Telling Signs You Should Get Your A/C Ducts Cleaned

Telling Signs You Should Get Your A/C Ducts CleanedHow do you know when to get your A/C ducts cleaned? Most of the time, you should hire a professional with the expertise and tools to determine what your duct symptoms actually signify. Installed inside wall spaces, routed through the attic or beneath the home, large portions of ductwork are not easily accessible to the average homeowner.

To know for certain whether you need your A/C ducts cleaned, have a qualified professional perform an evaluation. Be alert to symptoms that may signify dirt or contamination in ductwork.

Visible Dust

When your system cycles on, do you notice dust, dirt or cobwebs drifting out of the supply grilles in your living space? If there’s enough dust or dirt to form a visible presence in the air when the blower starts up, you may have an excessive accumulation of dust inside your ductwork.

Mold Growth, if it’s Verified

If toxic mold is growing inside your duct system, it’s probably in a location only an HVAC technician has access to. However, if you glimpse anything that looks like organic mold—or you suspect the presence of mold somewhere in your home—have your ducts examined by a professional.

Insect or Rodent Occupation

If insects or rodents have taken up residence in your ducts, you’ll definitely need a duct cleaning. Bees nests and rodent droppings are primary indicators of duct infestation, which must be resolved for a healthy indoor environment.

Moisture Past or Present

If moisture from sources, such as roof leaks or A/C condensation, has ever infiltrated ductwork, you may benefit from a duct cleaning. Moisture inside ducts provide the perfect breeding ground for toxic mold and bacteria growth, which may persist even after the triggering source of moisture has been eliminated.

Contact the professionals at Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning for a complete duct inspection and an informed, objective evaluation before you have your A/C ducts cleaned. We’ve been serving the homeowners of Wabash Valley since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana 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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  1. Posted July 2, 2015 at 8:47 am | Permalink
    If you are thinking of hiring a company for the air duct cleaning of your home, make sure that you pick one that uses only natural materials. If you use some that uses toxic materials, you might end up with more damage than good done.

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