What’s the Big Deal with a Little Dust in the Ducts?

Posted by Lisa Pixley

As an experienced team of duct cleaning specialists in the Minneapolis area, we know that most people don’t think about the state of their ductwork the way that we do. We only have health and safety in mind when we encourage homeowners to hire professionals to clean their ducts, but many people don’t really see the big deal. If you keep a clean home, there shouldn’t be too much dust in your ducts, right? We’re here to clear the air a little bit so that you can seek the proper indoor air quality services in your area.

It’s Not Just a Little Dust

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), 40 pounds of dust can build up in your home in a day, and the average central AC and heating system completes a cycle 5 – 7 times per day. The air conditioner sucks up air from around your home so that it can be conditioned and returned to the living space. And while the air passes by a filter before it reaches your air handler, it cannot catch all of the small particles in your air.

Some amount of dust is bound to get through the filter or through the supply grills, including some of the smallest (and often the most harmful) particles and microorganisms found in the air. This may include common allergens such as pollen, pet dander and mold spores, as well as bacteria and viruses. And over the years, these can really build up and lead to allergic reactions, asthma attacks and other illnesses. You may have layers of dust in your ductwork, mold growth (this can develop easily on heating and air conditioning equipment as moisture builds up in these areas), or larger debris, including dead bugs or even animals.

Schedule Professional Duct Cleaning

If the ducts in your home (or business) develop odors, you should call a duct cleaning specialist to check it out. However, even if you don’t notice anything, ductwork that hasn’t been touched in years is bound to have some amount of dust inside. Think about it this way: if there’s dust on the bookshelves and coffee tables, there’s probably dust in your ducts. Call a duct cleaning expert today.

Call the air duct cleaning specialists on the Alpha Air Corporation team, and notice the difference a set of clean ducts can make in your home.

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