Unless you have a ductless HVAC system in your home, duct cleaning services should be a major part of your HVAC maintenance.
Air ducts/vents help deliver air-conditioned air from your AC or furnace to different home sections. But ducts are prone to accumulating dust and sometimes facilitating mildew growth. Neglecting to clean your air ducts can thus result in poor air quality.
However, there are several ways to tell if your air ducts are dirty and need cleaning. If you haven't cleaned your air ducts in a long time, here are three signs that indicate you need duct cleaning services.
1. Poor or No Air Flow
When you turn on your AC or furnace, there should be a steady stream of warm or cool air emanating from your vents. But, if there is little or no airflow from the vents, your ducts may be to blame.
In most cases, you might assume your AC or furnace fan has stopped working. But in reality, the lack of airflow is due to an accumulation of dust in the air ducts. When excess dust settles in the air ducts, it can cause your air ducts to clog. As a result, the clog restricts or blocks the flow of air-conditioned air in the vents.
So, the next time you don't get enough airflow from your vents, consider calling duct cleaning services.
2. Poor Air Quality
Neglected air ducts can deteriorate the quality of air in your home. For instance, if there is dust in your air ducts, the dust will blow into your house every time you turn on the HVAC system. As a result, you will experience frequent sneezing due to the dust particles irritating your nose.
Furthermore, if your air ducts have mildew, mold spores contaminate the air you breathe. Thus, you are bound to experience frequent allergic reactions to the mold spores contaminating your air. Common allergic reactions caused by inhaling mold spores include frequent asthma attacks and stuffy noses.
If the air quality in your home is deteriorating every time you turn on the HVAC system, schedule a duct cleaning service immediately.
3. Energy Bills Keep Rising
It is common for energy bills to fluctuate depending on how you use your HVAC system. But, if your energy bills keep rising even if you don't make any changes to your HVAC use, there could be an issue.
Steadily rising energy bills could indicate your HVAC system has lost its efficiency, and thus it is using more energy than usual. However, if you service your HVAC system but still encounter higher energy bills every month, you may have dirty or clogged air ducts.
When your air ducts accumulate too much dust, they force your HVAC system to work harder to push air through the dusty ducts. Therefore, your HVAC system uses more energy to compensate for the poor airflow caused by accumulated dust in the ducts.
If you receive higher energy bills every month, you should consider scheduling a duct cleaning service.