Awareness about air quality has come in the spotlight in the recent years. It’s only understandable, considering that we spend around 90% of our day indoors. Ducts have a lot to contribute to the indoor air quality in your home or office. A moderate amount of dust is to be expected in ducts, but how much is too much? And is duct cleanliness really all that important? Here’s what your air conditioning and heating Poway specialist has to say (operating in the wider San Diego area as well).
How do you know if your ducts need cleaning?
Ducts are out of your sight and unless you send in a camera, you can’t know for certain how dirty the deep of your ducts is. But if what you can see is dusty and dirty, then you can make a fair guess that what you can’t see also needs cleaning. Here are the places you can check:
- Are there coatings of dust and fuzzy build-up on return air registers?
- Are there dust and debris behind the vent covers?
- Are air filters choked with dust?
- Is there dust in the furnace compartment – on the blower fan and the motor?
- Is there dust on the coil or coil housing?
What do you risk if your ducts are dirty?
Dirt and dust put a strain on your HVAC system, extending its run time and making it consume more energy than usual to achieve the temperature you desire. A system which is dirty is also prevented from circulating the air properly, which is part of the strain we have mentioned. A strained system gets more wear and tear, which reduces the system’s lifetime and efficiency.
A home with dirty ductwork also has a high level of allergens in the air, which can cause respiratory issues with sensitive residents, most notably seniors and children.
Finally, dirt and dust in the ductwork means that dust is constantly circulated around the home, which makes it difficult to maintain the home clean.
How can you prevent your ductwork from getting dirty?
There are a few things you can do to ensure your ducts never actually need cleaning. Your air filters are your first line of defense. Not only should you regularly change them, but you should also get good-quality ones. If you’re unsure which filters you should get, consult reliable air conditioning and heating Poway companies or the area you live in.
Always hire a reputable and experienced HVAC contractor to install new systems. A proper installation includes well sealed ducts, which means both higher system efficiency and fewer entry points for dust, debris and dirt.
When you replace your air conditioning system, it is advisable that you also replace the ductwork. Insulation and materials used for ducts tend to deteriorate over time, so if you are replacing the whole air conditioner, get new ductwork too.
Vacuum weekly and dust weekly or bi-weekly. This will reduce the amount of dust circulating through the home in the first place. This is especially important if your vents are above the floor, rather than below the ceiling.
When should you have your ducts cleaned?
If you replace your air filters regularly and if your system is generally in good condition, you shouldn’t have your ducts cleaned as part of the yearly maintenance. It’s advised that you have them cleaned every 3 to 5 years, according to your lifestyle and needs. If any of these apply to your home, your ducts will need more frequent cleaning:
- There are smokers in the home, who smoke indoors
- You have pets who shed a lot
- You have recently done some home remodeling
- Your vents are above the floor
- You are moving into a new home
- You are installing a new air conditioner (provided the ductwork is compatible with the new unit)
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