You probably change your air filters every once in a while. Maybe you have a reminder on your phone to do it every three months; maybe you only do it when your HVAC system fails. Regardless, if you’re like most Americans, HVAC duct cleaning doesn’t even cross your mind. However, you should have your HVAC ducts cleaned regularly for the health of your HVAC system and family. But, what happens If HVAC duct cleaning doesn’t occur? Keep reading to learn more.
What Happens If HVAC Duct Cleaning Doesn’t Occur?
Your Home May Smell Musty
If you don’t have your HVAC ducts cleaned regularly, your home may start to smell musty. A musty smell isn’t a problem that you can ignore or “solve” by spraying air fresheners regularly. A musty smell is a sign that you have mold or mildew growing in your home. If you haven’t developed any respiratory symptoms yet, you will.
Note, if you start to develop respiratory systems but your home doesn’t smell funny, there is a chance your bathroom vent fans need to be cleaned professionally with a hospital-grade, plant-based disinfectant. Viruses, like those that cause the common cold or flu, can linger and infect people.
Your Skin May Start to Itch
There are many reasons your skin may itch, especially during the winter when you dry out your skin with hot showers and the humidity drops significantly. However, if you have itchy skin and your home smells funny, you could have mold growth due to unclean HVAC ducts. Besides sudden, unexplained itchiness, signs that your skin is reacting to mold include outbreaks of hives and rashes.
Your Air System Can Fail Faster
If your HVAC ducts are dirty, your HVAC system has to work overtime to circulate air through the clogged ducts. This creates undue wear and tear on the system and means you will have to spend more money repairing or replacing parts (or the whole system) in the relatively near future. With affordable routine maintenance, like having a professional clean your ducts, your HVAC system should last for 15 to 25 years.
Your Allergies May Be Worse
If you don’t have your air ducts cleaned professionally, there is also a chance that your allergies will be worse. For instance, you may notice that your nose runs more than it used to. Alternatively, you may notice that you cough and sneeze far more regularly.
An increase in the frequency and severity of allergy symptoms may be a sign of mold or mildew growth due to dirty ducts. However, it also may be a sign that something else, like pet dander, pollen, or dust, is in your air ducts and being forced out through your house despite air filters.
If your HVAC ducts are not cleaned regularly, your loved ones and your HVAC system will suffer. Mold can start growing in your home, causing unpleasant odors and serious breathing problems. Your HVAC system can start to fail prematurely. To avoid all of the problems of neglecting proper HVAC maintenance, contact us today at Dryer Ducks to schedule an appointment.