For many homeowners, air ducts are “out of sight, out of mind.” But your ductwork is a critical part of your central home HVAC system: all the air in your home circulates through them if it’s being heated or cooled. With that air circulation comes dust, which can gather in your ducts and later blow out through your vents. Duct cleaning is available from your local HVAC technicians, but is it worth the time and expense? It depends.
For one thing, if you have an air filter in your HVAC system, that means that a good percentage of airborne particulates should be caught and removed from air circulation. It’s because the air filter works so well that it becomes clogged with dust and other debris and should be replaced once a month or so.
For another, dust inside ducts usually adheres to the duct walls. While that may not be as desirable as being caught in a filter, it does removed the dust from your circulating air.
You should also consider that duct cleaning does have a cost associated with it, and you should take care to ensure that it’s worth the expense if you do have ducts professionally cleaned.
There are some reasons to go for professional duct cleaning, though. For example, if you see frequent expulsions of dust from your vents, it could be a sign that it’s time for an inspection and cleaning. If there’s mold, mildew, or fungus growing inside your ductwork, a cleaning can destroy these allergens and protect your health. And if rodents or other creatures have made their nests in your ductwork, it may be time for cleaning and repair.
Other factors may also influence your choice to have your air ducts cleaned. For example, if you’ve recently purchased your home from a pet owner and you or other members of your household have a pet allergy, it may be worth it to get any last dander out of your ducts.
To speak with an expert about whether or not the air ducts in your Hamilton home need cleaning, call Elite Air today!