Your ductwork consists of a series of connected tubes that distribute cooled or heated air to the rooms throughout your home. It is important to check your ducts regularly because they are a vital part of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you get your ducts cleaned on an as-needed basis. However, if you’re unsure whether or not your air ducts need cleaning, consider the five tips below.

Visible Mold Growth

The presence of mold in your ducts indicate there are possible issues with your ducts. ┬áIt could mean there are possible moisture problems. Mold in your ducts can lead to serious breathing and other health related problems. If you notice mold in your ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system, then chances are you need your ducts cleaned by a professional. Healthy air is vital for your family’s health and the comfort of your home.

Signs of Rodent or Insect Infestation

Do you see any signs of shells or husks from insects, small scratches or droppings along the side of your ducts? If you do, then chances are you have an insect or rodent infestation. Get those ducts cleaned as soon as possible.

Excessive Dirt and Debris

Overtime, ducts become clogged with dirt and debris. Clogged ducts can affect the overall efficiency of airflow and release these pollutants into the air of your home through your supply registers. Get your ducts cleaned to remove the excessive dirt and debris.

Carbon Monoxide

If you use a fuel burning stove, furnace or fireplace, you’re more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. To help combat this hazard, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends homeowners to have their ducts inspected, cleaned and/or repaired prior to each heating season.

Air Duct Inspection Reveals Need for Duct Cleaning

Preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run. It is logical to expect your ducts to get dirty over a certain period of time. Get them cleaned when needed as preventative maintenance to ensure the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Duct cleaning is a process that involves cleaning the various components of your heating and cooling system including your registers, grilles, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, ducts and drip pans. Make certain that you hire a professional with the experience and the training for this type of service. If a service technician fails to follow proper cleaning protocol, it can cause indoor air problems and possibly damage your ductwork. No matter what services we provide to our residential and commercial customers in the Columbus, NC area, at Gentry Heating, Inc, we always strive to exceed our customer’s expectations.