At Curtis Total Service, our heating and air conditioning experts offer a wealth of wisdom and guidance on how best to maintain your HVAC system. One of the questions we often encounter is about air ducts, particularly how often they need to be cleaned and whether or not the project is worth it in the long run.
The jury is out on whether or not you should continuously keep your air ducts clean, and if it has direct impact on one’s health. What is clear, however, is that regular duct cleaning can serve to make your HVAC system run more efficiently.
Anything that obstructs the flow of air through the unit is a blockage. The restriction of air flow, in turn, makes the machine work harder. This is what leads to much more significant energy bills over time, as the unit struggles to produce the quality of air that is expected while using much more energy.
When Should You Be Concerned?
If you begin noticing that your heating or air conditioning unit is working much harder than before, and your home is not cooling down or heating up, it may not be a bad idea to talk to an HVAC technician to see if the air ducts might be a problem. Below, we evaluate some of the warning signs that may help you determine if it is time to clean out the air ducts.
- Dust. Check out the ductwork for debris, dust, and signs that mold may soon be forming. If the ductwork has begun accumulating a significant amount of dust, it may be an indication that it is time for a cleanout.
- Mold. Check for a musty odor from the HVAC unit. One of our Allentown heating and air conditioning can run an inspection on the ducts to determine if moisture is getting trapped somewhere. This is what leads to the production and buildup of mold, which can also deteriorate your HVAC over time.
- Vermin, insects, and rodent droppings. This might go without saying, but if you do notice insect bodies or droppings from rodents, then it may very well be time to clean out your air ducts. A potential infestation from pests could mean that they have settled and made a home in your ducts. The air that circulates through the unit will also circulate into your home.
- Allergies. If a loved one or a family member has developed allergies and had never suffered from them before, we recommend you take care to make sure that your ducts are cleaned. We also recommend that you take other steps to keep your home clear of potential allergens with a thorough cleanout.
As a heating and air conditioning company, we have served Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem, and the surrounding areas since 1988. If you would like to schedule an inspection for your heating or air conditioning system, please give us a call today!