Your ductwork is one of the most important components of your heating and cooling system. Its job is to deliver conditioned air throughout your home, helping to maintain a comfortable, consistent temperature. Maintaining your duct system is usually as simple as locating and sealing air leaks. However, one additional problem that you may run into is dirty ductwork. When dirt, dust and contaminants build up inside your ducts, they can be picked up and distributed throughout your home every time your furnace or air conditioner kicks on.
Although duct cleaning is generally not recommended as a part of regular system maintenance, there are several situations that warrant hiring a professional to clean your ducts. These situations include:
- Visible mold growth. If you have mold growing inside or around your ductwork, it’s important for the health and well-being of everyone living in your home to have it removed. Otherwise, mold spores can be spread throughout your house, often resulting in health problems or structural damage.
- Rodents, snakes, insects or other vermin. If any small animals or insects have taken up residence in your home’s ductwork, you should call a professional duct cleaning company to remove them and their droppings and any other waste products.
- Excessive dust or debris. If dust comes out of your registers when your furnace kicks on or you can see areas of your ductwork that are filled with excessive dust and debris, a good cleaning is probably in order.
If you decide to hire a duct cleaning company, don’t hesitate to ask for references from past clients. Additionally, check that the company is licensed to work in your area. Finally, be sure to get an estimate of how much the project will cost and how long it will take to complete before the company begins work.
In cases where your ducts are dirty or contaminated with potentially harmful pollutants, duct cleaning can make a world of difference. If you live in the Greater Cleveland area and would like to schedule a time to have your ducts cleaned or inspected, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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