Of the many items that tend to go unnoticed air ducts definitely make the list. While you do your regular spring cleaning of the garage, basement and yard, your air ducts are generally not thought of. Other than the occasional vacuuming of the vents most people do not realize that the air systems and vents play a large role in the air quality within their home.
When an air duct gets clogged it can place a strain on your heating and cooling system. This not only reduces the performance of the system but also its filtration. Heating and cooling can end up costing you far more than necessary. It also can wear out a good system before its time.
If your venting system is not cleaned periodically, the ducts can become obstructed with deposits of debris. This build up may contain mold or mildew. Having these things develop within the air ducts can create a hazardous situation for you and your family. Since the air ducts are meant to provide the circulation throughout the home having a buildup of mold or mildew can cause your family to have serious health consequences if not addressed. Your family could actually be breathing in these harmful spores causing breathing problems such as the development of asthma or bronchitis.
Another concern over a clogged air duct is the possibility of a fire. Ducts that are free of debris are safe but an air duct obstructed with a buildup of dust, particles, bacteria and fungi can create the right conditions for a potential fire.
Occasionally even in the cleanest of homes a rodent can get into the duct work and become trapped. Unfortunately you will not know this until there is an awful smell running through your home. This is harmful not only because there is a decaying animal in the vent but also your family is now breathing the nasty odor in. It will clog the duct and force your heating and cooling system to work overtime.
Liquids spill and often they happen around or near your heating vents. Also if you have pets they too can have an accident or two. Once liquid gets into the vents in can travel until it reaches debris and then saturate whatever is in the duct. This can cause the smell to travel through your home. The liquid combined with the debris can create unsanitary conditions.
These are only a few of the top reasons why you should clean your air ducts. Since they are a complicated web of vents, it is recommended to have a professional cleaning company come in and handle the task.