How To Know When Your Ducts Need Cleaned?
Duct cleaning isn’t always a part or regular maintenance. In fact, can you remember the last time you even had it done? Ducts don’t usually need cleaning often, but when they do it is recommended to hire a professional. Not only will they perform a more thorough duct cleaning but they are less likely to damage your ducts while doing so. So, how do you know if or when it is time to have your ducts cleaned? Well there are a few signs you can check for before calling an HVAC technician for the job.
You’ve noticed reduced energy efficiency. Has your energy bill gone up but the season hasn’t changed and the outdoor temperature has been consistent from last month? It is possible that your ductwork needs to be cleaned out. Buildup of debris, dirt, or even pet hair can cause the air flow to slow through the ducts. Even a small change in airflow can cause a noticeable difference in energy use. This could also indicate a very dirty filter or, worse, a tear or hole in your ductwork. If your air is escaping, your system has to work that much harder to replace that cooled air and maintain proper airflow. Before calling your HVAC technician, however, first check your air filter to see if it needs replacing.
You’ve noticed the air isn’t as clean as it usually is. When the light it’s the air just right do you notice dust floating around? Do you find yourself having to dust the tops of fan blades and bookshelves more often? The high presence of dust can indicate that your air conditioning system is not cleaning your air as it should. Dirty air filters and build up in your duct work are the most common causes. Check your air filter and replace as needed. If the amount of dust in your home doesn’t lessen, have an HVAC technician investigate the cause of your poor indoor air quality.
Pests seem to be coming into your home and you don’t know how. You’ve sprayed for bugs and even bug-bombed the house but they still seem to be coming it. If you are unable to find a source, such as a window or doorway, the pests may be entering through your ductwork. Bugs can get in through the smallest gaps and holes and if they get into your duct work, they can travel throughout your whole home.
If you have eliminated other possible causes, such as dirty air filters, to the noticeable changes in your air conditioning system, then contact a skilled and experience HVAC technician take a look at your system and fix your issue.