Duct Cleaning Saves Money and Maintains Healthy Air
HVAC systems allow us to have comfortable homes regardless of the weather outside, but, as everyone who pays an energy bill or has had to repair a unit knows, costs can quickly grow beyond our budgets. To keep these systems running efficiently, maintenance is key.
Cleaning the unit itself is important, but air duct cleaning should not be overlooked.
Air ducts are part of an HVAC system. They provide the conduit for hot or cool air to flow through the home. When they clog or leak, the whole system losses efficiency, causing higher energy bills and causing wear and tear that eventually takes a bite out of your pocketbook.
How do you know when it’s time to have your air ducts cleaned? Here are five surefire signals:
Energy bill spikes for no apparent reason
We all expect energy to cost more during the height of summer or the dead of winter. However, what if energy bills spike when we keep the thermostat at the same level and the weather remains similar? It often means inefficiencies in the HVAC system, which punch a whole in your wallet every month if they are not addressed. If the unit is running well without mechanical problems, then clogs of leaks in the air ducts are the likely culprit.
When this is the case, having the ducts serviced at the earliest possible time keeps the energy bills from continuing to erode your budget. An HVAC repair service can perform an inspection of the system. Often, the inspection reveals that the ducts are clogged with debris, which force your system to work harder to force air past it. Duct cleaning performed by a duct cleaning service will bring back the HVAC system’s former efficiency. Leaks also form over time. Sealing these prevents air from escaping. With these problems solved, your heating and air conditioning system runs like a champ.
Rodent or insect infestation
Though unpleasant to ponder, rodents and insects can infest air ducts, leading to inefficiency and system damage. Often, a foul smell indicates rodents or insects have taken up residence in your air ducts. A visual inspection of the ducts often turns up evidence of rodent and insect activity. If infestation is suspected, immediate action is necessary.
Animal debris in the ducts damages HVAC systems, in addition to reducing efficiency. Unfortunately, odors from droppings and other debris spread into the living area. In addition, droppings and shells or husks from insects circulate through the air. This makes duct infestations harmful to health, well-being and the enjoyment of your home.
Dirt and debris around the vents
Be sure to periodically inspect the area around the vents. If you notice dirt and debris, it’s likely that blockages have formed in the ducts, which results in inefficiencies because the HVAC system must work so hard to push air past them. In addition, blockages result in contaminants circulating through the home. These contaminants exacerbate allergies and other respiratory problems. To keep your home healthful, it’s always worth it to have dirty ducts cleaned.
Unexplained respiratory problems
Sometimes, the first sign of clogged ducts comes in the form of unexplained allergy, sinus, asthma or breathing problems. When excessive dirt or debris is circulated through the air from the HVAC ducts, these problems become chronic. Chronicity is a sign that the problem comes from air quality rather than an illness or seasonal allergy. Air moves through a home around seven times daily. When the ducts are dirty, this constant recirculation promotes sickness, much like the air on a jetliner. If it’s been a long time since your home’s ducts have had a cleaning and the family is sneezing and wheezing, it’s time to have those ducts cleared of harmful debris.
Check for mold
Mold may collect in the ducts over time, especially in hot, humid climates. Mold causes many health issues, including breathing problems, eye irritations, sore throats and even skin problems. In addition, people with compromised immune systems or chronic lung illnesses can develop severe infections. When people in the household experience these symptoms, mold in the ducts is often to blame.
Don’t settle for poor quality air and higher energy bills. When air ducts suffer from blockages or leaks, bad air and wasted money are inevitable. By regularly cleaning air ducts, healthy air and efficient operation can be maintained. By being on the lookout for signs of dirty air ducts, you can save your family money and misery.
Unique Air Duct Cleaning has provided superior air duct cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning services to the Metro Detroit area for over 25 years. We are licensed and insured home and business cleaning specialists with a wide range of services. Call today for a Free Estimate!