Is it time to clean your air ducts? Your HVAC system circulates over 1,000 cubic feet of air per minute through your home. Whatever’s in the air can get in your ducts, and the converse is true as well. An accumulation of dust, dirt and other undesirable substances in ductwork can inevitably impact breathing air and trigger allergies and other symptoms.
If you’re wondering what’s going on inside those dark, hidden passages, read on to learn more about when you should clean your air ducts.
- Hanging dust clouds, cobwebs and other debris. This will usually be most evident when your system first cycles “on.”
- Visual evidence of mold growth. Not many spans of residential ductwork are accessible to visual examination by the average homeowner. However, if you notice suspicious organic growth, it should be tested to confirm what type of mold you have.
- Signs of infestation by rodents or insects. These might take the form of droppings, nests, bee hives, etc.
- Moisture, past or present. Moisture inside ductwork can spawn mold and bacteria, as well as corrosion and duct leaks. Water may infiltrate ducts through roof leaks, condensation overflow from your A/C unit or simply high humidity levels inside your home.
If your suspicions grow, contact a local established HVAC contractor for a complete duct inspection. A qualified technician can utilize access ports, disconnect duct joints and use specialized tools to thoroughly inspect the entire span of your ductwork. If the need to clean your air ducts is verified, your contractor will suggest several duct cleaning options.
Performing a cleaning procedure is also an excellent opportunity to complete leak-testing and duct sealing as well. These measures not only keep ducts cleaner longer, they also increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs.
For more advice on when to clean your air ducts and how to get it done, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. in Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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