When it comes to keeping a clean house and maintaining healthy indoor air quality, keeping ductwork clean is one of the most important (and effective!) things you can do. But it’s not always obvious when your ducts are due for a thorough cleaning.

If, like many homeowners, you don’t often consider the state of your ductwork, there’s a good chance your HVAC system is in desperate need of a scouring. But you may not recognize the need for it until your health takes a turn for the worse. Curious about which sneaky signs typically indicate the need for duct cleaning? The experts at Dust Doctors have the details below.

You’re Constantly Dusting

Do you feel like you dust all the time, but no matter what you do, the dust returns with a vengeance? A constantly dusty home is a telltale sign of dirty ductwork, so if you’re dealing with this issue, you should have your HVAC system inspected at the very least.

Your HVAC system continually re-circulates the air inside your home, so if your ducts are packed with dust and debris, they’ll push out tiny particles each time your system turns on. That particulate matter flows into your home through your vents and ultimately settles on multiple surfaces throughout your home.

You Experience Unexplained Allergy-Like Symptoms

If you’re sneezing, coughing, or dealing with red, itchy eyes inside your house (and you don’t have seasonal allergies or a cold), chances are your air ducts are to blame. Without regular cleaning, ducts can harbor a wide variety of particles that trigger mysterious, allergy-like symptoms, including:

●        Dust mites, their carcasses, and their fecal matter

●        Pollen and other outdoor allergens

●        Hair and dander, from both humans and pets

●        Mold and mildew

●        Volatile organic compounds and other potentially harmful chemicals

A thorough duct cleaning will remove any allergy-inducing particles inside your ductwork and restore a clean, efficient HVAC system. If your symptoms are severe, furnace cleaning is also recommended. 

You Must Change Your Air Filters Way Too Frequently

Most HVAC systems require that you change your air filters approximately every 90 days. If your filters become dirty so quickly that they require changing at more frequent intervals, that’s a surefire sign you need duct cleaning.

Your HVAC filter is designed to trap potentially harmful particles before they can travel into your home through the vents, so it’s critical that you maintain those filters in top condition. If your system is frequently operating with overly dirty filters, your indoor air quality can suffer greatly.

You’ve Noticed Mold in Your House

If you’ve noticed mold growth anywhere in your home, there’s a good chance mold is growing inside your ductwork, too. And when mold is present inside your ducts, your HVAC system can push those spores into the air you breathe, which can negatively impact you and your loved ones’ health.

To protect your home and family from the dangers of mold proliferation, consider scheduling professional duct cleaning or at least an HVAC inspection at your earliest convenience.

Need Duct Cleaning? Contact Dust Doctors

Has your home had professional duct cleaning in the last two years? If not, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our team at Dust Doctors. We specialize in comprehensive duct cleaning and HVAC maintenance and our number goal is to help Twin Cities families breathe clean air inside their homes. To learn more or get a free quote, call our Little Canada, MN office today at 651-319-9777 or send us a message.

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