You're probably aware of the growing issues surrounding poor indoor air quality (IAQ). While you can take many steps to achieve a healthier home, one of the most effective ways to improve IAQ is to have the ductwork cleaned.
Duct cleaning isn’t necessary in every situation and it’s not guaranteed to decrease allergy and asthma symptoms, but in some situations, it could make a huge difference in the quality of your indoor air. Watch for these three warning signs that a cleaning of your ductwork is needed.
Visible Mold Growth
If you’re allergic to mold, colonies growing within the ducts could send symptom-flaring spores into the air every time you run the air conditioner. It’s important to conduct a visual inspection of the ductwork. Professionals often have unique cameras they can send into the ducts for such inspections.
Wet insulation is another sign mold could be growing in or around your ductwork. Replace this insulation before performing a duct cleaning or the problem will continue reappearing.
The last thing you want to find in your ducts is a bird nest, animal hideout or beehive. However, if you hear flapping wings, scurrying or buzzing, you could certainly have a vermin problem on your hands. Along with calling an exterminator, it may be necessary to have a duct cleaning performed to remove animal droppings and nest remnants once the animals are cleared out.
Excessive Dust and Debris
If it's been years since you've had your ductwork examined, it’s possible the walls are coated with dust, animal hair and other debris. Chunks of this filthy lining detach from duct walls when you run the air conditioner, contaminating the air you breathe. Duct cleaning removes this debris so dust isn’t blown into your home through supply registers.
For more information about the benefits of duct cleaning, please check out Air Control Heating & Cooling’s indoor air quality services or call us at 850-391-4300 to set up an appointment.