The Problem Of Dirty Ducts
Dirty air conditioning ducts can literally provide a breeding ground for bacteria,
mold, and various other pollutants. These pollutants are then efficiently spread
around your home by the very system that is intended to keep the breathable
atmosphere clean and fresh. A HEPA cleaning system can be used to clean dirty
ducts and prevent possible illness, stale odors, and general dust and debris from
being scattered around your home. But, what exactly is the health risk behind a
dirty air conditioning duct?
Dust And Dust Mites
A small amount of dust is to be expected in air ducts and is natural.
excessive amount of dust mites can cause serious problems and will build up unless
the air ducts in your home are cleaned regularly. Dust allergies are a common cause
of illness, and asthma sufferers may also see the worst symptoms from an increased
number of dust mites. However, even healthy residents can suffer from breathing
problems, itchy eyes, and rashes caused by dust mites.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
MRSA has hit the headlines for causing serious outbreaks of infection within
hospitals. The MRSA virus may also be transmitted and therefore contracted through
the air ducts in your home. A HEPA air cleaning system will help to minimize the
risk, and performed often enough, or with UV lighting installed, the risk can be
completely contained. MRSA can attack the skin causing a reddening of the skin and
rashes, but it can also attack the lungs and other vital organs causing breathing
difficulties and fever.
The e-coli bacteria can also use the air ducts within your home to breed freely.
Once they have bred, they will then be circulated around the home by way of the
air ducts that you believe keep your air fresh. The most common symptoms of e-coli
include cramp, bloody diarrhea, and possible nausea. The symptoms can be dangerous
for all people, but especially children.
Various salmonella bacteria may also be harboring within your air ducts and your
air conditioning system. If these bacteria reach your food then salmonella food
poisoning is a very real risk. Salmonella symptoms include headaches, pain in the
abdomen, and vomiting and diarrhea. Fever is almost always noted and, especially in
children, dehydration becomes a real problem.
Other Potential Problems
There is a vast range of other bacteria that can be found lurking in dirty ducts.
These can range from fairly mild effecting bacteria to very serious illness inducing
problems. In order to ensure that you and your family remain healthy and safe you
should seriously consider the use f regular and professional HEPA air cleaning
A HEPA Air Cleaning System
A HEPA air cleaning system can destroy the bacteria, mold, and other pollutants
within your air ducts. This prevents you from contracting diseases that might
otherwise be easy pickings. It can also improve the musty smell that is sometime
evident with mold growth improving your overall atmosphere. And, finally, it will
help decrease the amount of work that the air conditioning system needs to perform,
therefore reducing your energy bills and ensuring a longer life for your ducts and
air conditioning system.