With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of everything you need to get done to get your home ready for our beautiful (although hot and humid) summer months.
Most people start by putting away most of their cold weather clothes, then they organize their closets and garage. Usually you’ll do a thorough cleaning of each room and even get those windows inside and out. But you’ll also want to consider those places that aren’t so easy to see, but that need the most spring cleaning attention.
One of those places are your AC unit’s air ducts. It is easy to overlook how dusty, dirty and contaminated your air ducts can get. It’s important to the health of your family and the health of your air conditioning unit, however, that you ensure the air ducts are properly cleaned on a regular basis.
Within an air conditioning unit’s air ducts, you can get a combination of mold, mildew, and fungus growth – and this is especially true with our generally mild and semi-humid winters in North Florida.
Here’s why you should be sure to include air duct cleaning on your spring cleaning list, as well as why it is a job that is best left to the professionals.
Why Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning
The most important reason for scheduling air duct cleaning regularly is to improve the indoor air quality of your home.
When your air ducts are clogged – with everything from dust mites and pollen to dander and even mold – you are at increased risk of eye and skin irritation, as well as allergies, headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, coughing, and asthma attacks.
But getting your air ducts cleaned isn’t only to benefit your health — it’s also important to the efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system. Even the thinnest layer of dust can seriously affect the flow of air through your vents. This forces your HVAC system to work much harder than it needs to. As the amount of dirt and dust clogging the air ducts continues to build, your HVAC system has to struggle to keep up with the heating and air conditioning demands of your house. The harder your HVAC system has to work, the higher your energy bills will be and the air quality in your house will suffer.
Additionally, failing to have your air ducts cleaned regularly can cause damage to the HVAC system. This damage has the potential to result in the need for very costly repairs that could have easily been avoided. When dirt and dust are able to enter into the cabinet of the HVAC, they affect the components. This can cause damaged fan blades, as well as burnt out compressors and motors. Ultimately, it can significantly shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system and result in a costly replacement of the unit.
Signs it is Time to Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
It’s important to get your air ducts cleaned regularly and the change of seasons, such as spring and fall, is a great time to do it. These are usually times of year when the weather allows you to not need to use your HVAC system as much and letting you schedule a cleaning without affecting your heating or air conditioning needs.
Even though spring and fall are good times to schedule an air duct cleaning, there are certain signs to be aware of that indicate a need to have your ducts cleaned sooner rather than later. These signs include the visible appearance of mold growth on your HVAC system or inside the ducts. Also, the release of dust particles and debris into your home through the vents and a musty mildew odor can also be signs you’re in need of air duct cleaning.
Air Duct Cleaning Process
Proper air duct cleaning involves accessing and cleaning your ductwork, air registers, fan, and the coils. It’s crucial that all the components be properly cleaned to prevent contaminants such as dust, mold, and dirt from entering your home.
This is a job that should be left to HVAC professionals, who have both the skills and equipment needed to get the job done right.
If you’re busy trying to determine what projects need to be included on your yearly spring cleaning checklist, be sure to include having your air ducts cleaned. Your and your family’s health (and your HVAC system) will appreciate it.