Have you noticed dust coming from the vents in your home when you turn on your HVAC unit?
If so, it’s probably because your air ducts are dirty—and dirty air ducts can cause a list of problems in your home. However, routine cleaning of air ducts and generally maintaining your HVAC system will not only prevent these problems but can also increase energy efficiency and improve the air quality in your home. Because you don’t see the inside of your air ducts every day, it may be difficult to tell when your system could use a cleaning. In order to help you relax and take a deep (clean) breath, the experts at DUCTZ have come up with 5 signs to look for when determining if your HVAC system needs to be cleaned.
Spikes in your Energy Bill
If you notice an increase in your energy bill, and there’s no explanation for the spike, your HVAC system may be dirty, which reduces the system’s efficiency. For example, when dirt and dust accumulation restrict air flow, the system won’t be able to effectively circulate warmed or cooled air throughout your home. Leaking ducts can also cause heated or cooled air to escape through the gaps in your ductwork, forcing your HVAC system to run longer and use more energy.
Getting your air ducts cleaned can reduce your energy bills. When your HVAC system is cleaned—and leaks are fixed—your system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home at your desired temperature, so you’ll use less energy and improve cost-effectiveness.
Dirt and Debris Around your Vent
The National Air Duct Cleaning Association’s (NADCA) rule of thumb is “If your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.” Similarly, if you notice dust and debris around your vents, it’s likely that your HVAC system has high amounts of contaminants circulating through the air ducts. When this occurs, it doesn’t only make your home dusty, but your health can be negatively impacted as well.
If you or your family members are having unexplained or worsened allergy, sinus, asthma, or other respiratory problems, excessive allergens and pollutants in your HVAC system may be the cause of the problem. According to NADCA, your HVAC system pulls contaminants through your home five to seven times per day, exposing you to allergens each time. Cleaning your air ducts can significantly improve the health ailments triggered by poor indoor air quality.
Mold can grow anywhere, and it’s especially common if you live in a humid climate. Mold exposure in homes has been linked to many health issues like throat irritation, eye irritation, coughing or wheezing, and in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may also have more severe reactions. Mold grows and spreads through spores, which can be picked up by your HVAC system and circulated around your home, promoting further growth. If you see visible mold growth inside your air ducts, on other components of your heating and cooling system, or elsewhere in your home, contact an indoor air professional immediately.
Factors that Increase the Need for HVAC Maintenance:
- People with allergies or asthma
- Cigarette or cigar smoke
- Water damage contamination that has impacted your HVAC system
- Home renovation or remodeling projects
How your Ducts are Cleaned
The professionals at DUCTZ will provide you with an expert cleaning that no homeowner could accomplish on his or her own. When a DUCTZ technician visits your home, they will thoroughly inspect your air ducts and HVAC system. This in-depth inspection will enable our professionals to identify any problem areas and provide the specialized cleaning your HVAC system needs.
Preventative maintenance, such as cleaning your air ducts and HVAC system, will help keep your system working properly and your energy bills down—and because cleaning your air ducts isn’t a do-it-yourself project, it’s important to hire a professional, so contact the experts at DUCTZ today to ensure a job well done.
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