For the most part, homeowners can’t see much of the ductwork running through their homes. But, much like the pulmonary or lung system in your body, they are there continually moving air through them powered by your HVAC system.
As this air circulates and re-circulates through your ducts and your home, the inside walls of your ducts become coated or caked with dirt, dust, debris, pollen, or even mold. Worse, if your ductwork is in need of repair or has open spaces or holes, that gunk is getting into the air in your home without even the hope of passing through a filter.
If you don’t know when your air ducts were last inspected or cleaned, or the answer is never, it’s time to call Ambient Edge at (888) 628-5890. We’re the top-rated air duct cleaning, sealing, and repair company in the Summerlin area. Our experienced technicians can ensure your ducts are in good repair, properly sealed so they work efficiently, and clean so you have healthy indoor air.
The Importance of Properly Functioning Air Ducts
Regardless of the age or condition of your home, it’s always worth having your ductwork checked by a qualified professional. Even in newer buildings, the ductwork can be poorly designed and installers do a slapdash job, leaving you with misaligned ducts or ducts that do not remain sealed.
And additional construction or remodeling work done to your home can cause damage such as small tears or punctures in ductwork that lead to big problems.
Professional Ductwork Repair
In the case of poor ductwork design or ductwork wear, you may have spaces or holes that leak the air you pay to have heated and cooled. Depending on the type of ductwork you have, moisture can also collect in dips or uneven ducts. That can lead to mildew and mold growth.
When an Ambient Edge professional completes a ductwork inspection, we will share with you any issues we find. Minor repairs can often be done on the spot. We also have options if you’ll require any major ductwork repair.
Professional Ductwork Sealing
When your ducts were installed, the edges were joined up and sealed to help make the duct impenetrable. However, due to moisture, natural wear and tear, and temperature extremes, the seals can be degraded or damaged. The air leaking from those unsealed or poorly sealed ducts leads to higher energy bills for you and an HVAC system that operates a lot less efficiently.
Sealing ductwork is not a do-it-yourself task. The Ambient Edge professionals can let you know the condition of your ducts and sealing during an inspection.
The Importance of Professional Air Duct Cleaning
Once your air ducts are in good repair and fully sealed, it is imperative to have the air ducts cleaned.
Dirty Air Ducts Are Gross
When you see what is built-up inside of your ductwork, you will no longer wonder why you need your air ducts cleaned: It can be gross.
Just a few things commonly found in air ducts include:
- Dead skin cells
- Pet dander
- Rodent dander and droppings
- Insect droppings and dead insects
- Pest carcasses
- Pet hair
- Human hair
- Dust mites
- Smoke residue
- Chemical residue
As these contaminants settle into your air ducts, they are blown throughout your home every time your furnace or air conditioner cycles on. If the air ducts haven’t been cleaned in five years, 10 years, 20 years, or ever — well, you can imagine what you’re breathing in.
Even for people without significant health issues, it’s not optimal to breathe dirty indoor air. But for people who suffer from severe allergies, or who have cardiopulmonary conditions such as asthma or COPD, it can be dangerous.
How Often to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned
In general, we recommend homeowners have their air ducts cleaned every five to 10 years.
However, after construction or renovation, the inside of your air ducts is often coated with dust, dirt, chemical residue, and contaminants. You’re getting a fresh start with a new home or new elements in your home, you should give your lungs a clean start as well.
Similarly, if you’ve just purchased and moved into your home and don’t know if the air ducts have ever been cleaned, get off on the right foot with an air duct cleaning.
If someone living in the home has breathing issues, a compromised immune system, smokes, or if you have one or more pets, it is typically recommended to have air ducts cleaned at least every five years.
People living with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, or those with a compromised immune system, may find themselves sensitive to poor indoor air quality. That’s a sure sign that your ducts need to be cleaned.
For homes that smell strongly and persistently of smoke, pets, or a stuffy, musty odor — especially if you notice the smell gets worse when you run your HVAC system — a professional air duct cleaning can work wonders.
Schedule Your Air Duct Inspection and Cleaning Today
No matter how long you’ve been in your home, the time to ensure your air ducts are clean and working properly is now. Call Ambient Edge at (888) 628-5890. Our experienced, NATE-certified technicians can help improve your indoor air quality and save you money on your energy bills. We pride ourselves on sterling customer service and every job is backed with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.