What is Air Duct Cleaning?
Do your air ducts need to be cleaned? How can you tell? Read here for answers to your questions, and call us to set up an appointment to clean your air ducts today.
Duct cleaning is the cleaning of the various heating and cooling system and components of forced air systems. This includes the supply and return air ducts, as well as registers grilles and diffusers, the heat exchangers, as well as heating and cooling coils, drip pans, fan motor and fan houseing, and the air handling unit housing. If not properly maintained, these components can become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen as well as other debris, and if moisture is present, there is a potential for mold to grow.
Easy ways to tell if you have dirty air ducts
- Turn on the air conditioning unit and watch a vent while the motor turns on. If you notice a puff of dust from the vent when the motor kicks on, the ducts need to be cleaned.
- Listen to the air flow in the ducts. There should not be any noises other than the motor. If you hear whistling, or if the air flow itself is just generally noisy, it may be an indication that there is a blockage somewhere in the duct work.
- Check the air flow of the ducts in each room. Make sure the vents are fully opened while doing this. If you can tell that one of the ducts does not have the same airflow as the others, the ducts most likely need to be cleaned.
Do you air ducts need to be cleaned?
Your cold air return vents can offer a clue towards whether or not your air ducts need to be cleaned. If they’re covered with a buildup of pet hair, dust or other debris, it’s most likely time to consider having them cleaned.
While there has been no scientific evidence that regular duct cleaning will improve the air, many homeowners will say they don’t suffer from indoor allergies as often once their ducts have been cleaned.
Removing built up dust and debris from your air ducts can lower the number of allergens in your home, as well as make your HVAC system more efficient. You may find that with a clean air duct system; you’ll use the air conditioning less in the summer, and you won’t have to run the heater so much in the winter.
While how often the need for duct cleaning can vary, some things to take into consideration are the number of pets, and smokers are in the house. Recent renovations, weather conditions, as well as overall home cleanliness, should also be taken into consideration. Though most people just find it logical to assume air ducts will gather dust in time, much like the furniture or knick knacks in your house.
A thorough cleaning can yield long-term energy saving, research has found that dirty coils and blowers in commercial buildings can negatively impact energy efficiency by as much as 40 percent. A good, professional cleaning will do more than just sweep the ducts. It will address every component air passes over, ducts, vents, coils, and the central system.
If family members are experiencing odd or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you may think are related to your home’s air quality, you should speak to a healthcare professional, as well as have a duct cleaning professional come out and inspect your air conditioning ducts to access the situation.
Duct Cleaning Melbourne is licensed and certified to clean out all of the air ducts in your home or business. If you think it’s time for your ducts to be cleaned, call us today and set up an appointment!