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Telltale Signs It's Time to Clean Your Air Ducts

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Air ducts play an important role in the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Over time, dust, debris, vermin, and mold can accumulate inside the air ducts. This may diminish the efficiency of your HVAC system and sometimes contaminate your indoor air.

If you are wondering whether you need to clean your air ducts, here are the most common signs to look out for.

Frequent Allergy Breakouts 

Excessive dust and debris in the air ducts can mix with the indoor air and trigger allergic reactions and respiratory issues.

If you regularly experience symptoms such as a sore throat, watery eyes, runny nose, and fatigue, consider calling a professional to assess your indoor air quality. Other problems may include a sudden uptick in respiratory issues in the household.

A professional HVAC contractor may recommend comprehensive cleaning in case the air ducts are too dusty. Changing air filters regularly can also promote indoor air quality.

Regular Dusting 

In addition to feeling constantly sick, is your home becoming dusty too fast, causing you to vacuum incessantly? Your air conditioning system may be releasing dust accumulated in the air ducts into your home. 

Other signs of an inefficient AC unit due to clogged air ducts include increased humidity inside the home. A sudden surge in humidity levels could be a sign that the AC is not managing humidity adequately.

Unfortunately, humidity creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, which further diminish the quality of your indoor air.

Visible Mold and Mildew 

Mold and mildew could be a sign of water damage in the home. The presence of dust, debris, pollen, and other pollutants combined with moisture increases the risk of mold and mildew.

The air ducts can release mold spores into your living space. Unless you conduct a thorough inspection, you may not notice mold inside the air ducts.

However, the formation of mold on visible components of the HVAC system such as the vents and registers, fan motor and housing, and drip pans could be an indication of the presence of mold inside the air ducts.

Mold spores can cause serious respiratory problems. Seek the help of a professional to eradicate these contaminants.

Odd Smells 

The duct system facilitates proper airflow throughout your home. Respectively, the supply and return vents deliver conditioned air to your home and take away the used air back into the HVAC system for conditioning. 

Problems in the air duct system, for example, an accumulation of dust, debris, and mold, effectively curtail the airflow dynamics, which can create unpleasant odors in your living space.

If the air in your home suddenly acquires strange smells from a source you cannot pinpoint, call a specialist to inspect your HVAC system.

Inconsistent Temperatures

Dust, pollen, and other debris can diminish the efficiency of the duct system and subsequently, the heating and cooling system.

One sign of an inefficient HVAC system is the existence of hot and cold spots in the house. If the duct system does not supply and return air properly, the result could be wide temperature variations in the home. 

Several other factors can create hot and cold spots. Your HVAC technician can advise whether duct cleaning would help to minimize temperature inconsistencies.

Consider cleaning your air ducts occasionally to improve the quality of your indoor air. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system can keep air ducts from clogging. Only a qualified professional should inspect and clean your ducts.

With more than 35 years' experience, you can trust the technicians at Covington Air Systems, Inc., to take care of your indoor air quality needs. Call us today to find out about our duct cleaning services.