You can make a big difference for you and your family this winter by taking care of the little things around the house this fall. One of the jobs that is often overlooked is cleaning air ducts. Make this part of your pre-winter maintenance routine. Air ducts carry dust and mould that can potentially cause various respiratory health problems for your family members. With all the allergens in the air, autumn is the best time to have air ducts professionally cleaned to improve the indoor air quality and protect the health of your family.
There are many benefits to getting air ducts cleaned in autumn, including:
- Getting Rid of Mould – Mould allergies can be more challenging in autumn. Allergy sufferers should take extra precaution to avoid a spike in their symptoms during this season. Less sunlight and colder weather create favourable conditions for mould. It can grow on decaying plants and piles of leaves, which can potentially enter homes through the air ducts and cause various health issues. Heating your home during the cold season creates a thriving environment for mould growth.Air duct cleaning eliminates mould and creates a healthier environment in your home. In addition to air duct cleaning, it is recommended to keep windows closed and run a dehumidifier in the basement to reduce moisture in your house.
- Protect Your HVAC System – A clogged air duct can affect the airflow of the HVAC system. Inside the HVAC system, fine dust and hair can collect and pile up on the surface of the air ducts, motors, and coils, and create a favourable environment for bacteria, dust mites, and other allergens. Having your ducts cleaned professionally ensures the motors and fans run more efficiently and distribute clean air throughout the house. Consequently, this promotes a more comfortable home as far as heating and cooling are concerned.
- Eliminate Pests – Pests can enter into vents and ducts through unsealed gaps and narrow cracks in order to find shelter and protection from the cold weather. Rats, squirrels, and cockroaches can contaminate and cause structural damage in the ductwork system. Dead and decaying cockroaches can spread allergens into the air and cause allergic reactions after continued exposure. The droppings and saliva of rodents are also considered as significant threats to you and your family’s health.
- Reduce Energy Bills – When the air duct is clogged with dirt and debris, it prohibits proper airflow and makes your HVAC system work harder than normal. This increases energy consumption and reduces functionality, and lifespan because of increased heat while running. Cleaning the air ducts boosts energy efficiency, improves performance, and allows the HVAC to deliver the desired temperature inside your home.
- Improve Indoor Air Quality – Since your family is likely to spend more time indoors as the weather continues to cool, it is crucial to have your air ducts cleaned to get rid of contaminants and pollutants from circulating throughout your living space. Hiring a professional air duct cleaner early on in the fall allows your family to enjoy and breathe in cleaner and healthier air in the coming cold months.
Signs Your Air Ducts Require Cleaning
The HVAC system in your house is something you cannot live without, especially in the cold weather. Many homeowners do not pay much attention to the HVAC system’s air ducts until something goes wrong.
The air ducts are an essential component of the HVAC system because they serve as a passage for the heated or cooled air to flow into the different parts of your home. When ducts are clogged, it spikes up your energy bill and causes premature wear and tear on your HVAC unit.
Your air ducts may be sending you a few SOS signs that they need professional cleaning. Do not wait until a family member suffers from allergies or an asthma attack.
Watch out for the following warning signs:
- Dirty Vents – When you see a small initial “puff” of dust coming out from the air registers once the air starts to flow from the HVAC system, it could signify blockage in the ducts or high amounts of contaminants circulating through the system. Another way to figure out if it is time for duct cleaning is to check the cold air return. When the problem persists even after removing and cleaning the air registers inside and out, it is more likely caused by trapped interior dust.
- Unpleasant Odour – If your house starts to smell “off” and you cannot find the source of the odour, debris could be lurking inside the air duct system. To verify your suspicion, get close to the air register and give it a good sniff. You can also have an HVAC technician inspect the interior of the air ducts for trapped debris, dead animals, or mould growth.
- Clogged Air Filters – An obvious indicator that the air duct system needs immediate cleaning is a dirty or clogged air filter. No matter if they are disposable or reusable, it is important to replace air filters regularly to avoid costly issues and prevent the need for a full air duct cleaning.
- Uneven Air Flow – Dirt and dust buildup can cause uneven air flow. If you notice that there is not enough warmth or coolness in your house, you probably need to have the air ducts cleaned. Another sign to watch out for is weak air flow from the air registers.
- Furniture Gets Dusty – If it seems that every time you look at your furniture there is a thick layer of dust on its surface, it may indicate that the air ducts are pushing out a great amount of dust and need to be cleaned.
- Increased Allergies – If you or members of your family suddenly experience frequent allergy attacks, asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory issues, excessive dust, mould spores, and other contaminants could be circulating in your HVAC system. Call a professional to inspect and clean your air duct system.
Choosing a Duct Cleaning Company
Dr. Duct offers both residential and commercial air duct cleaning in Ottawa. We are a family-owned and operated business serving clients for over a decade. Our team of professionals are committed to providing superior services and healthy air — whether at home or in the office.