With Halloween approaching, you are probably occupied with putting up Halloween décor, frantically looking for costumes, and planning Halloween parties. But while you completely immerse yourself in Halloween prep, remember to keep an eye out for the truly spooky things that can show up in your home. We aren’t talking about ghouls or ghosts—we’re talking about the real stuff like mold and pests, all of which can show up in the various corners of your home, including your air ducts. If you’re not scared yet, keep reading. The pros at Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing have prepared a list of some truly spooky things you can find in your air ducts!
Mold is a type of fungus that spreads with the help of airborne mold spores. All it needs is the right moisture content and some nutrients and can start growing in any part of your home. Mold can grow in your ductwork or air ducts because of the cold air that passes through or the high vapor content in the outside, unfiltered air. In addition, if the ducts have not been cleaned, the mold can get its nutrition from the dust, dirt, and dander that is left inside the ductwork. The presence of mold in your ductwork can truly be spooky because the air that you breathe circulates through the ductwork. Excessive mold exposure can cause health problems, especially with people who are prone to allergies or have asthma. If you think you have a mold problem in your ductwork because you smell a strong, musty odor or because of any major leaks or water damage, immediately contact a professional HVAC technician.
Over time, ducts can become cozy places for pests such as cockroaches, spiders, and mice. Rodents specifically can chew through your ducts, leading to openings and gaps in your air ducts. This can lead to air leaks causing you to pay more for heating and cooling bills as well as forcing your HVAC system to work overtime. In addition, pests and their droppings carry many diseases, bacteria, and germs that can become airborne. These allergens can ruin your indoor air quality, leading to allergic reactions and even trigger asthma attacks. If you smell a foul odor or hear constant scuttling around your home, you might want to get your ductwork inspected for pests.
Moisture might not really be spooky, but it can lead to other spooky things like mold and mildew forming inside the ducts as well as around your vents. Condensation can find its way into your ducts if you live in a particularly humid climate or if you have dirty air filters, poor insulation, or blocked ducts. Prevent moisture in your air ducts by replacing your air filter, unblocking any air vents, and ensuring you have proper insulation.
Keep Your Ductwork Clean with Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing!
If you think you have any of these spooky things in your air ducts, then you should have one of the pros at Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing inspect and clean your ductwork! Call us today or send us a message on our website!