By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
When is the last time you looked into your home’s air vents ? They may have a nice, white
covers but are they really nice and clean? Use a flash light and see what is really in there. If the vent looks dirty then most likely your air duct needs cleaning. Dust is one thing that you can see in the vent, so is mold, dander, chemicals and other air particles.
Dirty air ducts may lead to symptoms of sinusitis, headaches, trouble breathing, asthma , trouble sleeping, itchy eyes etc. Not everyone is sensitive to what is in their air ducts, but people with weakened immune systems or auto immunity may suffer more then others when the air ducts have build up of allergens.
Even though filters are used and should be changed seasonally, contaminants can still get built up in the system. The cleaner the system the easier it works. When it is dirty the HVAC system has to work harder to keep you healthy and breathing easier. Certain things may indicate that the system may need to be cleaned more often then others. These are smokers, pets, water damage, immune compromised people in the house, post home renovations etc.
For people whose homes have had water damage or mold, most air duct companies have a UV light they can put into the system to help prevent further mold build up in the air ducts. The UV system kills pathogens so they do not end up in the air you are breathing.
If you are concerned about the air you are breathing consider a home allergy test to identify the substances you are reacting to. We test for things like dander, molds, grasses, chemicals and more. Then after you get your answers consider cleaning your air ducts. Air ducts should be cleaned around every 4 years.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.