Clean Your Air Ducts to Reduce These Health Hazards

January 14th, 2020 | Wasatch Clean Air

When was the last time you thought about the cleanliness of the air ducts in your home? If you’re like most homeowners, that answer is probably never. Air ducts in your HVAC system aren’t something that you see, so they can go unnoticed. But over time they can also get all sorts of things built up inside, which can circulate throughout your Washington home if they’re not cleaned out. Beyond just being dirty, though, there are some potential health hazards that they can introduce or exacerbate.

Your air ducts could be spreading serious health hazards if not properly cleaned.


One of the most serious potential hazards that dirty air ducts can pose is the growth and disbursement of mold. If moisture is introduced into the air duct system, that combined with a warm air environment is ideal for mold growth. Over time small mold particles can be picked up and carried throughout your home when you turn on the furnace or the air conditioner and can grow in places like your kitchen or bathroom, creating a serious health hazard for you and your family. The only way to know if your air ducts have mold is to have a professional come and look inside the ductwork, but you may also suspect mold if you or someone in your family has persistent respiratory issues or asthma-like symptoms that get worse inside the house.

Animal or Rodent Infestations

Your HVAC system’s ducts are also an ideal place for insects, small animals, and rodents to make a home if they’re not regularly cleaned and inspected. These vermin can get in through tiny cracks in the ductwork and nest inside, which means you’ll be spreading dust and particles from feces and other health concerns every time your furnace or AC is on. If the animals or rodents are large enough, you’ll probably also hear them inside the vents.

Allergens and Pollutants

Even if you’re lucky enough to avoid the two potential hazards above, dirty air ducts can still spread other things through the vents pulled in from outside, like pollen, pet dander, bacteria, fungi, chemical pollutants, and more. These can cause mild reactions or could be more serious for someone with severe respiratory issues. Symptoms that include wheezing, chronic cough, sore throat, asthma attacks, headaches, rashes or hives, could be from the air in your HVAC system.

Why Professional Cleaning

To avoid these health hazards call Red Rock Clean Air today. Our professional team can check your air ducts in Washington for debris and clean it out, plus clean all your other components for heating and cooling systems, such as the coils and fans, to prolong the life of your HVAC system and improve its efficiency.