Sniffle, snort, sneeze, scratch: it’s seasonal allergy time again! While many people are aware that the quality of the outdoor air they breathe has an impact on their allergy symptoms, they might not realize that the indoor air quality within their home also plays a significant role in seasonal allergy symptoms.
What Lurks in Dirty Air Ducts
Because air ducts are hidden within the walls, floors, or ceilings of a home, they are often overlooked and forgotten. However, allergens like pollen, mold, pet dander, dust, and even dust mites take advantage of this situation and accumulate within the ducts circulating your home. In fact, your air ducts may also harbor bacteria, fungi, and viruses that can worsen your allergy symptoms.
How Dirty Air Ducts Affect Allergy Symptoms
Every time your air conditioner comes on, the air handler blows cooled and dehumidified air through the air ducts and out the vents into your home’s living spaces. With each system cycle, a new load of dust and other allergens is then sprayed throughout the rooms. Each breath of indoor air is thus laden with allergy-inducing particles.
Air Duct Cleaning Helps Cure Allergies
Removal of the layers of accumulated debris from a home’s air ducts reduces the amount of allergens in the air. With less allergens, there is less cause for the immune system to trigger an allergic response.
In most homes, air duct cleaning every three years will keep allergy symptoms at bay. In homes with several furry pets, damp basements, or regular smokers, more frequent cleaning may be needed to fully control allergy symptoms.
Professional Air Duct Cleaning Services
At Duggan’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we take seasonal allergy prevention seriously. Our mission is to ensure your comfort and health all year long. For more information about how air ducts and your air conditioner affect your seasonal allergy symptoms, call our Augusta air conditioner company at 706-733-8703.