Whether it’s hot or cold outside, your HVAC ducts are one of the most important systems in your home. These ducts carry fresh air into every room and regulates the indoor temperature. A clogged HVAC system can make it harder to keep your home at the temperature you desire. Dirty ducting can also increase energy bills and circulate allergens and debris that diminishes your indoor air quality. Here are five signs it’s time for HVAC duct cleaning services.
1. Visible Dust
The average household accumulates 40 pounds of dust per year, which easily makes its way into the ductwork. As a result, dust can cause clogs and blow dust into rooms and onto furniture. If your home accumulates dust quickly after cleaning, this may be a sign that your ducts are clogged. You may also see dust accumulating on registers or even puffing out in a cloud when the HVAC system kicks on.
Dryer Ducks can check your duct system with an HD video camera, giving you a live look at what is inside. Then, we use an agitation cleaning method and HEPA filtered vacuums to thoroughly clean each vent, return, and duct. This process ensures that all harmful particulates are captured and removed from your home.
2. Clogged Air Filters
The air filter in your HVAC system should be changed roughly every three months. This filter captures dust, pet dander, pollen, and other particles that you don’t want to breathe and prevents them from getting dispersed by your air conditioner or heater. If your filter gets clogged and requires a change sooner than every three months, it’s a sure sign that your ducts need to be cleaned.
3. Irregular Air Flow
Clogged ductwork prevents air from flowing through the system as intended, resulting in rooms with noticeable differences in temperature. If you notice a room with great variance in temperature or vents with weak airflow coming through them, this could indicate a blockage. These blockages can result in your A/C or heater needing to run constantly.
4. Signs of Mold or Mildew
If you notice an unpleasant, musty odor emanating from your HVAC system, you may have mold or mildew in the ductwork. If you inspect your vent covers or A/C unit with a flashlight, you might even see discoloration or buildups of mold and mildew.
Mold poses serious health risk. Due to this fact, make sure your HVAC ducts are cleaned as soon as you notice these signs. Dryer Ducks can advise you on a variety of odor control and disinfectant spray methods. We also offer bathroom vent cleaning and are equipped to deal with other contaminants by applying hospital-grade disinfectants.
5. It’s Time for Routine Cleaning
In conclusion, to keep your air quality high and your system running efficiently, you should have HVAC duct cleaning performed every two to four years. It is also wise to clean your ducts after events such as pest infestations or construction work. These events can fill your ductwork with unhealthy particulates.
We proudly serve Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, providing a variety of cleaning services for air duct systems, dryer ducts, and gutters. Call Dryer Ducks today for your free inspection and price quote!