When it comes to AC ducts, the saying “out of sight, out of mind” is all too often the case. Clean ducts are an important aspect of home maintenance, aiding in temperature control, airflow, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.
So how do you know when its time to give them a good cleaning?
1. You Notice or Have Found Mold
Mold near or around your HVAC unit or vents is a surefire sign that it may also be lurking in your ductwork. This is not only a nuisance, but a potentially serious health hazard to you and your family. HVAC cleaning should be carried out by a professional with proper protective gear.
2. Your Home Has Undergone a Recent Remodel or Renovation
No matter how diligent your contractors were about cleaning up and closing off work areas, dust and debris always make their way into your ductwork. Construction dust can contain harmful chemicals, irritants and other dangerous particulates you don’t want to be inhaling.
3. Your Home is Naturally Dusty Due to Where you Live
Some areas are simply dustier than others. This dust tends to sift into your home no matter how well-sealed and insulated it is. If you notice you have to dust frequently, your ductwork could be contributing to the problem, cycling dust throughout your home.
4. You Notice a Funky or Foul Smell Coming from Your Vents
Funky odors and smells are a tell-tale sign that your ducts need to be thoroughly and professionally cleaned. Debris, bacteria, mold, pollen and other allergens, as well as pests, are all potential culprits.