A conduit or passage used to deliver, return and exhaust air in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning is referred to as a duct. There are 4 types of ducts and specialists in the field would know which duct to install for the task required and how to maintain the various ducts. Though many homeowners may not think much about their ducts, duct cleaning and maintenance remain an important part in not only the health of your AC unit, but also your indoor air quality.
Air-conditioning ducts are designed to last for many years if they are maintained, cleaned regularly and repaired when necessary.
That is the million dollar question and one best answered by an expert in the field.
We can list some basic guidelines below:
After the installation of an air-conditioning unit, regular maintenance and cleaning is something that must be scheduled with a professional annually however the frequency often depends on the area the air- conditioner services and how often it is used.
There are some signs that will alert you that your air-conditioner ducts need cleaning or other maintenance. You need to remember that older ducts may not be able to cope with the efficiency of a new system and may need to be replaced.
If there is any sign of animal infestation or nesting such as fur, feces etc., pest control specialists need to be contacted to clean the ducts.
Mold can cause serious health threats and will need to be removed as a matter of urgency. Check your air vents with a flashlight regularly for any signs of mold.
Dirty air ducts can contaminate your home by releasing debris, pet hair and odors. This in turn could cause those who suffer from any allergies to start displaying symptoms.
If the ducts are dirty they blow dust out of the air regulators and returns and this will start to build up on the blades. You can easily check and see if there is any accumulation of dust on the blades.
If some rooms feel warmer or cooler than the temperature you have set, or if in some rooms the temperature varies from others, it may be a sign that there is a leak or that the ducts need cleaning.
When you notice that you are needing to dust more frequently, it may be as a result of dirty air from the air-conditioner blowing into your home.
Air-conditioners are a necessary part of any home or office in South Florida and provide you with comfort and relief from the hot outdoors. Regular maintenance and duct cleaning is all that is required to ensure many years of cool refreshing airflow.
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