Air ducts are the lungs of your home, and they need to be as clean as possible. This is especially true for those who suffer from respiratory issues like asthma or allergies. Here are four ways your ducts could make you sick in Oak Ridge, TN.

Vermin Infestations

Your air ducts could be the abode of many nasty critters like insects or mice looking for an escape from the gradually cooling weather. Small particles and bacteria from their droppings can circulate throughout your house, leading to illnesses like sinus infections or worse.

Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome occurs when dust and dander build up in air ducts, then circulate throughout the building, causing poor indoor air quality. These allergens can leave you feeling like you’re coming down with a nasty cold. Some people immediately feel better after exiting such buildings.


If you have dust and bacteria from your HVAC ducts circulating through your home, these particles can send your immune system into overdrive. While you might not be sick, your overactive immune system can make you feel generally run-down and weary.

Skin Problems

Dirty HVAC ducts can flood your home with nasty bacteria and allergens. While some of them may not make you physically ill, they can settle on your skin, irritating it and causing intense itching. These particles can bring an increase in eczema symptoms or even hives.

If you or someone in your family is suffering from any of these health issues, it may be a sign that your air ducts need a thorough, professional cleaning. Infections, skin problems and lethargy can increase stress and decrease the quality of life for your family. Regular maintenance by our team at Cook’s Comfort Systems, Inc., can help prevent these problems, so call us to set up an appointment and breathe more easily!

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