The EPA researchers confirmed that homes could get a hundred times more dirty than the outdoors especially when it comes to the air. The indoor air got polluted and contaminated very quickly, however, cleaning it isn’t easy at all. Air ducts need to be cleaned properly just like any other part of your home, think about that the next time you start doing your chores.
How do they get so dirty?
Air ducts can get dirty from multiple different factors some of which are natural dust, pet dander, cooking or showering moisture and if you smoke cigarettes, you can be certain that your air duct is as dirty as the mud.
The important thing to remember is that if you’re not sensitive to the contaminated air, someone in your environment might be, especially the people with allergies, and you wouldn’t want them anywhere near the polluted indoor air.
How do I clean them?
Cleaning the air duct system, of course, isn’t something you can do on your daily basis, in most cases, you will need professional equipment and people who know what they’re doing, or everything might go downhill from that. If you cannot afford to hire a professional cleaning service, there are a few things you can do by yourself. However, that doesn’t mean your air will be completely clean.
Here are some signs that you should leave the cleaning to the professionals:
1. Musty Odor or Damp Area
If you notice any of the two, this is the sign of mold in your air duct system or somewhere around your house, before you go further and inspect your whole house, be sure to call a professional. Mold is a too dangerous thing for you to be handling on your own. Leave the job to the professionals.
2. Discoloration or Growths
Spreading discoloration and growths all over your house are the signs of pollution being pumped into your home. You probably won’t be able to determine the cause of the discoloration or growth, neither will you be able to prevent it. Therefore this is another case where you should consider a cleaning service.
3. Vermin droppings
If you notice these things, there is a significant probability that you are exposed to urine. Even though it is harmless to people, it sure isn’t a thing you would want to do on your own. And it will greatly endanger your habituation in your own house.
Insects are always a sign of something going wrong. Even though you can try to get rid of them on your own, you should know that the presence of insects also means there is some moisture or even mold in your air ventilation system.