How Dirty Air Ducts Affect Your Health in Chicago
The EPA, a federal agency dedicated to studying and fixing pollution in America, says that the air inside your home can be up to 70% more polluted than outside air. Part of the reason for that is that we seal up our homes so tightly, especially in cities like Chicago. When that polluted air circulates again and again through our heating and air conditioning ductwork, it carries that pollution with it. You can’t rid of the dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mite debris, and bacteria that accumulates in your air ducts by cleaning other parts of your home.
Only professional duct cleaning, done with top-of-the line equipment operated by highly-trained and experienced technicians can remove the contaminants that build up and re-circulate in your ductwork.
Why Cleaning Air Ducts Is Important to Your Health
Up to 40 pounds of debris can accumulate in your air ducts every year. As air circulates through the ducts, some of that debris is always being picked back up and returned to the living areas in your home. The result is often an increase in allergies and even asthma symptoms in residents of the home. Your furnace filter can only trap a part of this debris. The rest ends up causing misery for you and your family.
You’ve probably noticed that sniffling, sneezing, coughing and other respiratory symptoms seem to increase during the seasons when your furnace and air conditioning are running a lot. These symptoms affect susceptible persons more at those times because the air flowing through your ductwork is picking up allergens and irritants from the debris in your air ducts and blowing them throughout your home.
Even bacteria and viruses can lurk in the debris in your ducts. Molds and fungi are a special problem in high-humidity areas like Chicago. Worse, according to some estimates, there can be more bacteria in a damp air duct than in a chicken coop. Rodents, too, can enter your ducts, and that poses even higher risks to your family’s health and comfort.
Is The Health of Your Family at Risk in the Chicago Area?
Do you know when your air ducts were last cleaned? If you’re like many Chicago homeowners, you may own an older home where the ducts have not been cleaned for many years. You may not have known that duct cleaning was necessary and allowed your air ducts to accumulate debris that could be a health risk. If you’ve recently purchased an existing home, you probably don’t know the condition of its ductwork.
Since Chicago residents run their heating and air conditioning more frequently than residents in more moderate climates, the problem can be even worse. Since contaminants accumulate faster in systems that operate longer, regular duct cleaning is more important in Chicago than in many other places.
Chicago Area Duct, Furnace, and AC System Cleaning Experts
When it’s time to clean your air ducts, don’t rely on fly-by-night duct cleaning companies or companies that treat duct cleaning as a sideline. Choose a professional, dedicated company like Chicago Duct Cleaners, where our experience, expertise, and specially designed equipment are all dedicated to just one job: cleaning air ducts and associated systems.
Chicago Duct Cleaners is a certified member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), and we follow all of their strict standards for training and cleaning methods. Our long experience in the Chicago area assures you that we know Chicago’s specific needs. We offer a variety of cleaning methods to suit your needs and budget perfectly, and there are never any hidden costs when you hire us. Call Chicago Duct Cleaners today at (312) 559-6700.