When Was the Last Time You Had Your Home’s Ducts Cleaned?

When Was the Last Time You Had Your Home's Ducts Cleaned?If you can’t remember the last time you had your home’s ducts cleaned, it’s probably long past time when you had a professional duct inspection. While duct cleaning usually isn’t required on a regular basis, especially in homes with proper HVAC and filter maintenance, there are situations where a duct cleaning can improve both system efficiency and indoor air quality.

With allergies, asthma and the development of other health issues due to indoor air pollutants, improving air quality has become a priority for many homeowners. The air ducts in your home, if not kept clean, can introduce dust, dirt and mold into your home. The contaminants will not only pollute the air in your home, but can also cause your HVAC system to operate at a lower efficiency.

If you’re wondering if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned, here are some sure signs that this is a wise investment:

  • There is visible mold growth on the inside of your air ducts or on any other component of your HVAC system.
  • Your ducts have become infested with rodents and/or insects.
  • You notice that your ducts are clogged or have a higher than normal amount of dust and debris buildup. You can tell this is happening if you notice dust or dust bunnies blowing out of registers.

When you have your ducts cleaned thoroughly, the various components of your HVAC system should be cleaned in addition to the ducts, registers and grilles. All dirt and debris should be dislodged using special tools and a high powered vacuum cleaner. It may also be recommended that a chemical biocide be applied to your ductwork and other components of your system to manage mold growth and prevent the release of dirt and dust from the ducts.

If you’re questioning whether you need to have your ducts cleaned, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We service homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties, and can help you determine if it’s time to have your ductwork cleaned.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida 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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