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5 Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

When you turned on your furnace for the first time this season, did you notice dust trailing out of your air ducts? Does it still occur?

Or maybe you’ve noticed your tables and furniture are a little dustier this year. No matter how many times you clean per week, there’s always a fine trail.5 Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Your air ducts might need cleaning. Every time your furnace turns on, it blows air throughout the ventilation system in your home. As this air feeds throughout the system, dust, pollen, hair, pet dander, flakes of dead skin, and more accumulate into the corners of your air ducts. Over time, this can settle in and create an environment perfect for dust mites and allergens to flourish.

Don’t think that because your ventilation system is out of sight, it’s also out of mind. There are ways you can tell if your ducts need cleaning.

  • Open up your vent covers and peer inside. Can you see dust and debris?
  • Look at the return air registers. Is there dust buildup on the fins?
  • Pay attention to the air filter in your heating and cooling system. Does it quickly fill with dirt and debris?
  • Peer into the furnace compartment. Is there dust around the blower fan and motor?
  • Look at your air conditioning coil. Does it have dust clinging to it?

You probably see a common theme here. Dust isn’t your heating and cooling system’s friend.

Dust restricts how well your furnace and air conditioner operate, clogging heat exchangers and conditioning coils to the point they can’t work as well as they should. Yet they still try. That means every time your heating or cooling system turns on, it uses more energy to operate, and it pushes more potential problems into your home.

The longer it operates under these less than stellar conditions, the more wear and tear it has on the operation of the equipment.

Dust in the system starts to accumulate and restrict air flow. If the motor and blower can’t function as intended, it cuts back on how powerful your heating and cooling system pushes air. That means even more dust and debris can start to accumulate on the inside of your ventilation system. Over time, it can also increase the odds of biological growth.

Having your air ducts cleaned can do several things:

  • It can make your heating and cooling equipment operate better
  • If can increase the life of your equipment by not allowing dust and debris to settle in
  • It can mean fewer repairs
  • It can mean lower energy bills
  • It also has the potential to make you sicker, increasing the likelihood of allergy or respiratory problems

Cleaning your air ducts isn’t a do-it-yourself job. If you can’t remember the last time your ducts have been cleaned, schedule an appointment today.

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