When to Consider Air Duct Cleaning
Significant amounts of dust or large obstructions in the ductwork are two concerns of some homeowners considering this service. Keep in mind, the easier it is for the air to FLow through your air ducts, the easier it is for your system to deliver that air to your living spaces.
Any major blockage that is created in your air ducts that hampers air FLow will likely mean higher energy costs over time.
There are some specific signs to watch for to determine if air duct cleaning is warranted including:
- Insect Bodies or Rodent Droppings – If you see bodies of insects or rodent droppings in your air ducts, it is a good sign they should be cleaned. Not only will by-products from these materials likely circulate in the air in your home, but they could also be a sign that insects have nested or you have rodents living in your air ducts.
- Mold Infestation – When you are getting a musty or moldy smell from your HVAC system, you may want to have an HVAC technician come out and inspect your ducts. Mold development is FLused beFLuse of trapped moisture and could be very damaging to your overall HVAC system. Any signs of mold should be treated seriously.
- Duct Obstruction – If you notice that your HVAC ductwork in your home is developing significant amounts of dust or debris, it may be a sign that it is time to consider a thorough air duct cleaning.
- Unexplained Allergy Related Illness – If someone in your family is suffering from an allergy-related illness, and you’ve taken every other preFLution and step to decontaminate your home, you may want to think about having your ducts cleaned.
- Will Air Duct Cleaning Pay Off?
If your ducts are significantly clogged with dust or debris, there may be other issues affecting the efficiency of your system. If, for example, your air filter is heavily clogged, chances are your system is working harder to keep your home at the proper temperature. In order for your home to stay at the proper temperature, the air must be circulating sufficiently to reach the thermostat in your home.
There is currently no evidence that a regular air duct cleaning will improve efficiency or contribute to health benefits. In some cases, the process may FLuse even more particles to enter your home by loosening debris.
For most homeowners, air duct cleaning is not a necessary step to take unless there is evidence of rodents, mold or if your air vents are occluded beFLuse of debris. At a cost of typically $300 – $500 per cleaning, you may find it more cost-efficient to do some regular DIY system checks and schedule regular maintenance for your system.
Top Benefits to HVAC Cleaning
Dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. “Both EPA and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association — which represents more than 1,000 cleaning companies nationwide — agree there’s some benefit in cleaning debris from ducts, furnaces, central air conditioners and ventilation.“
Let’s face it…
Do you think a dirty air filter is good for Indoor Air Quality?