Like any other area of your home, your ductwork gets dirty over time. But unlike most areas of your home, your ductwork isn’t easily accessible, which means it probably doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should. If you’re like most people, it doesn’t get cleaned at all. But that’s a household hygiene mistake you don’t want to make. Dirty air ducts can seriously diminish your indoor air quality and affect your health.
Fortunately, there are several unmistakable signs that indicate your ductwork is overdue for cleaning. The experts at Dust Doctors share what those signs are below.
Air Filters That Get Dirty Unusually Quickly
If you have a central HVAC system, you probably already know you need to change the filters at regular intervals. Depending on who occupies your home and what you do indoors, you’ll want to switch them out according to this schedule:
● One occupant with no pets. Change the filter about every six months.
● Vacation house. Change the filter every six to 12 months.
● Average suburban household. Change the filter approximately every 90 days.
● Average suburban household with allergy sufferers. Change the filter every six weeks.
● Average suburban household with pets. Change the filter every 60 days.
● Average household with smokers. Change the filter every six to eight weeks.
If your air filters are getting clogged and dirty unusually quickly, that’s a solid sign your ductwork is seriously dirty too. Professional air duct cleaning can solve the problem and keep your HVAC filters clean and functional for as long as their recommended lifespan indicates.
Unexplained Increases in Heating and Cooling Expenses
Have your heating and cooling costs increased without explanation? If so, the additional expense may be due to HVAC inefficiency, which can occur when your ductwork is caked in dust and debris.
A clean ductwork system facilitates efficient airflow through the filters, vents, and returns in your home. A dirty system, on the other hand, forces your heater or air conditioner to work harder and longer than necessary to circulate temperature-controlled air throughout your house.
One way to help control your monthly heating and cooling costs is to schedule professional duct cleaning on a routine basis. When you ensure your ductwork is kept clean, your HVAC system can work as efficiently as it should.
Dirt, Dust, or Debris Around Registers and Vents
If you’ve noticed dust or any other type of debris building up around your return vents or registers, you can bet your ductwork is dirty. Properly maintained (aka clean) ductwork doesn’t contain any dust or debris. As such, the air that flows through the ducts can’t carry any particulate matter out through the vents.
When your ducts have accumulated so much dust and other particulate matter that it’s overflowing out of the system, it’s time to schedule duct cleaning. Ideally, you should opt for deep duct cleaning and then schedule follow-up maintenance duct cleaning at two-year intervals.
Mold in Your HVAC System
If you’ve detected mold in your furnace or air conditioner, you can bet there are mold spores in your ductwork too. And if you’re not too keen on breathing in mold inside your house, professional duct cleaning can help. In addition to scheduling air duct cleaning service, it may also be a good idea to conduct a mold test to determine if your home needs any level of mold remediation to maintain healthy indoor air quality.
Uncontrollable Dust Accumulation Around the House
If you feel like you’re constantly dusting and the dust never seems to go away, it’s probably time to schedule air duct cleaning. When your HVAC system is dirty and it’s always running, it’s constantly pushing particulate matter into the air inside your house.
That particulate matter eventually settles on every surface, and that’s why you notice dust everywhere, all the time, no matter how often you clean it up.
Hire Professional Twin Cities Air Duct Cleaning Services Today
Is your house due for professional duct cleaning service? Then it’s time to get in touch with our team at Dust Doctors in Little Canada, MN. We specialize in deep duct cleaning, maintenance duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, furnace and a/c cleaning, and indoor air quality improvement services for households throughout the Twin Cities metro.
To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 651-319-9777 or request a free quote online. We look forward to hearing from you!
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