Your home’s ductwork is responsible for distributing heated or cooled air throughout your living space. Over time, contaminants such as dirt, animal droppings, mold and other debris can accumulate inside your ducts. Unfortunately, when this happens, it can cause a number of problems including poor indoor air quality and excessive dust. Although duct cleaning is not typically a part of routine maintenance, there are certain situations that warrant calling in a professional to clean and inspect your duct system.
Three signs to watch for that could indicate dirty ductwork include:
- Excessive dust. If you notice dust coming out of your registers, or you can see areas where dust has accumulated inside your ductwork, it may be time to consider duct cleaning.
- Signs of rodents, reptiles or insects. Vermin such as snakes, rodents and insects sometimes take up residence in ductwork. If you notice signs of pest activity, you may need to have your ducts cleaned to remove the droppings, nests and other waste products that these creatures leave behind. (Make sure you have the pests removed prior to cleaning.)
- Visible mold. If you perform a visual inspection and can see mold growing inside your ducts, it is important to call in a professional to evaluate the situation. Remember, however, that duct cleaning alone won’t prevent the mold from growing back. To eliminate the mold for good, you also need to address the underlying problem that caused it to grow in the first place.
If you do decide to have your ducts cleaned, keep in mind that ductwork can be easily damaged. The last thing you want is to be left facing costly repairs. To avoid this problem, always ask for references before hiring a company for the job. If you live in the Fort Worth/Arlington area and would like to learn more about the benefits of duct cleaning, contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning Company, Inc.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about duct cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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