Many homeowners worry about the unnecessary expense of having their air ducts cleaned when they don’t really need to be, and rightly so. But it’s also a mistake to avoid duct cleaning when a problem exists. Use these guidelines to help you decide if it’s time to have your ducts cleaned:
- Do your ducts have visible mold growth? Mold growing in ductwork usually means that water is leaking in somewhere, which means that two steps are required. First, the source of the leak must be found and stopped, otherwise mold will just grow back. Then the ducts should be thoroughly cleaned.
- Are your ducts infested with vermin? A variety of rodents and insects can make air ducts their home. Where there’s vermin, there’s animal waste, and this creates an unsanitary condition that should be eliminated.
- Can you see dust and debris buildup in your ducts? A visual inspection is often the best way to determine if your ducts need to be cleaned; just open a heating register and shine a flashlight inside. Dust and other particles can build up in ductwork over time, and at a certain point, these materials can start to come loose and be blown out into your air.
- Are you having trouble with furnace air flow? This issue can be caused by a number of problems, but ducts being blocked by debris is one of them. Another common cause is leaky or disconnected air ducts. In either case, having your ductwork inspected can determine the cause and solve the problem.
- Has there been recent construction in your house? Construction releases all sorts of fumes and particles into the air — sawdust, insulation fibers, drywall particles and paint fumes among them. Duct cleaning is a good idea if you are moving into a newly constructed home, or if you live in an older home that has had recent renovations.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about duct cleaning, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
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