The air ducts are supposed to distribute clean air in your home, and most of today’s HVAC systems have filters to ensure that the air that it puts out is as clean as possible. Several particles still do go through, however, and if you notice the following, make it a point to have duct cleaning scheduled before winter sets in.
Mold Growth – Remove the grilles on at least one of the vents. Using your flashlight, look for signs of mold within the ductwork, as far as you can see. You might also notice a moldy smell if there’s enough of it within the ductwork. Since the presence of mold means there’s moisture in the ductwork, you will need to check the ducts for leaks. Moisture may also damage the ductwork insulation, so have this addressed as well.
Unresponsive Dampers – Dampers are to HVAC systems what taps are for the plumbing. They control the amount of warm or cool air that flows into a particular room. Dampers have moving parts so accumulated dust can hamper their movement, to the point where they won’t respond to the thermostat.
Pests – If you notice signs of vermin in the ductwork, have them removed by a professional. Ductwork is supposed to only allow air to pass through, so in addition to the duct cleaning and pest control costs, there’s a chance that you will also need to address holes, broken seams, and other possible pest entry points.
Reduced Efficiency – Clean ductwork can improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, and minimize the chances of clogs and reduced output. This is especially important if you have an oil, gas or wood-fired furnace, as some of the particles from the burning fuel may escape into the ductwork. By the same token, you should have your chimney inspected or relined as needed.
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Hiring a contractor that offers HVAC services and duct cleaning can save you effort, time and money. Call All Weather Heating and Air Conditioning today at (707) 400-6875. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.