Should I Have My Ducts Cleaned Regularly In Florida?
Many homeowners wonder if they should have their ductwork cleaned on a regular basis. There are many businesses that advertise the benefits of regularly cleaning ductwork to remove dirt, mold, and other contaminants that could dirty your indoor air. Other businesses say duct cleaning doesn’t make much of a difference to overall indoor air quality. At Climatech Pro Air, we believe there are some situations where an occasional duct cleaning is beneficial, but most of the time, your ducts should stay clean and function as they’re supposed to if they have been installed and maintained correctly. Continue reading below to help decide if you should have your home’s ductwork cleaned.
To Clean or Not To Clean?
The EPA states that, “Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems. Neither do studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts.” Much of the dirt in air ducts adheres to the sides of the ductwork, never actually entering the air of the home.
There are many sources of indoor pollutants, including cooking, cleaning, smoking, and pets. The EPA also states, “There is no evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate matter in air ducts poses any risk to your health.”
There are some situations where you should consider having your air ducts cleaned. These are mostly the result of home construction projects, presence of mold or mildew, and other large issues within a home.
You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
- Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur. You can trust Climatech of Professional Air to repair your ductwork for long-term positive results.
It’s been shown that keeping your HVAC system regularly maintained by cleaning your heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans, and heat exchangers) improves the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. Our Maintenance Plans are designed to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently for many years.
The EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed, or if your home has been through a recent construction project, or other major issues outlined above. You can trust Climatech to accurately diagnose your home’s HVAC system and make the best recommendation for work.
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