Signs Your Ducts Need To Be Cleaned

You may know that it’s important to change the air filters in your furnace and air conditioning system routinely so that your equipment continues to operate efficiently. Did you also know that it’s important to clean your air vents and ducts regularly? Dirty air ducts can affect the quality of the air you breathe, which can have a negative impact on your family’s health.

What Kind of Debris Builds Up in Air Vents?

All sorts of particulate matter can get stuck in your air vents:

  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Ductwork insulation
  • Pieces of old air filters

This debris can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, spores, bacteria and viruses that can make you ill. Family members with asthma and other respiratory complaints can be triggered when fans switch on and circulate the air from your dirty ducts.

Cleaning Air Ducts

Cleaning your air ducts is an effective method of combating indoor air pollution. Grates will need to be cleaned thoroughly. Ducts will need to be vacuumed with high-pressure equipment because a conventional vacuum cleaner will not create enough suction to dislodge mold, mildew and spores. Ceiling grilles will need to cleaned, too, and it’s best to wear a mask while doing it so that you don’t inhale any dust or debris that falls from the grille.

The Importance of Professional Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning may seem simple, but it’s actually very easy to damage your air ducts if you go about it the wrong way. This can impact your heating and cooling system in negative ways, driving up energy expenditures and possibly forcing you to invest in costly repairs. That’s why smart homeowners leave duct cleaning to trained HVAC professionals.

At Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning in Littleton, CO, duct cleaning is one of the services we bundle in our regular maintenance services for heating and cooling systems. We also repair and install furnaces and air conditioners of all makes and models. We’ve been serving residential and commercial customers throughout the Denver metropolitan area since 1972. Contact us today to schedule an air duct cleaning or other service.