Over time, dust and debris can build up in your ductwork. This can limit airflow and cause your furnace to work harder to heat your home. This dirt and dust can also be blown into your home, causing respiratory and allergy problems. Cleaning ducts helps eliminate air flow obstructions and air quality concerns.
Tips for Cleaning Your Air Ducts
If you suspect that duct cleaning is in order, there are a few steps you can take on your own to help troubleshoot the problem.
- Check for clogs – If your ducts don’t seem to be allowing even air flow, you might have one or more clogged duct sections. A blocked duct can result in air forcing its way out in other areas, or opening up leaks in the ducts.
- Check for mold – You need professional duct cleaning if you see mold in or around your ducts. Spotting mold deep within your ducts is difficult, but you can use a flashlight to see some of the ductwork. Any visible mold needs to be addressed to preserve indoor air quality.
- Check for dust – If you notice an accumulation of dust on the vents, it means dust is building up inside your ductwork.
- Clean where you can reach – There are parts of your ductwork that you cannot reach, but you can do some cleaning on your own by removing dust and debris where you can. Use your vacuum cleaner attachment to reach deep inside the ducts, vacuuming the dust you can see. Clean the vent covers with soap and water.
Doing It Yourself Versus Hiring a Professional
If the ductwork has minor dust accumulation, you can clean what you can see and access with a vacuum and some warm, soapy water. If the dust and debris is heavy, or if you notice mold, you can assume that this is a problem in inaccessible parts of your ducts as well. You’ll want to call a professional for detailed duct cleaning.
The good news is that forced-air heating and cooling systems with proper air filtration, and frequent changing of air filters seldom require duct cleaning. However, if you need to have your ducts inspected or cleaned in your Sarasota or Lakewood area home, contact the team at Climatic Conditioning Co., Inc., your source for quality ductwork cleaning and all of your other HVAC service needs.
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