Ventilation ducts are indoor air ducts that are used to circulate air and extract and recover the air from the heating or air conditioning systems in residential buildings, offices, industries, or any other type of building. If ventilation ducts aren’t cleaned, they circulate contaminated air that can transmit pollution that is dangerous for your health.
The risks associated with not maintaining an air duct
Essential to the exchange of air between the inside and the outside and to the use of the heating and air conditioning systems, ventilation ducts are heavily used and cleaning them contributes greatly to managing the quality of the ambient air and therefore to the health and well-being of the people present in a place. If the ventilation ducts in your building aren’t regularly cleaned, there are several types of risks:
- Risks to the health of the occupants of the premises: Poorly cleaned air ducts will be a place where dust proliferates, which will cause the formation of mould, various bacteria, and allergens that will then be transported in the ambient air. In this case, the air breathed by the occupants of the place can cause irritations in the respiratory tract, itching, asthma, and incessant allergies. The major risk is developing serious lung problems due to the impure air breathed on a daily basis.
- Risks of fire: The accumulation of dust, grease, and smoke in the ventilation ducts, and especially in the hood vents in the kitchen, represents a high fire risk as soon as you turn them on. In addition, in terms of comfort, the risk of poorly maintained kitchen hood vents is having unpleasant odours appear that won’t go away because they’re caused by the incrustation of dirt on the walls of the device.
- Risks of reduced quality and durability in your devices: The risk of the premature deterioration of your devices – whether it’s your heating systems, your air conditioner, or your kitchen hood vent – is great if you don’t take the cleaning of the ventilation ducts seriously. The motor of your ventilation ducts can also overheat if they aren’t regularly cleaned, because the amount of air will become too large compared to the volume of the ducts lined with impurities.
- Risks of additional costs: The regular maintenance of a ventilation duct helps ensure the smooth operation of your devices but also reduces the overall cost of the repairs that may be required if its maintenance is not ensured. A ventilation duct maintained by a professional in a high-quality way on time will prevent you from having to buy expensive maintenance products regularly or having to completely replace your ducts! Without cleaning the ventilation systems, your heating devices will also function worse, which will force you to increase the thermostat and therefore make your heating bill go up more and more.
For maximum efficiency and because air duct cleaning requires safe and appropriate professional equipment, you should have your air ducts cleaned by experienced cleaning professionals. Experts will be able to offer you lasting maintenance, sanitation, decontamination, and cleaning services for your ventilation ducts because they’re carried out with the proper required equipment. For an optimal result, you can have your ventilation ducts cleaned once or twice a year, before and/or right at the end of winter.