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Air Duct Spring Cleaning – What You Should Know

With the end of winter fast approaching, many homeowners begin spring cleaning around their homes. However, most people are so concerned about tidying up and getting rid of all the dirt in their homes that they often overlook their air ducts. This is unfortunate because your air ducts are where most of the dust circulating in your home is collected. Worse, the presence of moisture from last winter may have turned them into ideal environments for the growth of mold and mildew. These can have hazardous effects when released into your home, leading to indoor air pollution and increased allergy symptoms.

 

That’s why it’s important to make professional duct cleaning part and parcel of your spring cleaning routine! Below are the benefits you can expect.

Benefits of Spring Duct Cleaning

These are some of the advantages of having your HVAC air ducts cleaned this spring:

  1. Improved Indoor Air Quality

Spring can be difficult for members of your household who suffer from seasonal allergies. They can opt to remain inside with all the windows closed, but that’s not a guaranteed way to avoid pollen and other allergens. After all, it is common for these triggers to accumulate inside ductwork, only to be recirculated indoors. Having your ducts cleaned will prevent this from happening.

  1. Lower Energy Bills

When your air conditioner is turned on, cold air flows through your duct system to get to the areas it needs. Ducts that are clogged with dust and debris, however, will force your HVAC system to use more energy to circulate this cold air. Because dirty ducts require more effort to cool your home, your energy use increases, and your bills do too. Spring air duct cleanings keep your system efficient and your summer energy bills low.

Lower energy bills
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  1. Prevents the Development of Mold and Mildew

Your ductwork accumulates dust and all kinds of dirt all year round, with the worst being the winter months, when people are often indoors. Once spring comes, dust and debris inside your ductwork can collect moisture, triggering mold growth. Needless to say, mold carries a variety of health risks. If you want to avoid the health risks associated with mold, make sure your air ducts are cleaned this spring.

  1. Eliminates Bad Odors

Aside from avoiding the growth of mold and mildew, getting your air ducts cleaned will also eliminate bad odors. In addition to bacteria, dust and other particles attract dust mites, spiders, insects, and vermin. All these things can produce a terrible smell in your home that is difficult to locate. An HVAC repair specialist will know how to inspect your air ducts for debris and unwanted pests that could be degrading your indoor air quality.

  1. Increases your HVAC’s Lifespan

In addition to saving money over time, having your HVAC system and air ducts professionally cleaned will help prevent blockages in the future.

Don’t wait until an issue arises. Remember: air duct or HVAC replacement can be costly and time-consuming, with a lot of downtime in between. By cleaning out your air ducts during spring, you can avoid overworking your system, increase its lifespan, and save time and money.

Signs You Need Your Air Ducts Cleaned

You may wonder if there are any clear signs that you need to have your air ducts cleaned. Here are some signs to look for.

  1. Dirty Vent Covers

If you want to know whether you’re due for a duct cleaning, the presence of dust or dirt in and around your vents is the first thing to look for. Examine your vent covers closely this spring. If there is significant dirt or debris buildup, your ductwork may be blocked or contaminated.

Cleaning dirty air vents help remove bad odors

  1. Clogged Air Filters

Generally, you should replace your air filters every 90 to 60 days. Of course, you may need to do this more frequently if a family member has allergies. The job of your air filter is to prevent dirt and other contaminants from circulating throughout your home. If you can’t recall the last time you changed your air filter, your ducts are probably due for a change before the buildup occurs.

  1. Spikes in Energy Bill

A high energy bill that’s not caused by an increase in energy consumption may indicate that your air ducts (or HVAC system) is dirty and is operating at reduced efficiency. By cleaning your ducts and repairing leaks, your HVAC system will use less energy and be more cost-effective.

 

  1. Your Home was Just Renovated

During and after any construction project, dust and debris will be created. Despite contractors’ best efforts, dust and debris will always find their way into your ductwork. Needless to say, the build-up of dust, dirt, and construction materials inside your ducts can cause problems, some of which we discussed above. That’s why it’s best to get everything under control by scheduling a duct cleaning after any construction or renovation project.

  1. Strange Sounds From Your Air Ducts

Aside from the faint hum of the motor running, there shouldn’t be too much noise coming from your HVAC system. If you hear any whistling, pops, bangs, or other unusual noises, you may have an issue. It could be a blocked duct that’s causing the problem, or worse, unwelcome vermin. If it sounds strange or unusual, schedule a duct cleaning right away.

  1. Weak Air Flow

If one of the rooms in your house is always colder than the rest, this indicates a buildup in the ducts that needs to be addressed. As a first step, check that all of your vents are open. If they are and you still see a significant temperature difference between rooms, you may need to have your ducts cleaned. This will help to remove any buildup that could be hindering airflow.

Need Air Duct Cleaning This Spring?

With a vacuum and a few scrub brushes, you can clean your air ducts yourself. Nevertheless, if you notice any of the signs we discussed above, you should hire an expert. After all, duct cleaning can be a complex process that needs specialized equipment and HVAC knowledge. Indeed, the HVAC technicians at Duct Dusters of GA use high-powered vacuums and brushes to thoroughly clean HVAC systems. Not only that, but they also have the experience and expertise to help you keep your home clean and safe.

So, if you need your air ducts or HVAC system cleaned this spring, call us to schedule an appointment.