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Last updated on September 17th, 2021 at 02:14 pm

Duct cleaning may not always be at the top of your home maintenance list, but it should be, especially if you live in the Greater Seattle or Bellevue area. The Pacific Northwest’s damp weather and large amounts of plant allergens make it particularly important to clean your ducts.

Here are three reasons why Pacific Northwest duct cleaning is vital to your health for commercial spaces and at home.

1. Allergies

It’s easy to blame outdoor pollens and grasses for all your allergy problems. However, the cause of your itchy eyes may be lurking in your air ducts.

20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites, which are commonly found in the dust that builds up in homes and ductwork throughout the year. Direct, mold, and pet dander can easily cause problems for others.

Half of all allergies are aggravated by polluted indoor air, and people in the Pacific Northwest already have bad enough allergy problems. Pollen season in the Seattle area lasts more than 8 months of the year between tree pollens, grasses, and weeds. In the Northwest, duct cleaning is essential so everyone in your home can breathe easier.

2. Mold

mold in the houseWith the Pacific Northwest’s damp weather, it’s easy for mold to get out of control, especially if ducts are not cleaned. These spores need moisture to begin growing. As they grow, they can destroy the materials they grow on and cause health problems.

Most molds do not cause significant harm to healthy people. However, sensitive people are likely to experience skin rashes, nasal congestion, asthma aggravation, and other allergy symptoms. A small number of molds produce mycotoxins that cause toxic effects, including fatigue and lung irritation.

Air duct cleaning can help remove moisture and eliminate harmful mold growth, protecting the health of everyone in your home.  

3. Indoor Air Quality

While many of us blame outdoor pollen and pollutants for allergies, indoor air quality is often even more of a problem. The average house accumulates 40 lbs of dust per year. And it’s not just simple dirt: pet dander, shedded human skin cells, rodent feces, dust mites, and mold can also be hiding in your air ducts.

Indoor air pollutant levels are often 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollutants. The more particles are in the air you breathe at home, the more difficult it is for your lungs to filter them out as you sleep, cook, eat, do household chores, and relax.

As the weather cools in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll likely spend more time indoors. Take precautions like getting your ducts cleaned to ensure your air quality is as good as it can be.

Hire a Local Duct Cleaning Professional

DuctVac Northwest is an indoor air quality company with 20 years of experience serving clients like you. We are dedicated to providing you with cleaner and healthier indoor air, not selling you unnecessary parts or a new furnace.

Contact us today to learn more about our services.