Have you ever turned on your furnace and smelled a funky odor that seemed to last for the several days? You may have had a passing thought about what might be inside your furnace or ducts and whether it was okay for you to be breathing in whatever was causing the odor. Unpleasant odors coming through your ducts could be a sign that there’s more hiding in your ductwork, which might make duct cleaning a worthwhile service for your home.
The reality is that everything inside your ducts and HVAC system before you turn on your system will end up being inside the air that you breath. The best way to prevent the inhalation of dust, germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, pathogens and dangerous forms of dust is by removing the accumulation each season by duct cleaning before you turn on your equipment.
All kinds of items find their way through the openings in the registers and can collect inside a home’s ductwork. Occasionally people spill drinks or have a water leak inside their home, adding moisture to the mix and suddenly the inside of your ducts have areas that are moldy or rotting.
Other less obvious items also get into the ducts. A small renovation with drywall installation often allows drywall dust to fall inside a duct. This can be particularly bad if the dust becomes airborne throughout your duct system when the HVAC system turns on. Inhaling this type of dust can cause coughing, congestion and other medical problems.
A good way to keep your family safe and comfortable is by having preventive maintenance scheduled throughout the year for your HVAC system. Not only will the system be cleaned, the filters changed and ductwork checked, the service will make sure that all of the maintenance on the system is kept up to date and in good shape.
Want to know if your home could benefit from duct cleaning? Contact the professionals at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal for an evaluation. We’ve been serving Northwest Arkansas for over 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about duct cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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