Have you noticed little wisps of dust puffing out from an air duct every time you turn on your home's heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system? Have you seen dust or pet hair trapped in a vent? Is there dust coating the grill on the return air registers? These might be indications that your home's duct work might be due for a thorough cleaning.
Inside your HVAC system, fine dust collects on air duct surfaces, vents, motors, and coils. Flakes of dead skin, hair, and pet dander catch onto the dust, and before too long this process creates a dense, mat-like environment where bacteria, mould, dust mites, and allergens can flourish. Air filters remove most of these from the air stream, but not for all parts of the HVAC system. That's why it's important to periodically check the condition of your air ducts to see if they could use air duct cleaning services
1. Open one of your vent covers and look inside. See if it contains any dirt, debris, or matted dust.
2. Examine the return air registers for dust buildup, particularly if there are thick, fuzzy coatings of dust.
3. Pull out the air filter. If the air filter is clogged with dust, then air flow is being choked off. This lets more dust settle and build up in the return ductwork.
4. Open the furnace compartment. Examine the blower fan and motor for signs of dust as well as the furnace controls. The more dust you see, the bigger the problem you have.
5. Look at the air conditioning coil. (You may need to remove a panel.) If the coil is dusty or has dust clinging to the housing walls, then the air filter hasn't been working properly.
Any of these indicators show that your HVAC system and ductwork is being adversely affected by too much dust and dirt.
So what trouble's in a little dirt and dust? Plenty. There are a number of problems caused by dirty ducts, ranging from increased energy costs to health problems:
Experts advise having your air ducts cleaned every 2 to 3 years to prevent many maintenance and health problems before they start. However, homes with pets or children with allergies should have their air ducts professionally cleaned more frequently than the recommended average. The top five benefits of cleaning your air ducts are:
Cleaning the ducts of your HVAC system can be a do-it-yourself project, with the proper instructions from a trusted online source or a DIY manual. However, for a more thorough cleaning, hire a certified cleaning professional. They will use industry-standard equipment designed to handle the size and volume of all kinds of homes, ensuring cleaner, healthier indoor air in your home.
If your HVAC system requires more than duct cleaning, and requires repair or needs to be replaced, contact Direct Energy Home Services. To learn more about our sales and installation services, or to have a Direct Energy Home Services representative contact you, click here.
Note: These tips are suggested as general practices. However, actual results may vary.