animal. This usually happens when we are called to determine the source of an odor from the vents.

Finding Out What’s in Your Air Ducts

It’s difficult to say what may be in your ductwork because accessing the ducts often requires special tools. Besides, if you agitate the dust inside of the ducts without taking the proper precautions, you may just end up sending contaminants out into your home. Professionals have special detection tools, and they often have to install additional access panels in order to get to certain portions of the ductwork. Call your local air duct cleaning and HVAC system inspection specialist to determine the condition of your air ducts.

For quality air duct cleaning services in the St. Paul area, contact the specialists at Alpha Air Corporation today!

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