Duct cleaning: a box that should be checked every 3-5 years on your home maintenance checklist. Not only does this preventative maintenance keep your AC system working efficiently, but it also increases your indoor air quality. Below are four signs it’s time to clean your ducts.
Increase in dust, dirt and debris
If you notice you can’t seem to keep your house dust-free, even after you’ve just cleaned, it may be time to have your ducts cleaned. Air ducts push air through your home into every room. If they become blocked or partially blocked by dust, dirt and debris, you may see dust accumulating faster than usual.
Insect sighting or droppings
Although you don’t need to clean your ducts every year, it’s important to check your ducts every few months. If you notice insects or insect droppings inside your ducts, it’s definitely time for a duct cleaning. Debris from insects can damage your system and reduce the air quality in your home.
Spike in energy bill
When your AC system isn’t working properly, it can cause an increase in your energy bill. If the spike isn’t due to a mechanical problem with the system, there could be a blockage or leak in the air ducts. Blocked ducts force your system to work harder, as do leaks, because the air isn’t making it out into your home. Air seals can deteriorate over time, causing leaks in the ductwork. The good news is these blocks or leaks can be repaired by a professional.
Respiratory problems or visible mold growth
If you or others in your household are having respiratory problems, such as allergies or sinus infections, duct cleaning may solve the problem. Air cycles through the ducts into your home all day and night. If the air coming out of them is contaminated with excessive dirt and debris, it could cause these problems. Also, when it is humid in your home, mold can grow easily. If you notice mold growth around your ducts, it’s time to get them cleaned ASAP.
Mendez Air Conditioning and Heating offers duct cleaning services using special tools and brushes to clean the supply, intake and return ducts in your home. Schedule an appointment today!