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Do I Need to Clean My Air Ducts?

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Do you need to have the air ducts cleaned in your home?

Probably not.

Your indoor air quality plays a vital role in your health and comfort—especially if someone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies. But it remains unclear whether cleaning your ductwork improves your air quality. Nor is there any clear evidence to indicate the dust levels in your home will increase from dirty air ducts.

At Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning, we measure our success from the lasting relationships we build with every customer. We never try to sell a product or service you do not need. Our goal is to provide you with the best information so you can make informed decisions when it comes to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

How Air Ducts Work

The ductwork in your home is a labyrinth of hidden tubes distributing fresh air from your central furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump. Properly maintained and tightly sealed, these air ducts play are the heart and soul of your HVAC system. Here’s why:

  • Heating and cooling expenses account for nearly half your monthly utility bill.
  • Typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the energy created by HVAC systems, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).
  • That lost energy translates into higher energy expenses and forces your HVAC system to work that much harder.

Leaks in your ductwork can draw in fumes and other pollutants that are potentially hazardous to your health. Schedule an appointment to have one of our professionals assess your ductwork for leaks and tears that can cost you money and affect your air quality.

When to Clean Your Air Ducts

There are times when you should consider having a professional clean your air ducts. If, for example, someone in your family has unusual symptoms or illness, cleaning your ductwork could make a difference.

Evidence of mold growing inside your air ducts, or around other parts of your heating and cooling system, merits having your ductwork inspected and cleaned. You will also need to correct the conditions that created the mold to prevent it from reoccurring.

If you see any indication that your ducts are infested with vermin, have your ducts cleaned. Look for a trail of droppings, chewed up insulation, or foul odors as evidence. You will want to find the point of entry and seal it tightly.

Are you vents clogged with an excessive amount of dust? That’s a good sign you might want to have your ducts cleaned. Another reason to have them cleaned is if you do a major renovation project inside your house.

If none of these conditions exist, then you probably do not need to have your ductwork cleaned. There is no harm in having them cleaned, but nor are there any clear benefits.

Maintaining Your Air Ducts

Our NATE-certified experts at Old Coast can test your air ducts, and seal or replace any sections in disrepair. Quickly addressing any issues with your ductwork helps minimize the chances of a costly repair.

Our Performance Club preventative maintenance plans are tailored to meet your budget and needs. They help offset the cost of inspections, tune-ups, repairs, and other service calls. Maintaining your HVAC system extends the service life of your equipment and ensures you get the best return on your investment.

Call Your Air Duct Experts

We always want to provide our customers in Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head, SC, with the most accurate information on how to maintain your HVAC systems. At Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning, our goal with every service is 100 percent customer satisfaction. Call 912-250-5771 or request service online today to learn more about air ducts and other services we provide to keep you healthy and comfortable!

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