Cleaning Your Home’s Air Ducts

OK, this is one area where we have to admit we’ve fallen down on the job: we haven’t had our home’s central air system’s ducts cleaned in a long time. And that’s bad for allergy sufferers because not only can those ducts house mold and dust mites but they can also contain pet and other allergens.

“Studies show that our air duct cleaning inhibits unpleasant odors and can remove 32 percent of contaminants, such as mold and mildew, from a home’s central air conditioning and heating system.” said Mike Ben Namer from Florida’s USAC-Air. “This air system provides the ideal environment for mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria growth, and the spread of dust mite waste through the air. One out of every six people who suffer from allergies is allergic to the fungi and bacteria in air duct systems,” Namer said.

Namer suggests homeowners should ask air duct cleaning services the following questions:

  • Can you reduce the dust in the air?
  • Will I be allergic to the chemicals you use?
  • Will air duct cleaning improve the stale, musty odor in my home?
  • How is this service performed, and how often do I need it done?