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How Do You Know If Your Home’s HVAC Ducts Need To Be Cleaned?

How Do You Know If Your Home’s HVAC Ducts Need To Be Cleaned?

Your HVAC ducts regulate temperatures and ventilate the air in your home. However, once the filters or fans get dirty, the ducts do as well. This can lead to a variety of issues.

Why Clean Your Air Ducts?

If any of the following issues arise, you should consider cleaning your HVAC system.

  • Pest infestation: If your ducts are infested with rodents, insects, or any other pests, your air ducts should be cleaned after calling an exterminator.
  • Mold: It’s smart to clean your air ducts if mold is growing in your home’s ventilation, heating, or cooling system. Mold can cause many health issues and should be dealt with immediately.
  • Dust and debris: If you notice any dust or debris clogging the HVAC duct system or filters, it needs to be cleared out. Not only will the dust and debris cause the spread of allergens, but it will also cause your system to work harder and increase power usage.
  • Increased power bill: If you notice your power bill increasing without a change in your regular lifestyle, it’s likely because your HVAC system is working harder than necessary to regulate your home’s air quality and temperatures.
  • Increase in allergies or health issues: If those living in your home begin to struggle more with allergies or have an increase in health issues, it may be because your home’s ventilation system is spreading allergens and contaminants. If the HVAC ducts are not clear, the system is doing more harm than good.

How to Clean Your Air Ducts

If you find your ducts require cleaning, you can hire a professional to clean them or do it yourself. Follow these steps to clear out your duct system.

  1. Cover floor vents. Do this so any dislodged dust can’t escape into your home.
  2. Loosen debris. Your duct system is normally in basements or crawl spaces. Knock on the system to loosen the debris.
  3. Scrub the duct. At each floor vent, scrub at the sides to further loosen debris then cover it again when you’re done.
  4. Suck up the debris. Use a vacuum to suck up the debris in each duct. Make sure the vacuum hose reaches as far down the duct as possible.
  5. Replace the filter. Finally, check the duct filter to make sure it’s not covered in dust or grime. If it is, replace it.

 

If you don’t want to deal with the mess that can happen when cleaning your ducts at Valley Restoration and Construction, we can clean your HVAC ducts for you! Contact us at (970) 964-4437 to learn more about our HVAC cleaning services for residential and commercial spaces.

The Effects of a Dirty HVAC System

The Effects of a Dirty HVAC System

HVAC systems regulate the air in your home through heating, cooling, and ventilation. However, if your HVAC is not working correctly due to a lack of repair or a dirty system, it can have many negative effects on your home’s indoor air quality.

A dirty HVAC system usually starts with a dirty air filter. When the filter builds up with dust and debris, the only thing getting through the filter is even more dust and debris. This builds up in your ventilation system and therefore harms your air quality. These filters must be changed out every 1-3 months to keep your system working at its full capacity and keeping your indoor air quality as clean as possible.

What Kind of Contaminants Enter Your Home?

Air contaminants are constantly entering your home through all directions, and your HVAC system helps to reduce these contaminants.

  • Cleansers, glues, and pesticides can add to the volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and toxic vapors in the air.
  • Building materials often create dust, fiberglass particles, and asbestos.
  • Those living in your building create contaminants like perfume, carbon dioxide, and tobacco smoke.
  • Paint, carpet, furniture may create off-gas emissions that add gases and odors to fill the air.
  • Fabric and furniture also lead to the production of dust and dust mites.
  • Any place in your home with water can lead to mold, bacteria, and other microorganisms that float around in the air you breathe.

Effects of a Dirty Ventilation System

  • Allergens: With dirty air ducts come allergens that float around in your home’s air. Allergens can easily cause headaches, itchy eyes, fatigue, itchy skin, and more. It can cause mild to extreme discomfort to not just those living in your home, but also anyone who may be visiting.
  • Health Issues: Similarly, health issues may arise when your indoor air quality is poorly regulated. Asthma and other breathing irregularities, stubborn colds, and heightened lung disease symptoms may arise with ineffective ventilation systems.
  • Inefficient Temperature Regulation: Poor airflow also causes your heating and cooling systems to ultimately fail. The system fails to take in and convert air because it’s blocked by so much debris and dust.
  • Higher Costs: Because of the poor airflow and inefficient temperature regulation, your system has to work much harder in order to heat, cool, and ventilate your home. This leads to using more power and, therefore, a higher power bill. You can save a lot more money by simply changing out the filter every few months.

Changing a dirty air filter is a quick and easy process, but repairing and cleaning the HVAC system after damage has been done is more of a challenge. Contact Valley Restoration and Construction at (970) 964-4437 to get started on cleaning out your home’s ventilation system