Your home’s air vents and ducts play a key role in keeping it cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Some homeowners, however, aren’t aware that ducts and vents need regular care in order to function properly. While duct cleaning is not recommended as a DIY project, it is important to have an experienced and skilled professional clean the ducts in your home.
The benefits of duct cleaning
Other than ensuring that your HVAC system functions properly, duct cleaning can have significant benefits to your family’s comfort at home. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has found evidence that proper duct cleaning can be beneficial and improve your indoor air quality, reducing allergies and illnesses.
Duct cleaning can also potentially help you save some money in the long run. Dirty air ducts can restrict the air flow through the ducts, thereby impeding the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system. The result of this is that your cooled or heated air struggles to bring the room to the desired temperature, and you end up spending more to get your home’s inside climate how you want it.
Signs that your ducts need good cleaning
Excessive dust and dirt: Ducts and vents can become so severely clogged that dust is expelled from your vents when you turn your HVAC system on.
Mold: Mold grows quickly in moist dust commonly found in ductwork. Mold can lead to a number of health issues, so it’s important to call in a professional if you suspect there may be some growing in your ducts.
You have pets: Having pets can lead to a buildup of hair and dander in your home’s ducts. This can potentially lessen the efficiency of your HVAC system and cause respiratory issues if the hair and dander is released back into the air of your home.
Vermin infestation: No one wants to think about bugs and rodents living in their home, but your ductwork is the ideal location for their home. If you see bugs, mice or any other vermin in your ducts, it’s time to call in the pros for a thorough duct cleaning.
Avoiding duct cleaning scams
We’ve all received them –the phone calls, usually around dinnertime, trying to sell us on the idea of having our ducts cleaned. In addition to claiming that duct cleaning is necessary annually, these companies will often quote a suspiciously low price. Once they’re in your home, however, they’ll quickly tell you they’ve found mold or other serious problems that will require thousands of dollars’ worth of additional work.
If you are interested in having your ducts cleaned, but are still uncertain about those dinnertime callers, you can take some time to conduct your own research. Look online or in the YellowPages and you are sure to find a list of qualified professionals in your area. Online, you can read reviews of these different professionals, and in some cases even view their equipment, and book a time that’s most convenient for you, rather than having to make a speedy, uninformed decision at the dinner table.
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