Air ducts aren’t something a homeowner often thinks about but keeping them clean is critical for both the efficiency of your HVAC system and the health of your family. Air ducts are the travel path for the cold or warm air that keeps you comfortable in the winter and summer, but overuse and damage can make your system slow down and even cause respiratory issues. Here’s a list of warning signs that it might be time for a professional duct cleaning from Ambient Edge.
You’re Having Allergy and Respiratory Symptoms
Allergies afflict millions across the country, but sufferers usually get their allergies at an early age. If you don’t have a history of allergies and suddenly begin sneezing, coughing, and dealing with watery eyes, you might need an air duct cleaning. The air going through your HVAC filter might be recycled up to eight times a day. And if you have asthma, keeping your ducts clean is even more critical to your wellbeing. If your symptoms are getting worse for no apparent reason, check the ducts.
Your Energy Bills Are Skyrocketing
Ever open the bill from your power company and see a number that makes your eyes bulge? If your home is suddenly using up a lot more energy, you might be dealing with an inefficient HVAC system. If your air ducts are clogged or filled with debris, your system can’t properly circulate the air. Not only will this make your utility bills go up, but you’ll be breathing in unhealthy particles.
You See Signs of a Pest Infestation
Thinking about bugs or rodents in your HVAC system is one of the most unpleasant thoughts to enter the mind of a homeowner, but infestations do happen, especially in air ducts that haven’t been cleaned in a while. Rodent or insect infestations have a number of harmful effects on your system. They reduce efficiency and leave dander and droppings that can send odors throughout your entire home. Additionally, these pests bring harmful microorganisms with them, meaning that infestations are not only unpleasant but hazardous to health as well.
You’ve Recently Moved into A New Home
Moving is a tiring experience and many times new homeowners have no idea the condition of the HVAC system in their new home. This is especially true in older homes, where HVAC systems might have years of buildup and grime caked in. If you’re moving to a new home that wasn’t built in the last decade or two, having the air ducts cleaned as a precautionary measure might not be a bad idea.
There’s Debris Blowing Out of Your Vents
This is fairly obvious to spot, but dust and debris coming out your vents is usually the symptoms of a larger air duct problem. If changing the filter hasn’t stopped things from blowing around the house, you might need your air ducts cleaned professionally.
Proper air duct cleanings keep your HVAC system working properly. A professional cleaning can also protect the health of your family. If you suspect it’s time for an air duct cleaning, contact our experts today.