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Top Signs You Could Benefit from Air Duct Cleaning

The air ducts of your central HVAC system pass invisibly throughout your home, delivering heated and cooled air to each room. Although these ducts lie out of sight, they play a vital role not only in your home’s ultimate comfort, but in the quality of your indoor air and the efficiency of your HVAC system as well. Even if you schedule regular HVAC maintenance, this service does not include general care and cleaning of your air ducts, which is recommended every three to five years, depending on your home and your needs. Knowing how to spot the signs that you could benefit from air duct cleaning will alert you when it’s time to schedule this service with your Sacramento HVAC company.

Visible Buildup Inside Vents

One of the simplest ways you can determine whether your home could benefit from air duct cleaning is a visual inspection of your ducts. Although you cannot access the majority of your ducts, you can see the very ends of the ducts by peering through the air registers that deliver air to each room of your home. Using a flashlight, inspect the visible portions of your ducts through the registers. If you can spot buildup inside the duct, such as piles of dust or dirty streaks along the metal, it’s time to schedule air duct cleaning to address them.

An Increase in Allergy or Asthma Symptoms

Dirty ducts contribute dust, pollen, mold spores, and more to your indoor air, affecting its overall quality and breathability. Even if you have an effective air filter or air cleaner in place, the cleaned air will flow through dirty ducts and pick up airborne contaminants along the way. If you’ve noticed an increase in allergy or asthma symptoms at home, it could be due to indoor air pollutants associated with buildup inside your ducts, especially if replacing your furnace filter has not improved the situation. Air duct cleaning will thoroughly remove any buildup that has developed inside the ducts, ensuring your filter or air cleaner can do its job more effectively for cleaner, healthier home air.

Recent Renovation or Home Disaster

Construction, flooding, and pest infestations can all contribute to added buildup inside your air ducts. If you’ve recently completed a home renovation project, it’s a good idea to schedule duct cleaning to remove the fine particulate matter that often settles inside your ducts as a result. Even when contractors take pains to contain work, these particles can easily escape and wreak havoc on your HVAC system for months. Alternatively, if you’ve recently experienced a flood, mold problem, or pest infestation at home, it’s also a good idea to schedule air duct cleaning once the situation has been handled. All of these problems can contribute unhealthy particles to your home’s air that can settle inside your ducts and continue posing a health concern long after other cleanup has been completed.

Is it time to schedule air duct cleaning for your Sacramento home? We are pleased to offer complete HVAC and indoor air quality services and solutions, including air duct cleaning, air filter installation, and AC and heating maintenance, repair, and replacement. You can find out more about the benefits of air duct cleaning for your home on our blog, or reach an HVAC expert via our website to get started.