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5 Sure Signs it’s Time to Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Despite routinely replacing filters, your home’s heating and cooling system gets dirty with regular everyday use, and unfortunately, your air ducts are a favorite hiding place for dust, dirt, and allergens to linger. That dust and dirt is filled with contaminants and air pollutants that can not only harm your indoor air quality, but can also cause your heating and cooling system to work really hard. All that hard work not only increases your energy bills, but can significantly shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Just like your car or any major appliance, your home’s heating and cooling system will perform better with regular maintenance, and air duct cleaning is just one of the services to consider if you want to ensure some longevity for your entire HVAC system.

Want to know if you need to have your ducts cleaned? Here are 5 dead giveaways of dirty air ducts!

1) Mold

While we all know how dust can negatively affect our health, mold is a whole different animal! Not only can it exacerbate allergies and respiratory problems; but it also can spread quickly throughout your home.

Your heating and cooling system can develop condensation that leads to the growth of mold in your ductwork (especially if you live in a humid climate). You may spot mold around your vent covers, but unfortunately, many components of your heating and cooling system aren’t easily accessible or visible, so mold in your air ducts is especially difficult to detect. However, while mold can be difficult to see, it usually presents itself in the form of a musty odor.

If you do have mold in your air ducts, it’s important to take action quickly to preserve your home’s indoor air quality. An air duct cleaning technician will be able to identify and remediate any mold issues, and also help prevent its return.

In addition to duct cleaning, you should take additional precautions against excess moisture in your home, such as installing a whole-home dehumidifier or by optimizing settings on your thermostat. Keep in mind that if the conditions causing mold in the first place are not corrected, mold growth can recur.

2) Dust

Is your home dusty, no matter how often you clean? While dusting isn’t a fun task, it’s something we all have to do from time to time, and if you notice that every flat surface in your home is coated with dust almost immediately after you’ve put away your cleaning supplies, you probably need to have your ducts cleaned!

Even the cleanest homes can have dirt, dust, pet dander, and all sorts of harmful contaminants lingering in the air ducts. You may even notice dust coming out of the vents every time the HVAC system kicks on! Take a look at the air supply and return vents around your house. Are they visibly dirty or dusty? If so, carefully remove a vent cover and/or filter and take a quick look into the ductwork. Is the metal covered in dust? If you see dust and dirt both inside and outside — especially by the vents that blow warm or cool air — your ducts most likely need to be cleaned.

To prevent future dust buildup, make sure you replace your HVAC system air filters frequently. You can also run an air purifier. Both filters and air purifiers work with your HVAC system to trap a variety of airborne particles like dust, tobacco smoke, and bacteria before they enter the ductwork.

3) Ducts are Infested with Rodents or Insects

From time to time, mice, squirrels, and insects can make their way into your air ducts. Naturally, these vermin leave behind all sorts of bacteria. When rodents find their way into your ductwork, they make nests and leave droppings behind, sending tiny fecal spores sweeping along the ducts. These spores can then make their way into your home and contaminate the quality of the air you breathe.

Unfortunately, rodents like to take up residence in ductwork, and will chew their way in, or find an unsealed access route. Once they move in, your home’s duct work becomes a personal highway for rodents, as they make their way all around your home. If rodents are in your ductwork, they will leave some telltale signs — not only will you see droppings, but you may find chewed-up materials or unpleasant smells, all of which indicate an infestation.

Keep in mind that a rodent infestation might require more than air duct cleaning! If you ignore the issue, it could lead to serious structural damage, not to mention an HVAC system that doesn’t work efficiently, leading to higher energy bills.

4) Your Home was Just Built or has Undergone a Major Renovation

Construction is messy. Even when contractors are diligent about cleaning up and closing off work areas to keep the rest of the site tidy, dust and debris will always find their way in. Even if the HVAC system is turned off and kept completely covered during the entire construction process (which isn’t typical), that dirt and dust will most certainly make its way into your ductwork.

Construction and remodeling dust can contain some pretty nasty particulate matter that you really don’t want to breathe, so it’s best to get this issue remedied quickly before respiratory problems develop.

5) Rising Energy Costs

Your heating and cooling costs should be relatively predictable from year to year. If you receive a bill that is noticeably high, especially compared to the same time a year ago, dirty ductwork might be to blame.

At times, ductwork can become so dirty that air isn’t able

to flow freely and efficiently through your home’s HVAC system. When this happens, both your furnace and air conditioner are forced to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. This added energy expenditure means higher utility bills for you and your family.

You also may notice that a bathroom, bedroom, or other room in your home doesn’t receive the same level of airflow as other rooms. In most cases, v

ents that are fully open should deliver relatively consistent airflow from room to room. Inconsistency could be the result of dirty air ducts.

Worth noting, it isn’t always the accumulation of debris in you

r air ducts that causes your system to have to work harder. Any leaks you have in your ductwork is lost energy, decreasing the efficiency of the system, and ultimately increasing your energy bill. Hiring an air systems cleaning specialist (ASCS) to clean your ducts won’t only remove harmful contaminants, but can also rule out potential leaks.

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