New Pipes Inc Health Risks of Dirty Air Ducts

Health Risks of Dirty Air Ducts

Keeping up with dust build-up can be a huge pain. While hard surfaces in open areas show the most obvious accumulation of dust, there are many more areas that are out of sight and out of mind. Areas like the tops of furniture and ceiling fan blades, that are often neglected and spread dust, recoat surfaces with a fresh layer of particles and debris. Combine that with dirty air ducts, you have a flow of recirculating dirty air being breathed in. At first consideration, dust build-up may seem like more of a nuisance a major problem. The truth about this all-too-common household dilemma, however, is that it poses more problems than you might expect.

Of all of the systems in place, air ducts within your HVAC system often take on the most mileage. This is a common occurrence because they work night and day to make sure your air quality is on point. While they may work flawlessly for the first weeks or months of installation, extended periods of use can eventually take their toll and wreak havoc on the air quality in every room instead of improving it.

Health Risks Associated with Dirty Air Ducts

In the sections below, we will explore three common problems that you may experience at home due to uncleaned air ducts:

1. Worsened pre-existing pulmonary conditions

If you or anyone in your building suffers from asthma, allergies, or other similar pulmonary conditions, then dirty air ducts are definitely something that you want to avoid.

Anyone with underlying pulmonary conditions can suffer greatly from dirty air ducts as it severely compromises the indoor air quality. Repeat exposure of harsh impurities in the air can eventually lead to more severe attacks that will impact an already-compromised pulmonary system. The longer that dirty air filters sit without cleaning or replacement, the more likely certain conditions will be triggered and eventually last for longer periods.

Before a health issue develops, schedule regular air duct cleaning with an expert who can mitigate the underlying risk at hand and make sure that no triggers arise!

2. Development of respiratory diseases and infections

Aside from pulmonary condition triggers, another implication that arises alongside dirty air ducts is a recurring development of various respiratory infections and diseases that can affect even the healthiest of people.

Dirty air ducts, left unmaintained, can turn into a time bomb that unleashes tainted air. While air from dirty duct or filter may not immediately present a problem, it can quickly become one, causing certain issues like low-grade fevers, headaches, coughing, sneezing, and nasal congestion to occur because of the pollutants in the air.

Over time, these same air ducts can also act as a catalyst for even more severe conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia if a proper servicing and replacement are unnecessarily delayed.

3. Low energy in your body

Oxygen is a required resource for the body’s functions, and clean air provides filtered access. Clean air is absorbed efficiently to provide energy while dirty air may use up energy by relying on your body to filter the air of contaminants or impurities.

Instead of having enough energy to productively perform tasks, or be active and alert, your body may end up wasting its reserves on fighting the bacteria in the air that’s caused by dirty ducts. If you’re looking to give your immune system a rest and concentrate your energy on more productive tasks, then it may be time to check your air filters or have your ducts inspected for cleaning.


When it comes to dirty air ducts, it may not seem like a big problem at first glance, but it can easily prove to be an even bigger issue over time if you aren’t careful. By taking the initiative to keep your ducts clean and swap out your filters regularly, you can keep your air as clean as possible and maybe even reduce the amount of time spent dusting.

New Pipes Inc. is a mature, seasoned, full-service Plumbing and Heating and Cooling Service and Repair Company. Our staff is committed to excellent service and reliability.

To schedule an HVAC duct inspection or cleaning service, contact New Pipes, Inc online today!


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