Winter is here, and you’re probably already relying on your heating system to keep you warm on a daily basis. If you use a forced air heating system, there’s more to consider than simply keeping the heater in good condition this winter. You also need to make sure that your ducts are well-maintained this winter, especially if you want to stay as healthy as possible. Read on to find out how your ducts and your health are connected.
The average home is absolutely infested with millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. Some of these contaminants include dust, pollen, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and dander. Prolonged or concentrated exposure to these contaminants can have a substantial negative impact on your health. You may find yourself getting sick more often, having allergy attacks, or even developing more serious chronic conditions like asthma.
These contaminants don’t normally cause problems, primarily because they’re in low enough concentrations that your body can easily defend against them. That’s where your air ducts come in. Airborne contaminants concentrate in the ducts of your home, since it isn’t cleaned out on a regular basis. The contaminants build up in the ducts over time. Then, when you turn on a forced air system like your heater, they are all circulated around the house at once. Since most people tend to keep their windows closed to keep the heat in, these contaminants just keep circulating around the house all winter. Breathing in these concentrated doses makes it much more likely for you to develop symptoms.
By cleaning out your air ducts at least once a year, you dramatically lessen the risk of developing health issues due to airborne contaminants.
If you haven’t had your air ducts cleaned out yet this winter, call SPS Mechanical Inc. We offer full air duct cleaning services throughout West Deptford, NJ.