When you turn on your home’s heating or air conditioning, do you notice wisps of dust puffing out from the ducts? Do you see things like leaves or pet hair caught in your vents? Are your air vents coated with dust? If you’ve noticed any of these phenomena, it may be a sign that your air ducts need cleaning.
If you could see inside your HVAC system, you would probably find a host of particles that have collected on the air duct surfaces, vents, motors, and coils. It’s gnarly, but things like dead skin, hair, and pet dander cling to the dust. These particles become matted together and cause an environment where bacteria, mold, dust mites, and allergens can grow.
Your system’s air filters may remove most of these particles from the air stream, but the air filter doesn’t clean your HVAC system. You should check your system periodically to determine whether it needs to be cleaned.
You may be wondering whether it really matters if your air ducts are a little dirty. In fact, there are several consequences which can have real effects in your home and on your health. Some of the problems caused by dirty air ducts include:
To keep your home fresh and your HVAC system in good order, you’ll want to have your air ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy with a clean HVAC system:
There are real consequences to ignoring your air ducts and their cleanliness. On the flip side, making sure the air ducts are clean may mean that you can breathe a whole lot easier.