Brace yourselves, because we’re about to get dirty.
Your HVAC system heats and cools your home for you, so you don’t have to think about it—which is great. You wouldn’t want to expend a ton of mental energy every time you change the temperature of your home. However, because your HVAC system doesn’t live in the forefront of your mind unless it breaks, you’re probably not cleaning it as often as you should. Many people are suffering from dirty air ducts. Don’t be that person.
Have you noticed a collection of lint or dark spots congregating around the edges of your carpeting? This is a big warning sign that your forced air furnace is simply acting as a recirculation system for dirty, dusty air that lives within the ductwork of your home. Perimeter buildup on the floor and corners of your ceilings, and especially around your registers, is a good indication that it’s time to get your ductwork cleaned out.
Leave It To The Pros
Cleaning your air ducts is a job best left to the professionals. First, it requires specialized equipment. From video cameras, to truck powered vacuum equipment and more, your dirty ductworks needs more than just a broom to get clean. Professional equipment ensures that the dirt and dust in your air ducts get broken up and taken away, leaving your air clean and dirt-free.
Hiring a professional, like those at Elite Comfort Home and Commercial Services, who are equipped with various methods of addressing the buildup will ensure you’ll get a quality cleaning that is done right the first time.
Sometimes dust isn’t the only issue. In ducts with particularly heavy buildup, mold also poses a threat. With a health hazard such as mold, you don’t want to take shortcuts. Your entire system—from motor to register outlet—must be cleaned thoroughly.
When to Get Your Ducts Cleaned
Don’t worry, duct cleaning isn’t something that needs to be added to your yearly furnace maintenance. Often times, many people go decades without ever having an issue with dirty ducts. There are only a few scenarios that dictate when your ductwork should be cleaned:
- If your home was recently built or is in a neighborhood with new home construction
- If you recently remolded one or more rooms in your home
- If someone in your house is highly sensitive to dust
- If you have a lot of pets
- If you burn a lot of candles so the soot has begun to buildup in your home
- If you’ve noticed signs of pest and rodent infestation
- If your home was built between the 40s-60s using clay tile
If you believe you’re experiencing health issues due to dust, the first step is to confirm with your doctor or allergist that dust is what is causing your problems. If it is, you can have a specialist, like the ones at Elite Comfort Home and Commercial Services, inspect your air ducts to see if your buildup is significant. They can also run an indoor air quality test.