When is it time for air duct cleaning?
It’s pretty rare that homeowners give any thought to their air ducts. If you are one that pays attention to them, more power to you. Though, the majority of homeowners will benefit from knowing air duct cleaning should be done at least once every five years. That is the general rule of thumb throughout the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) industry.
Once in five years is rather broad. Depending on the quality of your Corsicana, TX home and the health of its inhabitants, the timeline could narrow.
Signs that your air ducts need to be cleaned
-If you or any other members of your home smoke then you’ll likely need to have your air ducts cleaned more frequently. A smoke smell can develop in the air ducts; suddenly, the smell becomes permanent because it keeps getting filtered back into the home. Not to mention, constantly breathing in smoke is bad for your health.
-An inordinate dust buildup in your home is another sign. If you notice layers of dust forming no matter how much you mop or vacuum, the likely solution is to have the air ducts cleaned and/or the air filter replaced. Without a doubt, something has gone wrong with the airflow, so you’ll want to call an HVAC expert to come inspect all parts of the system – this includes the air ducts.
–Pets can certainly contribute to a clogged air duct—at least ones that shed. For you dog lovers out there, all of that pet hair can make its way into the airflow system and potentially cause insufficiency in cooling or heating your home.
-In general, it’s courteous to clean air ducts more frequently if any members of the home suffer from asthma. Obviously, clean air prevents asthma attacks. As created cool or warm air travels through the air ducts, it is essential that the air does not pick up any dust or debris as it makes its way to your living space. Issues with asthma are a clear indication for a needed air duct cleaning.
Reach out to an HVAC expert for thorough air duct cleaning
If you notice any of the above signs or if you are nearing that five-year mark, it’s time to contact an HVAC expert. Experts should inspect all integral parts of the HVAC unit. They will examine air ducts for mold and mildew build up. They will also look for potential leaks. A leak in an air duct can be very problematic, possibly creating a space for vermin to sneak through.
In addition, professional technicians carry the proper tools to make air duct cleaning quick and easy. Rather than trying to clean them on your own, it would be wise to spend the reasonable price once every few years to have them professionally cleaned. Professionals will make air ducts squeaky clean, improving the health of your Corsicana, TX home and saving you from increased utility costs.
Area Wide Services offers both preventative maintenance and home and duct performance testing. Ultimately, our services will keep your HVAC units in prime condition. However, it’s on you to call us first! You can schedule services through our website—www.areawideservices.com. Please check out our blog to gain additional HVAC related knowledge, and to adopt improved HVAC habits.