Everyone knows that your air conditioner and heater need routine maintenance. When mechanical equipment works as hard as most HVAC systems do, it is normal to expect a tune-up every six months or so. Most homeowners, however, forget about the ductwork associated with their HVAC equipment. Ductwork can be a little forgettable – after all, it just points the air in the direction it needs to go. Depending on how clean that air is, however, can make a huge difference in the well-being of your ducts.
If you are a superstar when it comes to HVAC maintenance, having semi-annual checkups and changing your air filter monthly, the chances are that you will not need this service. However, if you let maintenance slip and don’t remember the last time you changed your air filter, you may want to watch out for these symptoms.
A significant sign that your ductwork may need cleaning is dust, everywhere. When you notice that you are routinely cleaning your home, including vacuuming and dusting, but the grime is still building up on surfaces something is up. This goes double if you are changing your air filter monthly. When dust keeps coming back, that means it is trapped and circulating in the house. It’s a good bet that your ducts are the source of trouble.
Visibly Dirty Vents
This goes hand-in-hand with routine cleaning. If you are giving your home a thorough clean on a regular basis, but your vents still look dirty, something is amiss. Again, if you are routinely changing your AC filter regularly the culprit is likely dust and dirt that is trapped in your ducts. Our technicians are glad to help you remove that grime and return your ducts to an almost original state.
Sudden Increase in Respiratory Symptoms
If you recently changed your air filter but are still suffering from itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and a runny nose, your ducts could be the problem. Dirty ducts blow air filled with dust, dirt, and allergens through your home, making it harder to breathe. Worse still, your ducts could be developing this layer of grime due to improper ventilation. Clean ducts will not have dirt or allergens to move through your house, allowing you to breathe easier.
Electricity Bill is Rising
Again, if you are on top of your air filter maintenance but that electricity bill is slowly creeping up, something is wrong. If you can’t attribute the increased cost of a change in rates or other new electrical equipment in the house, it could be an indication that your ac is not running efficiently. Inefficiency in air conditioners can be related to the system not functioning correctly, like when the ducts are dirty and not allowing air to flow as it should. A rising electricity bill shouldn’t be the main reason you call for duct cleaning, but if you notice it in correlation with other symptoms, contact a professional.
Mold & Mildew Growth
If you see signs of mold or mildew around your air conditioning vents, call an HVAC tech as soon as possible. Mold and mildew should not be growing in your air conditioning system – this is a sign that something is very wrong. Plus, mold and mildew can be hazardous to your health and needs to be removed before it becomes a significant problem.
You’ve Had Unwelcomed “Friends” in Your Ducts
Have you heard the scurrying of little feet in your ductwork? Maybe you have seen roaches or other insects coming from the vents. Either way, if you have unwelcomed pests living in your ducts, it is time for a cleaning. These critters can produce urine, feces, and dander that is unhealthy for you to breathe, and your air conditioner ends up blowing that stuff throughout your home. This is another situation that needs to be cleared up ASAP.
Duct cleaning starts with a full inspection of your HVAC system to identify any problem areas. Our technicians will then determine the best course of action for cleaning your ductwork. We often use a tool called the Air Scrubber – paired with our Roto Brush these two will have your ducts sparkling in no time.