Are your air vents dirtier than usual? Is there an increase in your monthly energy bill? Are you noticing signs of pests in your home? Are there unpleasant odors circulating throughout your home? If you’re experiencing these four problems, it’s probably time to have your air ducts cleaned. Cleaning your home’s air ducts is an essential part of HVAC preventative maintenance that keeps your air quality clean and your HVAC running efficiently, ensuring your home’s indoor environment remains healthy and comfortable. Continue reading to identify four signs indicating that it’s time to clean your air ducts.
Dirty Air Vents
Often people don’t pay attention to their air vents until it’s time to replace their air filter or clean their air ducts. However, if your air vents are dirtier than usual and you can see an accumulation of dust, dirt, and other debris blocking the airflow, this is typically a sign indicating it’s time to clean your air ducts. It’s important to inspect and clean the air vents throughout your home regularly, and if debris quickly returns, you should contact an HVAC technician to determine if your air ducts need to be cleaned.
Increased Energy Bill
If your monthly energy bill is increasing, but you haven’t made any significant changes in your home to cause this increase, your air ducts could be the problem. When your air ducts are dirty, it is difficult for air to circulate freely throughout your home. This causes your HVAC system to become inefficient and work harder, consuming more energy to produce and circulate air throughout your home, meeting designated temperatures. By hiring an HVAC technician to clean your air ducts, your HVAC can run more efficiently, helping you decrease your monthly energy bill.
When you go extended periods without cleaning your air ducts, pests can often settle into the space, making it their home. If you’ve noticed signs of insects or rodents occupying your air ducts, such as droppings, noises, or strange smells, you should immediately schedule a duct cleaning with an HVAC technician. When left unchecked, pests can make their way into your home, interfering with your health and comfort.
Your air ducts can impact your home’s air quality and smell, so odors are usually a telltale sign indicating that your air ducts need to be cleaned. If unpleasant odors are circulating throughout your home, this could indicate mold, mildew, pests, dirt, and many other contaminants accumulating in your air ducts.
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