It’s easy to forget about your air ducts. After all, there are many more important things demanding your attention every day; who has time to think about such a small issue? However, if you leave your ducts dirty, you could be causing some serious health problems for you and your family. Dirty, dead skin cells, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and fungi collect in your ducts, and if they aren’t cleaned, everyone in your household is breathing in these hazardous allergens. Not only that, the more debris accumulates in your ducts, the more your HVAC system has to work, leading to higher energy costs for you. Clearly, it is in homeowner’s best interest to regularly clean their ducts, but not everyone is aware of how to tell when it’s time to clean them. We have compiled a list of the telltale signs you need to clean your ducts below to help you identify when it’s time to call North Central Florida Heating and Air.
Dirty Air Vents
The clearest, most visible sign of dirty air ducts can be seen in your air vents. Over time, your vents collect dust and dirt. Once you begin to notice this accumulation, it’s time to have your ducts cleaned. For a better idea of how dirty your ducts really are, you may need to open up your vents to see the accumulation inside. If you see dirt and debris on the inside of your vents, it indicates that your air ducts also need cleaning.
Mold can be dangerous, particularly for individuals with asthma or allergies. That is why it is important to address it promptly. Inspect your air ducts for visible mold infestation. Mold growing indicates that there is moisture in your air ducts which indicates that they may be having air flow issues caused by the accumulation of dirt. Because mold is so hazardous, it’s important to promptly call North Central Florida Heating and Air for our duct cleaning services to prevent it from spreading further.
Clogged Air Filters
It’s important to make it a habit to check your air filters every month to avoid clogging. If your air filters appear to be clogged with debris, this is an indication that your air ducts are also dirty. If your air filters are clogged, you need to take care of your dirty ducts ASAP. Contact North Central Florida Heating and Air and we will promptly come clean them.
A Dusty Home
Dirty air ducts generally translate to less air flow throughout the home. This means that less dusty air flows through the ducts and filters, and more settles on your furniture instead. Even if airflow hasn’t been significantly reduced, the air that does get through will not be as clean, leading to more dust and dirt in the home. If you seem to be dusting way more often than usual, it’s likely an issue with your air ducts. Call us to have use evaluate your air ducts and clean them as necessary.
Insect or Rodent Infestation
Air ducts are where most pests want to hang out in your home. This is most true for dirty air ducts, as insects and rodents can feast on your dust and debris. If you have any pests in your air ducts, this is a very strong indication that you need to have them cleaned. Chances are, if there are pests in your air ducts, they are also leaving behind droppings and hair, contributing more to the dirtiness of your ducts and eventually, the air you breathe. If you find any signs of pests in your air ducts, it’s important to call a professional.
Inefficient HVAC System
Dirty air ducts often restrict the function of heating and cooling systems. When using your heating system, if the heat exchangers are clogged, they aren’t able to warm properly. Meanwhile, during those hot Florida summers, you will struggle to cool your home with dirty condensing coils. If it seems like your HVAC system isn’t doing its job, it could be an indication of dirty air ducts.
These signs can indicate that you need duct cleaning, but if you suspect any issues with your ducts, it is important to call in a professional to assess. At North Central Florida Heating and Air, we specialize in a variety of duct services, including repair, replacement, and cleaning. Contact us today for a free estimate!