Signs Your Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned
Air ducts are “out of sight, out of mind” features and responsibilities of homeownership. Like plumbing and electrical wiring, the metal conduits that keep your house well ventilated are built into the walls and flooring. Your HVAC system has filters to catch contaminants such as dust and dirt, but they’re never 100% effective. A certain amount of debris will begin to collect in the ductwork and eventually get circulated indoors.
Green Home Air professionals recommend that your HVAC system be cleaned and serviced every six months. However, environmental factors may cause the air ducts to need more frequent cleaning. You’ll need to keep a watchful eye for signs that it’s time to have your air ducts cleaned. Here are three key symptoms to look for:
1. Dust returns soon after cleaning
You may not be doing the dusting at home, but it will be hard to ignore a persistent layer of dust on flat surfaces. It takes a while for notable dust to accumulate, and most homes should be dusted once a week. You can conduct a little experiment by dusting one small area and checking the next day. If there’s a coating of dust, your air ducts need to be cleaned. Then inspect the supply and return vents throughout your home. If you see dust or grime around the edges or on the grating, it’s time to call a professional.
2. Higher utility bills
The cost of heating and cooling your home shouldn’t vary wildly from season to season. If you receive a utility bill that’s significantly higher than what you’ve typically paid for the time of year, your air ducts might be the culprit. A build-up of dust and debris will make it harder for your HVAC system to circulate the air. This obviously leads to greater energy consumption and higher bills. Once the airflow has been cleared of obstructions, your system won’t have to work as hard and your utility bill should return to normal.
3. Renovations or construction projects at home or nearby
All construction projects are inherently messy, and construction dust is notoriously nasty and invasive. If your home has recently undergone renovations or someone is building a new structure nearby, dust and debris will be everywhere. For home renovations, your HVAC system needs to be covered and completely turned off. Once the project is finished, you’ll want to have it serviced. For nearby construction projects, there’s not much you can do except watch for the signs listed above.
Call Green Home Air
Air ducts need to be cleaned by certified professionals. This is due to, their industrial-grade vacuums and specialized brushes to remove the debris. It’s not a job for the do-it-yourself enthusiast or weekend warrior handyman. Green Home Air technicians take pride in what we do and our professionals are also rained to spot other issues that may need immediate attention.
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