The cleanliness of your air ducts affects the overall quality of the air in your home. When your air ducts are not clean, it can affect your and your family’s health. Dust, mold spores, allergens, and insect droppings, can affect even the healthiest of people. American Restoration Water and Fire, LLC understands the dangers that unseen air pollutants can cause to families, and we also understand how important it is to keep them clean. Our technicians have gathered a list of things to check for and be aware of when it comes to your air ducts.
- Dust in the Air: is your home more dusty than usual? If you notice dust floating around in your home, noticeably after your HVAC unit has turned on, you might need to replace a filter. It’s also good to check your vents for dust buildup: which can easily be cleaned with a duster or rag.
- Unusual Smell: your air ducts may need to be cleaned if you notice an odd smell coming from your vents. The best way to tell if it is coming from your air ducts is to try and determine where the smell is coming from, and if you can’t find the source, it may be your air vents.
- Presence of Mold: mold exacerbates allergies and respiratory issues and can spread easily within the home. Check your vents for the presence of mold and your HVAC system for it as well. Mold can originate at the unit and can happen if there is a water leak near your ductwork. Your local HVAC company can check for leaks and cracks in your duct system when they arrive for inspection.
- Energy Bill Higher than Usual: if you’ve been in your home for many years, your bills should be relatively predictable. If you notice big hikes in your energy bill and have taken other steps, it may be your air ducts.
There are several reasons your air ducts may need cleaning, and although it may not be at the top of your list to get done, it’s well worth it. Undetected water damage and cracked ducts go unnoticed more often than they should.
If you need your air ducts cleaned, call us at American Restoration, and our technicians can get the job done. If our techs determine mold growth, we can quickly mitigate the mold and restore any tear-out.