While cleaning up the area around your HVAC system and scheduling a spring tune-up are great ways to keep your heating and cooling system in great repair, it’s also important to consider the condition of your home’s ductwork. Duct cleaning is a professional service that removes dirt, dust, and other buildup from inside your home’s ductwork. While you don’t need to schedule duct cleaning every year, having your ducts checked every few years and cleaned when necessary can have a positive impact on the efficiency of your HVAC system, your comfort at home, and your energy savings.
The basics of duct cleaning
Your home’s ducts are installed behind walls, floors, and ceilings, making them impossible to access and clean without the right equipment. While you can easily take a few moments to clean your air registers during your regular home cleaning routine, only a professional HVAC service can perform a proper air duct cleaning. During air duct cleaning, a high-powered vacuum system is used to remove dirt, dust, and other particles from your ductwork; in some cases, an extendable brush or agitator is also used to ensure buildup is dislodged and carried away by the vacuum. Your Seattle HVAC service will also inspect and clean the components of your heating and cooling system during the duct cleaning process to ensure your entire HVAC system is clean for greater indoor air quality and efficiency once the service is complete.
The signs you need duct cleaning
Because duct cleaning is not necessary every year, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on your home and the performance of your HVAC system to determine when this service might be necessary. One of the top signs that your ducts may have developed significant buildup is excessive dust around the home; you may notice that dust reappears quickly after cleaning or see small puffs of dust emanating from air registers when your HVAC system activates. Other signs your home may benefit from duct cleaning include a worsening of allergies or asthma in affected family members—if you replace your furnace filter regularly but are still experiencing poor indoor air quality that affects health and comfort at home, the source of the problem may be dirt, dust, pollen, mold, or animal dander accumulation inside your ducts. Finally, it’s important to consider that the buildup of dirt and dust inside your ducts can have an effect on the overall performance of your HVAC system. If you have been experiencing poor heating and cooling, low levels of air circulation, or an increased number of HVAC repairs, it’s worth scheduling a duct inspection with your HVAC service to determine whether dirty ducts could be contributing to these problems.
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