Signs You Need Your Ducts Cleaned

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The air quality inside your home can severely impact your overall quality of life. Airborne particles such as dust, pollen, bacteria, pet dander and mold can trigger allergies, respiratory issues, and general discomfort, even for healthy individuals. Having your air ducts cleaned regularly is one of the best steps you can take at maintaining healthy air quality inside your home.

Having a professionally trained HVAC professional perform duct cleaning in your space is a valuable service to add to your home maintenance routine. The recommended frequency of air duct cleaning can depend on a number of factors. If you have a smoker in the family, pets that shed often, or have recently completed home renovations you may need want to consider air duct cleaning sooner rather than later.

Here are some clear signs your home may be overdue for duct cleaning.

Visible Dust

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If you are noticing excess dust or debris in your home, that could be a clear indication that it is time to have your ducts checked and cleaned. An accumulation of dust on your air ducts can create uneven air flow, hindering performance. Additionally, if you see visible dust in the air or blowing from your ducts, this can be a sign that dust is trapped inside your ducts, indicating it is time for a cleaning. Well-performing ducts should not emit any visible debris.

Clogged Air Filter

If you find yourself constantly needing to clean or replace your air filter due to build-up and debris, that could be a sign that the interior parts of your ventilation system are in need of cleaning. When dust, debris, and other particles are trapped in the interior parts of your HVAC system, these items can be emitted externally creating airflow issues throughout your space.

Increased Allergies

In addition to the functional issues dirty air ducts can create for your HVAC system, there are health considerations as well. For those with allergies or respiratory considerations such as asthma, they may notice an increase in symptoms due to increased particles and debris in the air. If you or someone in your family has worsening symptoms or respiratory concerns, you may want to consider having your air ducts cleaned.

Presence of Mold

Presence of mold in air system

If upon inspecting your HVAC unit you or a technician find signs of mold, you’ll want to get this tested right away. Having mold circulating throughout your home can potentially be harmful.

Once the presence of mold has been confirmed, having your ducts cleaned and sanitized, along with inspecting the rest of your HVAC unit is recommended.

No Record of Prior Cleaning

Have you been living in your space for 10 years or more? Is there no record of the last time the air ducts were cleaned? It may be a good time for a routine inspection and duct cleaning. At Paragon Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer a variety of duct cleaning services to best suit the needs of your home. Contact us today to find the right service for your home.

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