Often overlooked, your air ducts are an essential function of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Air ducts circulate warm and cool air through a series interconnecting tubes from your heating and cooling systems to supply vents in different rooms. The air then circulates from the return vents back to your HVAC system. Due to this process, dust and other contaminants can collect on the vents and in the air ducts. 

Air duct cleaning is the process of removing any dust, contaminants, etc. built up, and located in the ductwork by the use of a vacuum. It’s highly recommended that you hire professionals to clean, as there is a chance of harming the ductwork if not done correctly. 

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4 Ways Clean Air Ducts Improve HVAC Systems

1. Improves Airflow Quality

As previously stated, air ducts are an important function of your HVAC system. Generally, it’s recommended that you annually receive a HVAC system maintenance check, but your air ducts are only suggested to be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. It’s likely that overtime your ductwork will accumulate dust and grime. This buildup can lead to your HVAC system working harder. As a result your home’s air flow quality lowers and causes your HVAC system to improperly and inefficiently work. In this case, a professional cleaning may be required to improve the running of your system. 

2. Eliminates Mold

The development of condensation in your HVAC system can lead to the growth of mold in your air ducts. The growth of mold is a major concern that should be resolved. Mold buildup can cause respiratory and health problems to you and your family. The mold can also spread throughout your home and HVAC system. 

If you find that mold is growing on or in your ductworks it is imperative that you get it professionally removed through an air duct cleaning. If you only suspect mold to be growing, call a professional to come and check. Make sure to have the specimen tested to ensure that it is indeed mold, before paying for a cleaning. 

3. Cleans Infestation 

If you have determined there is a rodent infestation in your air ducts, you’ll need to not only call an exterminator, but a professional service to clean your air ducts. Rodents may have left hair, feces, and other remnants that will require a professional cleaning to take place. Professionals may use both a vacuum and biocides to clean the remains left by the infestation. Additionally, the vermin may have caused damage to the ductwork that would need a repair on my HVAC System. 

4. Reduces Allergens in the Air

Air ducts create the flow of air throughout a home by delivering and returning air to and from your HVAC system. This cycle of airflow may pass along allergens throughout your house. The buildup of dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens in your ductwork and circulating in your air can cause you to experience allergies or respiratory problems.

It is important to regularly check behind your supply and return vents for any dust buildup that may be causing the exacerbation of your allergy or respiratory symptoms. After removing the vent, look out for any accumulation of dust on the air duct walls. The accumulation of dust on the air duct walls is cause for a professional cleaning to take place. Following the cleaning, your HVAC system will produce cleaner air and reduce the spread of allergens. It’s advised that you also take additional steps to maintain the cleaner air quality.  

Do You Have Questions About Your HVAC System?

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