Air ducts cycle all the air in your home’s HVAC system. In fact, ductwork is an extremely important part of central air conditioning. A dirty air duct can reduce system efficiency while increasing heating and cooling costs, while potentially leading to expensive repairs. You can protect your air conditioner, health, and wallet by noticing these five common warning signs that air duct cleaning is needed.
1. Increased Dust Around Home
If dust returns soon after you’ve cleaned your home, it may be coming from the ductwork. Check the vents and registers; if they are dusty, that may be why flat surfaces around your house are covered and your allergies are acting up. There are a couple of reasons why this can happen. Dirt, dust, and debris may have built up inside the air ducts and are being blown through the vent openings. There could also be a blockage in a duct, which will restrict airflow and strain the entire HVAC system.
2. Unexplained Energy Bill Increases
Since dirty or clogged air ducts make your air conditioner and heater work harder, the increased electricity usage translates to a higher energy bill. If there’s been a recent increase in your monthly bill, check the latest rates. When the utility company hasn’t changed prices, yet your bill keeps increasing, the cause may be in the ducts. Leaks can be especially troublesome. Air may be going to areas where it’s not needed, such as the attic or basement, or escaping your home entirely. A professional duct cleaning can therefore determine whether any repairs are necessary.
3. Mold in the HVAC System
When moisture and condensation build-up in air ducts, there’s a perfect environment for mold to grow. And it does so fast. So, it’s therefore crucial that you act quickly when you see it near vent covers or your air conditioner. Mold can cause respiratory issues and other health problems. Call an HVAC professional to inspect the system. Also, if mold is discovered during maintenance or repairs, a technician can take measures to remove it and prevent additional growth.
4. Pest Infestation
If pests, such as rats, mice, or insects, have infested your home, chances are they’ve found their way into your AC ducts. Or, they may be gone, but waste products and remnants of their nests may be clogging your ductwork or releasing harmful contaminants. A professional, thorough duct cleaning can get rid of these, improve indoor air quality, and help your AC work more efficiently.
5. Recent Remodeling or Renovation
Home renovation and remodeling work is notorious for kicking up dust and debris, which can get caught up in the air circulation and settle in HVAC ducts. Restricted airflow will then affect comfort and temperature control throughout your home. The entire system works harder too, causing strain that can lead to major repairs or premature HVAC replacement. With this in mind, you may want to consider scheduling an air duct cleaning job after completing a major renovation or remodel.
Contact Sky Heating & Air Conditioning
Sky Heating & Air Conditioning provides professional air duct cleaning services. Our technicians are also certified to provide all types of HVAC repair and maintenance for customers in Portland and The Dalles, Oregon. We’re protecting customers and our staff from COVID-19 with enhanced sanitizing and social distancing procedures. If you have noticed any of the signs mentioned above or are otherwise concerned about your air ducts or AC system, schedule your service appointment by calling 503-673-9083 today.