04 Oct Top 3 Dirty HVAC Health Risks
Many home and business owners forget that their HVAC systems experience debris build-up beyond the vent registers inside the ducts and on air filters and parts. This debris does more than cause mechanical damage. People and pets can become extremely ill when exposed to a wide range of materials that blow out of dirty HVAC systems. Consider these top health and safety threats, and keep in mind when it comes to your HVAC.
Pests – Insects and animals that sometimes carry diseases often move into ducts. Additionally, pests small enough to exit the vents into a structure sometimes carry toxins in their bodies. A bite or sting can make you, a loved one, or co-worker severely ill, cause necrosis of healthy tissues, or even death in some severe cases.
Microorganisms – Certain types of mold and bacteria thrive inside of dark ducts. You can experience a variety of health problems when exposed to them. For example, Legionella bacteria in air vents can cause symptoms similar to flu and pneumonia. Mold spores can cause allergic reactions and other symptoms, including wheezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, throat swelling, skin rash, itching, and brain fog. Harmful microorganisms can also cause severe immune system dysfunction that makes it difficult for the body to fight off infections and heal properly.
Dust – The fine powder known as dust contains far more than soil and dead skin. It also contains mites that feed on skin and toxic particles. Like other microorganisms, the amount of mites and their waste in dust can cause or exacerbate allergy symptoms. Toxic particles made primarily of heavy metals and harmful chemicals do the same. They can also alter child development and promote cancer growth. Toxic particles enter a building on clothing and shoes, or through windows, doors, and gaps. They also accumulate from the breakdown of materials, such as treated lumber and textiles, plastics, paints, and sealants.
Our experienced team at Axiom Home Services inspect and thoroughly clean HVAC systems as part of our heating and cooling services. We also use a variety of techniques to block common pest entry points and improve air quality between professional cleanings. Call us today for more information!