Duct cleaning improves air quality and it can prolong the life of your AC, primarily because it will keep contaminants from clogging filters and the inner workings of the HVAC system. The following are some of the most common reasons to consider air conditioner duct cleaning.
1. Moist and Moldy Climates
Areas with high humidity or frequent rain are more prone to mold growth. The ducts, in particular, can harbor a lot of mold because of condensation that may build up on their walls when the AC is running. These spores can cause respiratory distress in sensitive individuals, with some mold varieties being more dangerous than others. Duct cleaning will get rid of the mold so that you can breathe easier.
2. Allergy Symptoms
Pollen, mold spores, and dust mites are the main causes of air quality-induced allergies, and all of these allergens can take up residence in your ductwork. Cleaning out the ducts will reduce the amount of allergens circulating in the air. If you or someone in your household is an allergy sufferer, it pays to have the ducts cleaned annually so that allergens don't build up in the air.
3. Wildfire Smoke Exposure
In areas with high wildfire risks, smoky days in late summer are common. In many homes, this means that smoke and ash particulates are being sucked into the home via the air conditioner. These particulates are deposited inside your ducts, where they will then affect your health for months to come if you don't have the ducts cleaned out. If your area is hit hard by smoke during fire season, make sure to have your ducts cleaned in fall each year.
4. Recent Remodeling Work
Remodeling kicks up a lot of dust and debris, especially if you had drywall work done or if the hardwood floors were sanded and refinished. Even with caution, a lot of this dust settles into the duct system of your home, where it then recirculates in the air and reduces the air quality. It's always a good idea to have the ducts cleaned immediately following any type of remodeling or construction inside the home.
5. Pet-Friendly Home
If you have furry pets, there will be fur and dander in your vents no matter how well you clean. Even if no one in your home has pet allergies, the fur and dander can still reduce indoor air quality as it can harbor dust mites and mold spores. Having the ducts cleaned every one to two years will ensure that pet fur doesn't build up in the system and cause problems.
Contact an air conditioner duct cleaning service for more help.