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Everything Homeowners Need To Know About Air Duct Cleaning

A home’s HVAC air ducts are, by design, kept out of sight and out of mind. After all, they’re not the most aesthetically pleasing things in the world, and they take up a fair amount of space, so they’re usually tucked away inside the attic or crawlspace. So it’s easy to understand why many homeowners tend to forget that they exist - not to mention that they need to be cleaned and maintained occasionally!

Over time, air ducts can collect dust and debris that’s escaped the grasp of the air filters or snuck in through gaps and leaks in the ductwork itself. In some cases, mold, mildew, and even vermin can infest the ducts - yuck! To prevent these unwanted infestations, having the ducts inspected and cleaned periodically by a professional is a good idea. This article will discuss why clean ducts are so important when it’s time for duct cleaning and a few ways to help keep ducts cleaner in the long run.

Why Have the Air Ducts Be Cleaned?

air ductIt may be a good idea to schedule an air duct cleaning for a few reasons. Dirty air ducts are a haven for bacteria, dust mites, and mold growth (particularly in humid climates like Florida). These contaminants can exacerbate spring allergies and irritate respiratory systems, so removing them will generally have some health benefits for everyone in the home. 

Dirty ducts also tend to produce unpleasant odors (especially if contaminated with mold, mildew, or vermin), so duct cleaning can help the indoor air smell cleaner and fresher while improving indoor air quality.

In extreme cases, there may even be enough dirt, dust, and other debris inside the duct system to interfere with HVAC components or even form blockages in the ducts themselves, hindering performance and efficiency. Air duct cleaning can dramatically improve energy efficiency and protect the unit from damage in these cases.

Signs That It’s Time for Duct Cleaning

There’s not an agreed-upon interval for duct cleaning that will apply to every home. Instead, it should generally be done on an as-needed basis. So how can homeowners tell if their ducts need to be cleaned? There are a few signs to watch for:

  • Dirty air registers & vents
  • Unpleasant odors coming from the vents (that could mean musty smells, odors of animal droppings, or even just a perpetually stale or dusty smell)
  • Surfaces tend to get dusty faster than normal
  • Weak airflow coming from the vents
  • Higher energy bills (a possible sign of debris hindering the HVAC system’s performance)
  • Increased allergy symptoms or respiratory irritation

If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact their local HVAC specialist to perform an inspection and determine if dirty air ducts are to blame.

Tips for Keeping Ductwork Clean

air filterBetween professional air duct cleaning services, homeowners can take steps to help keep their ducts as clean as possible. This will save money by extending the interval between cleanings and helping the AC and furnace operate more efficiently. It will also help maintain cleaner air inside the home year-round.

The first (and arguably most important) way to keep the ducts clean is to replace air filters on time - usually every 2-3 months for most homes. Clean air filters allow for better airflow through the ducts and are better able to capture particulates that would otherwise accumulate in the ductwork.

In addition to regular air filter replacement, homeowners can keep the house clean by keeping the ducts clean. Regularly dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming will minimize the overall amount of dust that can become trapped in the ducts. It’s also a good idea to keep all the registers open so that dust doesn’t accumulate in the sections of ductwork that serve those individual vents. 

And in humid regions like Florida, it may be worth investing in a dehumidifier to reduce the risk of mold growth and bacterial contamination in the ducts. With all of these tactics, homeowners can breathe easier and go longer between professional air duct cleanings!

About AAA Modern Air

AAA Modern Air has proudly served Dania Beach and surrounding areas since 1969. Their commitment to every customer’s safety, comfort, and satisfaction has earned them numerous 5-star reviews and awards - including the Angie’s List Super Service Award for several years. They offer free estimates, 24/7 emergency service, a money-saving maintenance plan, and a rock-solid 100% satisfaction guarantee - so there’s no one better to call for air duct cleaning in Dania Beach, FL!

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