When your desk fan, space heater, or vacuum becomes choked with dust, it’s easy to notice. The vacuum won’t perform as well. The fan blades become caked with disgusting dust. It’s easy to treat these problems because you can see them. Unfortunately, many people neglect their air ducts because air ducts fall under the “out of sight, out of mind” umbrella. Having them cleaned from time to time is essential to the health and integrity of your home.
Reasons To Get Air Duct Cleaning This Spring
Air Ducts Are Havens For Viruses And Bacteria
Roughly 50% of human illnesses are caused by bacteria or viruses, and they love dark, undisturbed places like the inside of your vents. Mold, mildew, fungi, dust mites, and other allergens can easily accumulate in dirty ducts as well. One common allergen that often clogs air ducts is pet dander.
Air Ducts Can Expose Other Issues
You may think your home is pest-free, but the dirty air ducts can easily hide a problem. Termites, rodents, and other common pests look for small dark spaces where they can hide away and build their nests or travel safely through the home without you noticing. This problem could build up over time until you develop health problems. If you haven’t actually spotted these pests, you may spend time and money trying to solve a problem you didn’t know was there. For example, you keep sneezing, so you thoroughly clean your home, thinking it just needs a good vacuuming. In reality, you may have had an allergic reaction to cockroaches in your vents. Or maybe there’s a build-up of black mold. When your technician cleans out your ducts, they can advise you on any other issues so you can keep your home safe and pest-free.
You Could Inherit Problems From Past Homeowners
Nowadays, we know the dangers of cigarettes, and most people choose not to smoke. And those that do usually do so outdoors. However, it wasn’t that long ago that smoking indoors was the norm. Let’s say you move into a new property. It’s been freshly painted and cleaned to remove the former owner’s tobacco smoke residue left behind. Unfortunately, tobacco smoke has a way of getting into every nook and cranny. There’s actually a term for this residue: third-hand smoke. If the previous owners didn’t clean the air ducts, you could be exposing yourself and your family to every time you run your HVAC system.
Clogged Ducts Cost Money
The more clogged your ducts are, the harder your HVAC system has to work at circulating the air. This means the furnace and A/C need to stay on longer, which uses more electricity or gas, which costs you more when it’s time to pay the utilities. Poor air circulation can also make it easier for carbon monoxide to accumulate.
Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning
There are several key indicators that signal a duct cleaning is in store.
Unusual Odors or Stench
Does your home have a funk that doesn’t seem to go away no matter how much you’ve cleaned? It could be an indicator that your ducts are dirty.
Unclean HVAC Equipment
If your furnace and/or air conditioning unit is dirty or old, this could be the canary in the mine regarding your air ducts’ state.
If you have had a mold problem recently, be sure to have your ducts inspected. Health issues surrounding black mold exposure are serious. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Moisture Condensation On Walls And Windows
If you notice water droplets or even puddling along with windows and walls, it may be a sign that your air ducts are not circulating the air properly.
Hire Professional Air Duct Cleaning Service From Okeena Termite And Pest Control
Wondering, “where do I find duct cleaning near me?” Wonder no longer. The experts at Okeena Termite And Pest Control are here to help! Our air duct cleaning program will remove dust, debris, and anything else that doesn’t belong in your air vents. And should your vents expose other issues that need to be addressed, we offer pest control service, termite treatment, and more to keep your home pest-free and clean. Give us a call today at 731-285-4982 or contact us online here to schedule an appointment. Stay tuned for more pest control and home care topics with our monthly blog, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page.