Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s about time for some spring cleaning! Once you come up with your list of things to be cleaned, you should consider what items on that list should be done by professionals and what you can do yourself. Not only will that give you fewer things to clean, but it will also ensure that the areas that you decide need to be cleaned by professionals will be cleaned to the highest potential they can.
When it comes to the quality of air in your home, one of the things on your list to clean should be your air ducts. Here are a few reasons it is important to practice regular air duct cleaning in your home.
Overall Health Benefits
Simply put, better air quality leads to overall better health. You may not realize it, but your air ducts can be one of the main sources of some smaller health problems you may be having. Things like mold, dust and other nasty particles can gather in your air ducts which could possibly lead to health issues such as respiratory issues, sore throat, allergies, fatigue and more. In the grand scheme of things, dirty air ducts can’t cause any major health problems, but they should still be cleaned for small health problems.
Anyone who owns a home knows that the electric bill can sometimes be one of the biggest bills one has to pay. Cleaning out your air ducts and therefore allowing the most amount of clean air to come out of them improves your airflow efficiency. According to a study done by NADCA, it was found that homeowners can potentially see up to 11% of savings on their heating and cooling costs by cleaning their systems.
It’s best not to wait until it’s too late to do some air duct cleaning, but you may find yourself asking: “how do I know when I need to clean my air ducts?” It’s important to keep an eye on the areas of your home that are connected to your air ducts because a lot of the problems that it presents can be avoided from the beginning. Here are a few giveaways that it’s time to clean your air ducts.
Dusting is one of the main elements of spring cleaning, but if you still see the dust settling on your surfaces after putting away the cleaning supplies, it’s time to call on the duct cleaning services! If you take a look at the air supply and return vents in your house and see dust collecting around them, that is a clear indicator that your air ducts are still needing to be cleaned.
Mold is one of the quickest spreading problems that can come from your air vents. The changes in the temperature in your air vents can cause condensation which then leads to the growth of mold. The unfortunate thing about the areas of your air ducts that can potentially acquire mold is that they are typically pretty hard areas to access. If your air ducts start to grow mold, you’d have to call a professional air duct cleaning technician that would be able to help identify and get rid of any issues.
Rising Energy Costs
If you begin to notice that your electricity bills are higher than normal, but you know that you haven’t changed the way you usually use your AC, it’s time to consider cleaning your air ducts. Your air ducts can actually get so clogged that it blocks any air from coming out into your home. The accumulation of dirt and debris isn’t the only thing that could be a problem- any kind of leak that you might have in your ducts could also potentially cause problems that lead to higher energy costs.
You deserve a healthy living environment, and that starts with clean air! We specialize in duct cleaning services, as well as duct replacement and duct sealing, here at Mendez Air Conditioning and Heating. Give us a call for a quote or to answer any questions you may have regarding your ductwork and cleaning. New or old ducts, we are here to help you breathe easier and help your HVAC work more efficiently for you!