How Air Ducts Affect Your Home’s Health

Having a healthy home is important to your family. Yet no matter how much you clean it, your home could still be suffering from polluted air quality. With poor air quality in your home, the health of your house and your family could suffer greatly. In fact, one out of every six cases of allergies is caused by polluted indoor air. The best way to keep your home’s air quality high is to regularly clean and maintain your air ducts. Without proper cleaning, your ducts can negatively impact the health of your home.

Hazardous Pollutants

Your ducts push air around in your home, helping to keep the flow of air circulating and carrying cooling or heating properties as needed. But your ducts also push around what lies inside them. Pollutants like dust mite feces can build up in your ducts and become dislodged. These pollutants are invisible to the naked eye, mingling with your home’s air. When you breathe them in, you’re exposing your body to their germs, creating or agitating illnesses. Your body needs healthy air to function properly, which means your home needs unpolluted air for you to breathe in.


Allergies are fairly common in the springtime when the pollen count starts to climb. But if your family experiences allergies at other times of the year, it’s likely the result of a dirty duct system. Dirt, dust, and other allergens find their way into your home each time you open the doors and windows or clean your house. These particles make a home for themselves in your air ducts until they’re pushed out into your home’s air. Each time you take a breath, you run the risk of breathing in these allergens. Children are particularly susceptible to indoor air pollutants, and poor air quality could lead to lifelong allergies and illnesses if not handled quickly.


Although these allergens and pollutants are dangerous to humans, they make attractive environments for certain pests. Rodents and even some birds enjoy making nests out of the large build-up of these pollutants, while certain insects and species of fungi get nutrition from them. If your ducts haven’t been cleaned, your home could be housing a host of pests you didn’t invite in. And with these pests taking up residence in your house, you’ll also have to worry about the hazards they – and their droppings – cause.

Keeping your air ducts clean is the best way to promote a healthy atmosphere in your home. Cardinal Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning is devoted to helping families create and maintain high indoor air quality. As a father-and-son team, we understand the importance of keeping your family safe and your home healthy. If you’re ready to give your home’s health a boost, give us a call at (314) 501-5231 to get started.

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