Are My Air Ducts Making Me Sick?

In short, it’s a little bit yes and no — let us explain. It’s not exactly your air ducts that are making you sick, but rather what’s flowing through them. Pet dander, dust, dirt, pollen, and countless other amounts of nameless debris are being passed around your house from room to room through interconnecting air ducts. Without proper and regular duct cleaning, you and your family may begin to experience:

More Severe Allergies.

It’s unfortunate, but many times our indoor air quality is worse than outdoor air quality, thanks to pets, chemical cleaners, and tightly sealed homes. Research shows that even indoor air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms.

Respiratory Issues.

An HVAC system is like the lungs of your home. Not only can poor air quality make it more difficult to breathe, it can contribute to the development of infections and certain types of cancers, in more extreme cases.

Mold-related Health Issues.

Especially in cooler months when the heat is on all day, the warm, damp ducts of an HVAC unit make a cozy home from mold spores. In no time, that mold can begin to grow and spread throughout your unit.


A common symptom of poor air quality is frequent or long-lasting headaches. In homes with elevated levels of chemicals, mold, or overall debris, people have been known to develop headaches or experience more severe headaches than they previously had.

While your family’s health is certainly the most important, the effects of dirty ducts don’t end there. Clogged air ducts can also affect your home’s HVAC system, causing it to work harder than it needs to. This, in turn, will also drive up your energy bill.

If you need emergency HVAC repair services in , TX, or the surrounding areas, call Rescue Air Heating and Cooling at (972) 201-3253!