Should I Get My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Think about it: you clean your home appliances and systems pretty regularly. From bathroom sinks to dirty dishes to countertops, you put a lot of time and energy into ensuring your home is clean. 

But one thing that most homeowners forget to clean? Their air duct system. 

While it may not seem like a big deal to go a few years without cleaning your air duct system, this complicated network of tubes and vents is vital to your home’s HVAC system. 

With dirty air ducts, your HVAC system can’t perform optimally, which means that you increase the chances of it breaking down

How can you tell if your air ducts need to be cleaned? Read on to find out! 

1. You Always Have to Replace Your Air Filters 

Generally speaking, home or commercial building owners change their filters a few times a year (although it’s recommended to change your air filter every couple of months). 

A big sign that your air ducts need to be cleaned is if your air filters turn gray or black within a few weeks of being replaced. This signifies that your air ducts are dirty. There is dirt and grime buildup in your vents, making your filter get dirty much faster than it usually should. 

If you replace your air filter constantly, it might be time to consider a thorough air duct cleaning. 

2. You Can Spot Mold a Mile Away 

Look closely at your HVAC system. Do you see mold or mildew around the system? If you spot these ugly spores growing around your HVAC unit, chances are, they started inside your air ducts. 

How does this happen? 

As dirt, dust, grime, and humid air pass through your air ducts, over time, this dirt can build up along the lining of your air duct tubes. Dirt buildup mixed with humidity can sprout mold growth. 

To ensure your home has clean, safe air, call a professional as soon as you spot mold spores. 

3. You’ve Had Construction Done 

The third way to tell if your air ducts need to be cleaned is if you just had construction in your home. No matter how clean your construction crew was, dirt, dust, sawdust, and grime floating around your home after a construction project is unavoidable. 

This dust must go somewhere, and it eventually lands in your air ducts. Consider cleaning your air duct system if you just had a construction project done. 

Contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Today 

Dirty air ducts are no fun. Not only do they circulate dust in your home (which worsens your indoor air quality), but dirty air ducts also place a heavy strain on your HVAC system, which could lead to a possible breakdown. 

Ready to get your air ducts clean? Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. Give us a call or schedule an appointment to begin the process and receive your free estimate.

We’re excited to start this journey with you. Call Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today to book your next appointment!