What Can Happen to Your Home if You Neglect Air Duct Cleaning?

December 16, 2021

Air duct maintenance is an important part of homeownership—yet it is an easy task to overlook in the midst of general upkeep. It’s an “out of sight, out of mind” situation.

But if you neglect air duct cleaning, you can experience anything from slight inconvenience to serious health concerns in the home. Here’s what can happen.

Mold takes over

Over time, water or condensation can work its way into your vents. When this happens, if the air ducts are not properly cleaned, mold and mildew start to grow. Once they do, the HVAC system will disperse the contaminated air throughout your home. That means mold will be blown throughout the property.

As the mold spreads through the home, it can cause two serious concerns. First, it can negatively affect the health of everyone who lives there. Mold can cause wheezing; a stuffy nose; red, itchy eyes; and itchy skin. For those with breathing problems, mold can cause more serious reactions. Second, mold can spread an unpleasant odor throughout the home. The surroundings will smell musty and mildewed. No one wants that.

Ducts become clogged

Your HVAC system relies on the air ducts to spread cool and warm air through the home. If you neglect air duct cleaning, dust and debris can build up in the ducts and block the flow of air. As a result of this poor air duct maintenance, your system will have to work harder. This causes greater wear and tear on the system and can shorten its lifespan. It also makes your surroundings less comfortable because the HVAC system is not as effective. To keep your system running smoothly, always keep your air ducts clean and clear.

You invite pests

Imagine the dark, damp, dusty surroundings of a dirty air duct. This is a prime environment for pests. It invites rats, mice and insects to create a home in your air ducts. This leads to a host of other problems. To avoid inviting the creepy-crawly pests into your home, be sure to perform air duct cleaning regularly.

You spend more money

While air duct maintenance requires some investment, it will probably cost you more to neglect air duct cleaning. Because your HVAC system will be less effective, you will probably spend more on utility bills. As the system works harder, you may also have to spend more on repairs or eventually replace the entire system. You may also have exterminator expenses to remove pests. In the end, it will be cheaper and easier to simply perform air duct cleaning and avoid all of these issues.

Schedule your air duct cleaning today

Don’t let the dust build up. To avoid the issues that dirty ductwork can cause, schedule your air duct cleaning today. Contact the team at Kenny’s Air Conditioning & Heating Services, Inc. for professional air duct maintenance. We are committed to keeping your system in top shape for optimal performance and savings. Reach our experts at 813-875-3669 to schedule your next air duct maintenance.

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