Air conditioning ducts fall into the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ category and remembering to have them cleaned is seldom a high priority. Continuous airflow through your air ducts leads to deposits of dust and impurities that accumulate over time. Combined with high levels of humidity, air conditioning ducts can get pretty funky if they aren’t cleaned out thoroughly when they need it. If you’re not sure when the last time you had your AC ducts cleaned, call the HVAC specialists at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric for an inspection and duct cleaning!
Since most people will never go near the air conditioning ducts in your home or building, why does it matter if they’re clean or not? Here are a few of the benefits of making duct cleaning a regular part of your building maintenance plan.
The dust that accumulates in your ductwork gets pumped out into your living spaces. Some of it will get breathed in and the rest will settle on your furniture, floors and bedding. Eliminating the dust in your air ducts short-circuits that problem.
It has been found by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that indoor air is often more polluted than the air outside our homes. This is partly caused by dirty ducts as the dust and pollutants are circulated back into the building. Breathing in this air that is laden with dust, allergens and other pollutants, will negatively affect any family member who suffers from allergies, sinusitis or bronchial congestion. Clean air ducts will pump healthy air back into your living spaces, ensuring the healthiest indoor air quality for all inhabitants.
Homes tend to gather odors, and not all of them are pleasant. Pets contribute, the smell of cooking food, cleaning products, chemicals, mildew or tobacco use can cause foul odors to accumulate and linger in the air. Duct cleaning will remove the stale air particles and fill your home with fresh air that feels good to breathe in.
A build-up of grime and dust can bog an AC system down and cause it to run inefficiently. Any blockage in the air supply will cause the system to have to work harder. A thorough duct cleaning can go a long way toward helping an AC run at peak efficiency.
It’s easy to know when it’s time to mop a floor because you see it under your feet. With your ducts, it’s less obvious, but there are still some tell-tale signs that they are getting dirty enough to be cleaned.
Here are four key indications that it’s time to book your duct cleaning with Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric:
Moisture build-up creates an ideal environment for mold to grow. Mold is especially dangerous for people who tend to struggle with any respiratory illnesses or allergies.
Rats and mice are comfortable nesting where there’s been a build-up of dust and debris. Their urine, droppings and parasites can cause health issues for your family. Unusual scratching and other critter-like sounds are a sign that it’s time to call in professionals.
You might notice that your home stays dusty no matter how much cleaning you do. More dust settling on your furniture than what you are used to, can indicate ducts that are overdue for a professional clean out. An air conditioning with dirty ducts will simply keep pumping dust into the rooms, which will settle on the furniture and floors.
Dirty air ducts will show up as an increase in your energy bill as your AC unit is working harder to cool your home.
As long as you’re keeping an eye out for any of the signs above, it’s not necessary to have your ducts cleaned annually. We recommend you schedule a full duct clean with us every three to five years!
Our answer is simple! Our HVAC technicians are trained and have many years of experience when it comes to all aspects of your home or office building’s air conditioning system. Equipped with all the right tools for the job, we promise to get your ac ducts squeaky clean! Not only that, using our preventative maintenance service programs will help you avoid expensive repair jobs in the future. Call us at 1-800-475-1504 to book your duct cleaning, today!
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