Allergies are a reaction your body has to certain foreign substances. Allergies can range from mild to severe. They can be triggered by a variety of sources, from chemicals to foods. Some common allergens include dust, pollen and mold. Allergies are a constant reminder of when to get your air ducts cleaned.
Most of the severe symptom chronic allergies are caused by Dust, Mold, and Pet Dander. Did you know that all three of these allergens are present in all of the air ducts we clean? Here’s a quick rundown of what each of these are.
Dust mites are microscopic organisms that live in nearly all homes, usually in beds, upholstered furniture, and consume the dead skin cells that we naturally shed. These mites create waste which can trigger allergy symptoms and aggravate asthma.
Mold is one of the most common causes for allergies. Mold needs water to grow, so you’ll frequently find it in damp places like in the shower or around a bathroom vent, as well as in basements and crawl spaces. However, mold isn’t always visible. It can grow wherever there is moisture — under flooring, behind walls, and especially in your air ducts. As mold grows, it releases airborne spores, which are another common cause of allergy symptoms.
Pet dander. Like humans, most household pets — commonly cats and dogs — shed dead skin flakes, known as dander, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Your air ducts are a magnet for pet dander.