As you get your home ready for winter and perform routine fall maintenance like trimming trees, cleaning out your gutters, check to see if your HVAC system needs a good duct cleaning.
How To Know If Your Ducts Need To Be Cleaned
Your ducts probably need to be cleaned if any of the following statements are true about your home:
- You have recently had an infestation of vermin or insects.
- Dust or debris blows out of the vents when the system is running.
- You can look inside the vents and see dust, debris or mold.
The Benefits of Duct Cleaning
Cleaning the air ducts serves two primary purposes: improving indoor air quality and preventing certain allergy triggers. Whatever is in your ducts, in effect, gets blown into your home. That includes insect droppings, pet fur and dust. In humid climates, moisture combines with dust and debris to create a mold problem. Any of these particles can trigger allergies or respiratory problems for those who are sensitive.
How To Clean Your Air Ducts
One option for cleaning your ducts is to soak a rag in a bleach and water solution and wipe down the inside of the ducts as far as you can reach. Keep in mind that using harsh chemicals to clean could cause fumes to blow throughout the house.
The problem with clean ducts yourself is that you can only reach so far into the ductwork, meaning the ducts only get partially cleaned.
A better option is to hire a licensed professional to do the duct cleaning. They use special equipment to reach the entire system of ducts. The HVAC professionals at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal stand at the ready to service your ducts, your air conditioner and your heater. Give us a call.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about duct cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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