How do you know if your air duct system needs to be cleaned? Many people who move in to newly renovated or new construction homes may think there air duct system is clean. However, your home inspector will acknowledge that there will be plenty of dust and debris left in your system from the construction. If you have lived in your house and can’t remember when the last time your air ducts were inspected and clean, you too may find that it’s time to have your air ducts cleaned.
By having your air duct system cleaned you remove the dust particles, pollen, dirt and debris that circulate throughout your homes heating & cooling system. These particles, dust and debris may also keep your heating and cooling system from running efficiently. They also decrease the quality of the air in your home and contribute to allergies. Over 60 million people in North America suffer from some form of allergy, with children and the elderly being most affected by respiratory problems.
Many forms of mold, mildew and other bacteria can easily form in the dirt and dusty pollutants that are found within the air ducts of your ventilation system. Some indications that you may have a problem with your air duct system can include:
- The air return grilles in your walls have a black fuzz of dust along the vanes
- A layer of dust returns a few hours after you’ve dusted your home thoroughly
- The filters in your air system have black dust on them
- Dry and stuffy air throughout your home or office
- Higher than normal utility bills due to poor heated air transfer
- Heat registers on the floor have dirt and dust in them
- Sneezing more frequently, especially after air starts to flow
- More frequent cases of attacks in anyone with asthma in your home or office
Getting the air ducts cleaned if you are purchasing a new home is also recommended. You can arrange this service at the same time that you get either the furnace or air conditioner’s yearly maintenance. This will help insure that all systems will run at their optimum, that you have improved indoor air quality and that you don’t run into any unexpected problems down the line.
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