The ducts that make up your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system work to keep the air flowing through your home when your machine is running. Because they are blowing into your living spaces, your indoor air quality is impacted by the cleanliness of the lines. Therefore, it is important to have your air ducts cleaned regularly.
Whether you use your HVAC system frequently or rarely, contaminants can still build up in the vents.
Without proper cleaning, your air ducts could be filled with:
- Pet and rodent hair
- Rodent droppings
Benefits of Having Ducts Cleaned
When your HVAC system is on and working to get your home to a specific temperature, the air ducts could also be releasing the above-mentioned pollutants into the rooms. If you and your family are constantly exposed to the contaminants, you could develop health conditions, such as respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Clear ducts can prevent those susceptible to illness – such as younger children and older adults – from suffering from ailments.
Having your air ducts cleaned could not only improve your indoor air quality, but it can also increase the efficiency of your system. When the unit and its components are clogged by dust and other debris, they have to work harder to get your house warm or cool. Because your HVAC system accounts for nearly 40% of your energy costs, when it's struggling to regulate the temperature, you’ll notice a significant bump in your bill.
Hiring a Professional
Although you might be aware that debris can be floating around your house because of dirty ductwork, getting to the lines is not always easy: Air ducts are usually hidden behind walls or ceilings. Making sure they are thoroughly cleaned requires to use of specialized tools and methods.
Because ducts are in hard-to-reach places, and ensuring they are clear of debris is essential, it’s a good idea to call a professional to have them cleaned.
The technician will assess your system and perform service on the various components of your unit, including:
- Supply and return air ducts and registers
- Grilles and diffusers
- Heating coils
- Drip pans
- Fan motor and housing
- Air handling unit
Cleaning techniques include using specific brushes, scrubbers, and vacuums to dislodge and remove contaminants. Some circumstances might call for the use of chemical cleaners to kill bacteria and prevent mold growth.
When It’s Time for a Duct Cleaning
Although you might not be able to see inside your air ducts and determine if they need to be cleaned, there are signs that suggest service is in order.
You may want to consider having your air ducts cleaned if:
- You or your family experience headaches or suffer from allergies more often
- Dust builds up on your interior surfaces quickly
- Your system has dirt build up on or around it
- You can hear or see vermin living inside the system
- Your air smells stale or has a strange odor
Schedule a Service with Daycool Heating & Air
If your HVAC system is blowing out poor-quality air or your family is suffering from nasal congestion or respiratory problems, you might need to contact a professional to have your ducts cleaned. At Daycool Heating & Air, we are proud to offer residents of Mobile and surrounding areas with top-notch solutions to help improve their indoor air quality.
Find out more about our air duct cleaning service by calling us at (251) 260-3858 or contacting us online.