When it comes to cleaning and caring for your home or business, there are many obvious areas that require attention. But what about the things you cannot see, such as your air ducts, an entire network of pipes that circulate air for heating and cooling purposes? Dirty air ducts create a number of headaches for home and business owners.
Dirt and dust pile-ups reduce air quality and increase the amount of allergens your HVAC system produces in the air. A dirty system also has to work harder to maintain set temperatures which can damage a system and require costly repairs.
Here are three easy to spot signs that your air ducts need to be cleaned.
Visible Dust Build-Up
Check around the outside of your vent covers, both outgoing vents and the air return register. Look for visible build-up on the vent covers. If you can see dust on the outside of the vent, there is likely much more inside. Shine a flashlight through the vent to get a better view.
Signs of Life
You may not see actual rodents or insects through your vents, but look for signs like nesting or droppings. These uninvited guests can cause major problems for an HVAC system and should be addressed swiftly. Keeping up with air duct maintenance can prevent critters, too.
Mold is not something to take lightly in your home or business and poses a serious health risk. Look for signs of water or moisture. If you can see or smell evidence of mold, contact a professional immediately.
If you spot any of these issues, it’s time to call in the experts at Carpet Tech. If you can’t remember the last time you had your air ducts professionally cleaned, it’s probably time. We can help you assess your situation with a free video inspection of your air duct system.