Your home’s air ducts affect not only the energy efficiency and longevity of your heating and cooling system, but they also affect your health. As tidy as your home may be, your ducts can still develop debris buildup that requires professional removal.
The Problem with Dirty Ducts
Forgetting to change your HVAC air filters and clean your registers can allow dust to accumulated in your ducts. Undetected water leaks and excess humidity gives mold a chance to form. Pests such as mice and ants can leave behind droppings, nests, dead insects, and other waste.
Buildup like this interferes with airflow. This forces your furnace and air conditioner to work harder and use more energy, raising your bills. The increased workload also causes excess component wear, raising the risk of early break down.
Worse yet, this debris can break loose and circulate through your home’s air, potentially increasing asthma and allergy symptoms as well as other symptoms of poor indoor air quality, such as coughing and sneezing, sinus congestion, and headaches.
With clean air ducts, you’ll enjoy:
- Improved HVAC system energy efficiency
- Longer system lifespan
- Better indoor air quality
When to Have Your Ducts Cleaned
While ducts can remain clean for years, problems can arise at any time, so you still need to keep tabs on yours. Once a year, check the accessible parts of your ducts for dust buildup, patches of discoloration that suggest mold growth, and signs of pest infestation. If you see any of these, contact an HVAC technician to schedule an inspection.
Ideally, have the air ducts inspected soon after you move into a home. Ducts should also be professionally inspected after home remodeling, which can send sawdust, carpet fibers, and other debris into the ducts. It’s a good idea to have the ducts inspected at least once every five years. If you don’t know when your last duct inspection was, now is a good time to schedule one.
For air duct inspection and cleaning services you can rely on, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing in the Indianapolis area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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