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Air Duct Cleaning: Why Is It Important?

by The Cooling Company, on Aug 29, 2014 6:59:37 AM

The old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” may be true, but letting some problems go untreated just because you can't see them on a daily basis could put your health at risk.

If you have a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, you have to keep it properly maintained. This involves cleaning it out from time to time. Every day pollen, dust and other particles get trapped in the air ducts and may cause a blockage that destroys the HVAC system.

air ductsThese are four reasons why you should clean your air ducts!

Mold Growth

If moisture gets into the air ducts of your building, there is a good chance that mold can start to develop. This can be very dangerous to your health because the HVAC system can spread it throughout your entire home or business. When mold is spread throughout a building via the HVAC system, you are likely to experience symptoms such as headaches, watery eyes, skin disorders, upset stomach and fatigue.

Thankfully, mold in air ducts is easy to identify. Sometimes it will be visible in the air ducts. Other times, you will be able to identify it via a bad odor coming from the air ducts. Once the mold is removed from the HVAC system, you can prevent it from coming back by keeping the humidity low in your home or business.

Infestation of Insects, Rodents or Vermin

If bugs are coming into your home or business via the air ducts, they might have come in through a hole in the duct. The thing to remember is that insects don't like direct, forced air. If you put a fan on a roach, it would move away from it immediately. This is because the air current dries out a roach's exoskeleton.

If there is a lot of debris in the air duct, it offers insects or rodents shelter from the air flow to survive in the air duct for a long period of time. It is also common for rodents and insects to look for shelter in air ducts during the spring and fall, when air ducts aren't used as much. It is when you turn them back on that they quickly look for an escape into your home or business.

Clogged Air Ducts

Dust and debris is found in every home or business no matter how clean you try to keep it. Over time, these particles start to clog air ducts. This is easily noticeable when you feel limited low air flow from the vents. The problem is that you have to run your HVAC system a lot more to keep the building warm or cold because the air is not fully circulating in the building, thus costing you more power and money.

ventcleanParticles Visibly Being Released Into the Air

If you see particles flying out of your vents every time your air turns on, there is a good chance that you need to clean the air ducts. This is a sign that the dust in your air vents has not gotten bad enough to clog it, but enough that the particles shoot out every time you use your system. As a result, dust will build up quick in your home.

If your air ducts look dirty, it's probably time to have them professionally cleaned. Call The Cooling Company today, and get your HVAC system running like new! 702-567-0707.

Topics:Ventilation

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