6 Signs Your Ductwork Needs Cleaning

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  • Dirty Vents and Grills
  • Mold
  • Dust in the Home
  • Clogged Filters
  • Pest Infestation
  • HVAC Repairs Needed

Many homeowners neglect to address issues they may be having with their HVAC system. Life can get pretty hectic at times. Unfortunately, if you leave your dirty air ducts alone and don’t have them cleaned, this can lead to very unhealthy indoor air. Not to mention you can harm your furnace because of neglect. Think about all the different things you could be breathing in from dirty air ducts.

Dust, mold spores, pet dander, pollen and other allergens are all common in the majority of homes in the U.S. When you have all of these particles present your furnace may have to work harder to function. If you aren’t sure that your ducts need to be cleaned there are some pretty common signs that you can look out for.

1. Dirty Vents and Grills

Cleaning dirty Vent

If you notice that the air intake in your home is very dusty from the outside, this usually is an indication that the rest of your ducts are dirty as well. Similarly, the grills that are situated throughout your home will have dust or particles on them as well. It is important to clean these vents off but you should also have your ducts inspected to see if they are just as dirty.

2. Mold

Pipe Mold

Mold can be very dangerous to your health. If you are someone who suffers from things like allergies or asthma you want to make sure your home is free of mold. Mold begins from a source of moisture. If the humidity is too high in your home this can lead to mold growth in your ducts. Be sure to have this mold removed and prevent further mold growth from occurring by having a ductwork cleaning performed.

3. Clogged Air Filters

Air filter cleaning

An average air filter will need to be changed every thirty to ninety days. This time frame depends on the type of filter that you are using. When you pull the filter out there shouldn’t be big clumps of dust or dirt. If there is, this can mean that you have other particulates inside of your ducts that were not removed properly by your filter.

4. Dust in the Home

You may need your ductwork cleaned if you notice surfaces in your home are getting dustier than normal. Your ductwork might be overloaded with particles if you notice your home is very dusty just a couple of days after cleaning. Your filter can also play a big part in how many particles are trapped. You can look at your filter to see if it is doing its job, but if there isn’t any immediate concerns that you are worried about then you should contact a professional.

5. Pest Infestation

Pest Infestation

Nobody wants pests in their home. Mice, fleas, ants, rats and many more pests can really leave behind a big mess in your vents. Sometimes they crawl into your ducts by way of gaps and cracks that should be repaired. They can defecate in your vents and then this gets passed into the air that you are breathing in your home. The thought of this is pretty gross. Touch base with a professional to see if a ductwork cleaning is beneficial in your home.

6. HVAC Repairs Needed

HVAC Repair

When your HVAC system is in need of repair this can lead to your ductwork becoming very dirty. Even after the repairs are done, these particles remain in your ducts. When you don’t have an efficient furnace you will notice clogged exchangers. Poor circulation will only make the problem worse and cause your ducts to become even more caked up with grime.

If you are thinking about having your ductwork cleaned in the near future, you can contact Climate Experts for a free estimate. Not only will this cleaning improve your indoor air quality but it will also lengthen the lifespan of your equipment.

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Hi, I'm Bryan! I'm the guy who writes most of the home improvement tutorials in Step By Step House. If you have any questions about what I've written, just contact me and I'll get back to you. Thanks!

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