Running your AC during the hot summer months? Need heating to keep your home cozy in the winter? When running your HVAC system, you’re using the air ducts in your home.
It’s easy to remember to service the HVAC system. It either starts making noise or stops working altogether. But when is the last time you had the air ducts cleaned?
Chances are you haven’t had a vent cleaning for years!
Here are 5 signs that you’re due for a vent cleaning.
1. Visible Mold Growth
Visible mold growth is an obvious sign of an issue inside of the air ducts. Anytime the HVAC system is turned on, mold spreads throughout the house.
Mold growth is caused by excess moisture in the ductwork. It’s especially common when using air conditioning. The cool air mixed with the hot days causes the air to condense.
Mold exposure can cause:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Dry skin
If you see mold in or around your vents, you’re past due for a vent cleaning.
2. Dirty Vents
Use a flashlight to look through the vents in your home. If you can see dust or dirt, the vents need to be cleaned. In severe cases, dust and dirt can be seen on the outside of the vents.
Pet owners need to be even warier of dirty vents. Pet hair and dander easily travel into the ducts.
3. Signs of Bug or Rodent Infestation
Bugs and rodents often make their homes in air vents. Have you seen droppings in your air vents? What about shells from insects?
If so, you likely have a bug or rodent infestation.
An infestation in the air vent system needs to be treated immediately. In some instances, you may need an exterminator.
4. Unexplained Respiratory Issues
Random bouts of sneezing or coughing inside of the home may be a sign of vents needing to be cleaned. This is usually a sign that you’re allergic to the mold, dust or dirt that has built up in the vents.
Before nailing down the culprit, determine when the respiratory issues start.
Do you only cough and sneeze inside of your home? Do you feel better when you are outside of your house?
If your issues only occur at home, chances are your vents need a thorough cleaning.
5. Dirty Air Filter Is a Sure Sign Your Need Vent Cleaning
If your air filter is extremely dirty, the debris has likely traveled into the air vents.
Air filters should be changed every three months. If you have pets or family members with allergies, the filter should be changed every two months.
Having a clean air filter helps to keep the vents clean.
Improve the Air in Your Home
Do your ducts show signs of needing to be cleaned? Tired of sneezing in your own home? If so, you’ll want to hire a dependable company to boost your home’s air quality.
You can depend on Fresh Aire for duct and vent cleaning.
Don’t settle for poor air quality any longer. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.