Are you sneezing? Do you have a runny nose and/or watery eyes? You’re probably suffering from allergies. You could stay inside your home all day to reduce your exposure to pollens, but who wants to do that all summer? And, if you’re allergic to dust, molds or pet dander, staying inside won’t limit your exposure to these allergens. In fact, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, more than half of all homes contain at least six detectable allergens. So what can you do? Many people assume their home’s air conditioning (AC) system will filter the air, removing any possible allergens. However, that’s not always the case (especially depending on the type of air filter your system uses). Once the contaminants are inside your home, your AC system can continually recirculate them. Plus, your AC system can actually encourage the development of mold. When cool air flows through the air ducts in warmer areas of your home, like the attic, condensation can form. This moisture creates an ideal environment in which molds grow. One way you can reduce the amount of allergens in your home is to have your air ducts cleaned. Air duct cleaning removes dust, dirt, pet hair and dander found inside your home’s duct system, so less of these allergy-aggravating particles will circulate through the air. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says there’s not enough evidence to determine whether air duct cleaning can actually prevent allergies, it does suggest you should have your air ducts cleaned if:
- The surfaces of your ducts or other AC components have substantial, visible mold on them.
- Rodents, insects or other vermin are living in your ducts.
- The ducts are clogged with dust and debris that’s being released into your home through the air supply registers.
How can you tell if you need to have your ducts cleaned?
- Your home has a musty or moldy smell.
- You see dust or dirt on the air vents or on the ceiling or wall above the vents.
- Dust accumulates on surfaces quickly after removing it.
- You start sneezing when you’re near an air vent.
If you’re tired of suffering from allergies, schedule a duct cleaning appointment with T.J.’s Chimney Service in Greenfield, IN. We’ll clean all the registers, vents and cold air returns in your home – sanitizing and deodorizing each vent, too. An average home with 20 or less vents takes between two and three hours to clean. Get rid of the allergens in your home and breathe easier – contact T.J.’s Chimney Service today.