As clean as Monmouth County is, no home is immune to dust, mold spores and other air contaminants. Because those contaminants can find their way into your air ducts, there are certain times when professional duct cleaning is necessary to protect your indoor air quality.
You’re dusting all the time – If your furniture seems to get dusty again a few days after you clean, the problem could be caused by dirty air ducts. Dust buildup in your ducts can break loose and start circulating through your home. Remove a register cover and take a look inside the duct. A layer of dust on the duct walls means your ductwork is due for a cleaning.
You spot signs of pests – Cockroaches, mice, and other pests often take up residence in home ductwork. Check the accessible parts of your ducts for droppings, rodent hair, dead insects and nests. Particles of this debris can end up in your home’s air, putting your health at risk. Finding pest debris is a good reason to schedule a duct inspection. Your technician can tell you whether or not you’ll need an exterminator before professional duct cleaning.
You find mold or moisture – Splotches of discoloration, typically white or brownish, inside your ducts are likely to be mold. Condensation or other moisture inside the ducts also suggests the presence of mold. Mold produces tiny spores that not only worsen asthma and allergy symptoms, but can also harm the respiratory system of otherwise healthy people. When the mold is in your ducts, the passing air picks up these spores and carries them all over your house.
With proper air filtration, ducts can stay clean for many years. Nonetheless, it’s a good idea to have yours inspected every five years to head off any problems that do develop. After home remodeling is another good time for a duct inspection because work on your house can leave sawdust, carpet fibers, and other debris in the ducts.
For more information on professional duct cleaning, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
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).
Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Kichigin/Shutterstock”