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Your Faulty Air Ducts are Killing Your Indoor Air Quality

You’ve probably read all about how certain cleaning products and smoking inside, among other things, can hurt your indoor air quality, but have you ever thought about how your air ducts could be doing the same? It’s hard to believe since they’re meant to provide you with good air, but yes — faulty air ducts could be killing your indoor air quality. Here’s how:

They Pull in and Spread Bad Particles

If there are cracks in your air ducts or they’re loose, they could be pulling in all sorts of harmful particles — dust, mold spores, pollen, bacteria, and more. Once in the ducts, those particles can get spread throughout your entire home, seriously (negatively) affecting the air you breathe.

They Can Cause Backdrafting

When faulty ducts let out air pressure, exhaust gases can’t properly exit your furnace flue. This causes the gases to back up into your home — and if they’re coming from the combustion appliance, that means there’s a good chance that they’re pushing carbon monoxide into your home. If that’s the case, it's beyond bad air-quality and turns into a threat to your health.

They Waste Energy

If your air ducts have leaks, that means that air is escaping from them instead of being pushed to the parts of your home it’s intended for. That then causes your HVAC system to work harder to create a comfortable temperature, wasting energy and costing you money in utilities.

They Can Contribute to Poor Humidity

Faulty air ducts have less moisture control, which means that they can’t control the humidity in your home. Not only does this make your home uncomfortable, but it can allow mold to grow in your ducts and around your vents. Gross!

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is committed to providing solutions to dramatically improve the quality of air that you and your family have in your home. We offer whole-home humidifiers and air purifiers, combined furnace and A/C maintenance, and more. For more information on how to improve the indoor air quality in your home, call us today at (412) 265-2662.