When Duct Cleaning Should Be On Your To-Do List
Though outdoor air is regarded as the main culprit of pollution, indoor air is typically far more contaminated—partially due to the central heating and cooling units that recirculate pollutants.
Because cycling air through the home also cycles all the debris within it, a dirty HVAC system spreads all of its pollutants throughout the home. If you don’t know if your home’s ducts need to be cleaned, below are some common scenarios that might apply to you:
Mold: Mold can cause a number of problems, and should be taken seriously. Mold spores are spread through the air, so if your home has any evidence of growth, immediate cleaning is advised.
Allergies: When the air runs through your ventilation system, it picks up every contaminant along the way. If someone is your family has been suffering from unexplained allergies or respiratory problems, debris within the ducts might be to blame.
Expensive Energy Bill: The Department of Energy estimates that around 43 percent of a home’s electricity bill is a result of heating and cooling the home. An HVAC system that contains contaminants will experience a decrease in efficiency, as the unit is working harder to distribute out the same volume of air. Therefore, if you’ve noticed a more expensive bill, a dirty HVAC system might be the culprit.
Remodeling: If you’ve recently had a remodel in your home, you’re aware of how much dust and debris it can lead to. Ducts are a magnet for this debris—meaning without a thorough cleaning, the dust will continue to cycle through the home’s air.
Rodents: Unfortunately, homes are never completely sealed from the outside—and sometimes outside pests will make their way in. If you’ve had signs of animal infestation within your ductwork, calling an exterminator and a professional cleaning service is advised.
Routine Contaminants: In addition to special cases, pet hair, debris and general household dust all add up over time.
If you are unsure of the last time the ducts have been cleaned in your home, SERVPRO® can inspect your system and make sure your family’s air is clean.