A majority of the dust in your home can be a direct result of dirty air vents. Air ducts can contain dust, dirt, and mold. If your goal is indoor air that’s as fresh and healthy as possible, you may think about hiring a firm to clean your home’s air ducts—the long channels that carry heated or cooled air throughout the house. Ducts lead from the furnace and run through basements, crawl spaces, and walls to reach every room, and cleaning them involves vacuuming up dust and debris, as well as removing mold (if present). In this blog, we would like to tell you about signs that you need your air ducts professionally cleaned.
Visible Mold or Dust Around the Vent
An unusual or musty odor is often the first sign of mold in air ducts or in air vents. … Mold and mildew in air vents and ducts can smell wet, rotten, or stale. If you notice a recurring problem, particularly in areas with poor ventilation or a lot of moisture, get it checked out right away. Humidity is the main culprit for mold in your air ducts. If there is mold in your air ducts the fans from the heater and air conditioner will push particles through the air. Mold can cause respiratory issues, sneezing, skin irritation, and serious health issues if it is not taken care of properly. Dust can easily accumulate in your air duct. If you consider yourself handy, you’re probably curious about how to clean air ducts yourself. On an annual basis, it’s a good idea to remove floor registers and carefully vacuum out visible dust or debris from the duct directly below the register (usually space eight inches to 10 inches deep). But don’t attempt to stick a vacuum hose deeper into the duct. In the same way that an untrained service technician can damage ductwork—or release more dust into the air—so can a well-meaning homeowner. Make sure to regularly check each of your vents to identify mold and clear away dust buildup.
High Heating or Cooling Bill
The simplest way duct cleaning improves your utility bills is by removing blockages that can reduce your central air conditioner’s or furnace’s energy efficiency. When the ducts are clean, the system does not have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, which means less energy is needed. If you notice a steady increase in your utility bill without the temperature changing it could be because of dirty air ducts.
Check Vents When First Move Into a New Home
Usually when moving into a new home it will be spic and span before the move-in day. One part of the home that is often overlooked is the air duct system. Right after you move in it is a good idea to hire a professional duct cleaning service to clean your system.
Only qualified HVAC inspection and cleaning technicians can safely clean the air ducts of your home. In addition, some types of ducts, such as insulated and flexible ducts, can be damaged by an untrained technician, leaving you to pay for expensive duct repairs. Do a little research and hire a qualified professional HVAC or duct-cleaning company.
Avoid the risk. We guarantee that our team of professionals will get the job done efficiently and in a timely manner.
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