Sometimes your indoor air quality issues stem from your ductwork. Do you have biological pollutants in your air ducts? Air ducts are the system of hollow tubes that carries cooled air throughout your home. The duct system includes the tubular system, the vents and the registers. The duct system is utilized by both the central air conditioner and
the heating unit. Vents are strategically located in each room to deliver the conditioned air and may be opened or closed to control the air flow into the room. The ductwork also includes one or more intake registers. These intake registers are generally square and either located in the ceiling or a wall. The registers take in air from the living space and deliver the air to the heating or cooling
system. If the intake registers are blocked, the air flow to the air conditioning system is compromised.
The condition of your ductwork impacts the air quality in your home. Leaks and cracks in your ducts can cause dust to quickly spread in your home. If you dust the surfaces of your home only to find they are dusty again within a few hours, you may have leaking ductwork. Repairing any leaks in your ducts is essential for maintaining the air quality inside the home.
If your ductwork is clogged or contaminated, the pollutants recirculate through your home and your family breathes the particles. Mold and bacteria may grow in the duct system. If your home has a musty smell that never seems to go away, or if a member of your family suffers from a respiratory issue, you may need to have your ductwork professionally cleaned.