The heating season is well under way, and you may have noticed that your nasal passages aren’t working the way they were last summer. Air heated by a furnace tends to be dry, and this may be part of the problem. But the problem could also be caused by particulates in the air.

If you’ve been vigilant about having your furnace maintained and changing the filter regularly, and you’re still having breathing problems, your home could benefit from a thorough duct cleaning.

Over the years, dirt and dust can accumulate in a home’s duct system. Mold can start growing in there, too. Your ductwork may even be home to rodents or insects. You don’t want to be breathing that stuff, do you? It’s an even bigger issue if someone has a respiratory issue, such as COPD or asthma.

If you suspect that your ducts need to be cleaned, your best course is to choose a reliable HVAC-system contractor who can come in, assess your ductwork and advise you. You may not need a cleaning at all. On the other hand, you could need repairs, as well as a cleaning, because breaches in your ductwork allow pollutants to infiltrate your airstream.

A law passed by the state legislature last summer requires all duct cleaners in Ohio to be registered. But you want more than just someone who’s registered with the state. You want a contractor with deep roots in the community and expertise in duct maintenance.

In Cincinnati, that contractor is Apollo Home Heating and Cooling. We’ve been in business for more than a century, and we take great pride in the service we offer homeowners throughout the area. Contact us if you have any questions about duct cleaning, duct maintenance or any other home-comfort issue. Our goal is keeping you healthy and comfortable — not just in the winter, when you’re using your furnace, but all year long.

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