One thing that people do not know about keeping their HVAC units running smoothly is that sometimes duct cleaning is important to safety and to efficiency of the unit. There are some cases that are considered emergency where duct cleaning is essential. In other cases, the EPA recommends regular cleaning as needed. When and how often this is needed depends on different factors such as where you live and how often you use your unit. An experience HVAC contractor will be able to help you find out if your ducts need cleaning in case you are not aware.
Here are some cases that are considered emergent and necessary for duct cleaning:
- There is visible mold growth inside the hard surfaces of the ducts or on other parts of the unit
- There are rodents, insects or other vermin infested in the ducts
- The ducts are clogged with an excessive amount of dust or debris
Duct cleaning usually refers to the process of cleaning the various heating and cooling components of a forced air system (including the ducts that run throughout the home), and the grilles and diffusers, cooling coils and any heat exchanges. They will also clean any drip pans, fans and housing units and other components of the HVAC system.
This process helps your unit run more efficiently so that you save money and energy on your monthly bill. This is why many people choose to opt for this cleaning even if it is not considered an emergency situation. The money they pay to have it done will usually be less than what they save in only 1 year of having the unit run more efficiently. So as you can see, it pays to invest in your heating and cooling equipment and always keep it running up to par.
Duct cleaning is also sometimes a safety issue because if there are rodents or vermin living in the system or an excessive amount of dust and debris, it can also be a fire hazard. If you suspect there may be a problem in your ducting system (or if you hear things moving around in there), it’s a good idea to call a professional to check it out. You’re really better safe than sorry in these cases.
Now that you know the importance of duct cleaning, all you have to do is choose a professional in your area to help you with HVAC service to your HVAC systems when necessary. A qualified service provider will also be there to help you determine how serious your issue is and how to correct it.