Do Your Ducts Need Cleaning?
Ducts are used to circulate air throughout your home using the HVAC system that you have for cooling and heating. These ducts carry debris and dust, and they can become inhabited by mold or even rodents. Cleaning your ducts is an important part of proper HVAC maintenance. It will make the cooling and heating system in your home much more efficient, which will allow you to save on your utility bills. In addition, this will provide better regulation of the air temperature in your home. At Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer duct cleaning services both residentially and commercially.
When Should I Have My Ducts Cleaned?
The EPA recommends cleaning your ducts under three serious circumstances that could have potential hazards for your health and home:
- Mold: You should have your ducts cleaned if they are harboring a significant amount of mold growth inside. In addition, you should have your contractor perform an inspection to determine the cause of the mold and replace any parts of the HVAC system if necessary, as mold will only continue growing otherwise.
- Vermin: Your ducts should absolutely be professionally cleaned if they have an infestation of any type of vermin, which means insects and rodents. These pests could make their way into your home and cause serious damage. Having them removed from your ducts immediately is imperative.
- Clogs: Finally, you should also seek duct cleaning services if your ducts have become clogged with dust or other debris. If these particles are being released into your home, your ducts need immediate attention. Your HVAC system should never send dirty air throughout your living space.
What are the Benefits of Duct Cleaning?
Research has shown that duct cleaning will greatly increase the productivity of your HVAC heating and cooling system. If your ducts are extremely dirty, this can improve by up to 40%. These savings in terms of efficiency will translate directly into savings on your bills for cooling and heating. In addition, cleaning your ducts is very beneficial if they are facing an infestation. Vermin could move from the ducts into your home, which would cause a major issue.
While there is no conclusive evidence showing the specific health benefits of duct cleaning, duct cleaning does have the advantage of preventing dust particles from entering your home. This is important if anyone in your household has dust allergies or asthma. Furthermore, duct cleaning will improve the quality of the air circulating throughout your home, which is always a plus.
What are the Signs of Dirty Ducts?
There are various symptoms you can watch for to see if your ducts are in need of cleaning. First, check for anything that is discharged from the ducts – dust, debris, cobwebs, or other particles. If you notice these flying throughout your home (especially when you adjust the temperature), it is likely that your ducts are clogged. Second, watch for any visible mold growth in areas where you can see the inside of your ducts. This will indicate that mold has already taken up residence further in your ducts and is moving outward. Finally, if you see dead insects or small animal droppings, you may have a vermin infestation.
Choose Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling provides duct cleaning services both for residential homes and commercial spaces. Our commercial work first involves using a small camera that can perform a simple duct inspection. Next, we utilize a rotating brush vacuum that sweeps and brushes the inside of your ducts and then vacuums away any debris, dust, or dirt. This simple system has many benefits for your employees, who may develop health problems after working in an environment with unclean air. For home duct cleaning, this system will keep your family members safe from potential allergens.
At Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we have over 50 years of combined experience in all areas of HVAC service. Our duct cleaning services are proven to increase HVAC system efficiency and make the air cleaner for all inhabitants and employees, no matter what type of building the ducts are located in. Contact us today to inquire further about our duct cleaning service or to schedule an appointment for inspection.