Does someone in your home suffer from allergies or unexplained allergy-like symptoms? Your HVAC system may be the culprit! With use, heating and air conditioning systems develop build-up of particles and debris, to include dust and pollen. In most environments, there is potential for mold build up, as well. Having your HVAC system serviced and ducts cleaned can help to remove debris and improve air quality. Additionally, having your HVAC system serviced and ducts cleaned can help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
What Should an Air Duct Cleaning Service Include?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.” When you speak with a professional, be sure to ask what their service includes. If the service includes cleaning of the heating and cooling components in your home, ensure that the service provider is experienced and qualified to clean the specific system in your home.
When to Schedule a Professional Duct Cleaning Service
Regular duct cleaning and HVAC service are recommended every 1-5 years, depending on your system and the environment. However, if you recognize any of the red flags below, it’s important to get your ducts cleaned sooner, rather than later:
- If you can see mold growing on the surface inside or outside of the air vents in your home
- If your air ducts or vents have been or are currently infested with rodents or insects
- If you notice that dust and debris is being blown out of your air vents and particles are entering your home
- If a family member experiences dust or mold-related allergy symptoms inside your home
Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Ducts Clean
- Use a high-quality air filter in your heating and cooling system, as recommended by the manufacturer
- Check filters regularly and replace when dirty and/or clogged
- If you are doing any construction or home remodels, seal off all entries to the air system to prevent any dust or debris from entering
- Keep your home clean from dust and debris by vacuuming regularly
- During routine professional maintenance, ask the professional to check and clean cooling coils and drain pans
Inquire about HVAC Warranties
If you are in the process of purchasing a new home or updating the HVAC and duct system in your current home, be sure to inquire about the system and part warranties. In the case that you are getting a new system installed, the HVAC company should not only provide you with warranty information but should register all parts used in your system to ensure they are eligible for maximum warranty coverage. In some cases, warranties are available, but only apply if the product is registered upon installation.
If you are unsure about what type of HVAC system you have in your home or the recommended upkeep of your system, call a local professional for a brief phone consultation. Upon arriving for service, the professional will assess your HVAC and duct system, provide you with a service quote and usually can complete the service that day.