The three months of summer are no longer the “hot season” in Arizona. In fact, the “hot season” seems to get longer every year. It’s impossible to remain comfortable in the intense desert heat without using your central air conditioner. The more you use your HVAC system and air conditioning unit, the more moisture, humidity, dust, dirt, and pollutants cycle through your home’s ductwork on a regular basis.
Damaged ductwork, leaking seals, and clogged air ducts make your central air conditioner work harder. Not only does that raise your energy bills, but it can also reduce the life of your air conditioning unit. If you need a reason to keep your air ducts in good condition, properly sealed, and cleaned, look no further than May through October in Kingman.
When it’s time to make sure your air ducts are in the best possible working condition, call Ambient Edge at (702) 948-7201. Our highly-skilled, trained, and NATE-certified technicians have the deep knowledge needed to make any repairs to your ductwork then get them clean to improve your indoor air quality.
Why Your Air Ducts Are So Important
Your home’s air ducts are a pipeline that connects your HVAC system (furnace and central air conditioner) to your air vents located throughout your home. The HVAC system pulls air in from the outdoors through a vent then cools the air in summer or heats it in winter. The HVAC system sends that air back through your home to keep you at a comfortable temperature.
Punctures or tears in the ducts, degraded seals and leaks, and ductwork congested with dirt, dust, and debris compromise not only your indoor air quality but your entire HVAC system.
Proper Repair and Sealing Are Vital
Residential ductwork is typically designed to last about 15 years, but it can last up to 20 years. However, just because it’s been in your home for what seems like ages, doesn’t mean it should stay.
Depending on what material the ductwork is made out of, ducts can get tangled, dented, punctured, or crushed. Not only does this restrict airflow throughout your home, but it can also cause a whole host of other problems.
Similarly, properly sealed ducts:
- Ensure the air you pay to heat and cool is not leaking where it shouldn’t be
- Help keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature
- Prevent “back-drafting” — when dangerous gases like carbon monoxide are drawn back into your home instead of routed outdoors
- Make your home and HVAC system more energy efficient
- Can help save you money
In fact, you can save as much as 20% on your energy bills when you have properly sealed and insulated ducts, according to the EnergyStar program.
Poorly sealed or damaged ducts can also be an invitation to insects and rodents as well as moisture, which can lead to mold.
An air duct inspection by a skilled Ambient Edge technician will include a thorough check-up of ductwork to look for damage or poor (or nonexistent) insulation. It also includes a careful inspection of seals to look for broken seams or leaks. Finally, your technician will look inside of the air ducts to see exactly what is hiding in there and how much of it is caked on.
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Signs You May Need a Ductwork Inspection
In some cases, there are no obvious signs that your ductwork may be damaged or clogged. However, there are often common signs of trouble, including:
- Unexpectedly high energy bills that don’t seem to get lower
- Rattling noises when you run the HVAC system that you can’t trace back to the main system itself
- Lingering musty odors in your home that won’t go away no matter what you try
- Uneven temperatures and airflow throughout your home
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The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning
Once your ductwork is correctly repaired, sealed, and in good working order, the next step is to have your air ducts cleaned.
For many homeowners, the reasons behind having ductwork repaired and sealed are obvious, but not so much with the air duct cleaning. However, ask your Ambient Edge technician to see the inside of your air ducts when they are repairing and maintaining them. When you see the build-up of dust, dirt, debris, and other substances inside the walls of your ductwork, you won’t be able to have them cleaned quickly enough.
Items and substances commonly found in ductwork include:
- Allergens such as pollen
- Dust mites
- Mildew and mold
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Human and pet hair
- Pest dander and droppings
- Animal carcasses (typically rodents)
If you’ve recently purchased your home and don’t have knowledge of when the ducts were cleaned (or if they were ever cleaned), start fresh and remove what could be decades of crud someone else left behind. If you’ve recently completed construction or a renovation project, cleaning the air ducts helps remove construction dust and debris from the ductwork systems.
For household members with allergies, asthma, cardiopulmonary issues, and compromised immune systems, breathing clean indoor air is critical. Recirculating air with pollutants, particles, and allergens through your home can cause health issues to become worse.
It is generally recommended air ducts are professionally cleaned every five to 10 years. Ensuring your ductwork is in good shape, regularly maintained, and clean can help extend the life of your ducts as well as your HVAC system.
Call Today to Schedule Air Duct Cleaning, Sealing, and Repair for your Kingman, AZ Home
Whether your home is brand new, new-to-you, or your HVAC system and ductwork could use a fresh start, contact Ambient Edge at (702) 948-7201. Our NATE-certified technicians have extensive experience and can repair nearly every ductwork issue. All our jobs come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.