When I was a kid, I loved hiding stuff around the house. I’d never hide anything important, like my father’s keys, but I’d hide my own toys and action figures in places to see if my parents would find them. I had superhero figures hidden in spice cabinets, building blocks hidden in plain sight beside a toaster – you get the point. My favorite hiding spot was the vents for our ductwork around the house, as the registers could be pulled out of the wall or floor for me to place things in the ducts. It’s funny thinking back to those days as an adult, as I wish I had a reason to check out the ductwork as often as I did back then! Like many others, having the air ducts of my home regularly cleaned out by a heating and air conditioning technician is probably the last thing on my to-do list. Ironic, really, since many of our homes’ air circulation issues can be related back to the cleanliness of the ducts themselves! I know this is the case as I’ve seen it myself. Just a few weeks ago, I was performing my weekly cleaning ritual to get the house disinfected. I happened to notice that the vent register in the kitchen had some dust clinging to it. When I pulled the vent register out of the wall, a plume of dust and dirt spilled out onto the kitchen counter and the floor! It was a big mess, all from a single air duct. Seeing this got me thinking about how long it’s been since my ductwork was properly cleaned, and I then decided to have a professional HVAC technician come and sweep out the ducts. When the day of that service appointment came to pass, I watched that technician pull enough debris out of the ductwork to fill a pillowcase! I was glad to see it go, though, and my home’s air quality has greatly improved as a result.