The quality of the indoor air in your house is important to you and everyone living in your home. This is especially true if you or a member of your family has asthma or suffers with allergies. One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality is to ensure that the air ducts in your house are clean and carrying clean air. Here are two tips to help you keep your air ducts clean.

Look for Mold and Get Rid of It

The first thing to do is to look for and clean any mold that you find in your ducts. Mold typically thrives in areas that are dark and damp, so air ducts can often act as incubators for fungus. Using a flashlight, look into the ducts and determine whether there is mold that needs to be eliminated.

To get rid of the mold, you'll need a washrag, brush and a vinegar or bleach solution; bleach and vinegar are both known to kill mold. Spray the bleach or vinegar solution onto the mold, let it sit for a few minutes to an hour, and scrub the mold away with the brush or washrag. Make sure that the area is dry when you've finished.

Even if you don't see mold with your eyes, there may be mold spores lurking in your ducts. If you want to know for sure whether mold is a concern in your house, take samples of air to a laboratory to be analyzed. Take a sample from inside your rooms and also a sample from the ducts themselves. If you do have mold in the ducts, you will need a professional cleaning.

Consider Sealants

There are sealants you can have put onto the surface of your air ducts to make sure that the ducts stay clean. Sealants can stop mold and dirt from collecting inside the ducts. You may not need this if you are able to keep your ducts clean with periodic checks, but if you find that you are regularly cleaning large amounts of gunk out of the ducts, you might consider having sealants applied. In order to get this done, your system must be thoroughly cleaned out, and a professional HVAC company needs to apply the sealant to all the ducts in your system.

Use the tips above to assist you in making the indoor air in your home better. Talk to a contractor, such as Snelling Heating Cooling & Electrical, about other ways to make sure that your air ducts are keeping you and your family healthy.