When Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

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When Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Dirty Air Duct

Do you remember the last time the ductwork in your home was cleaned? If
you’re not sure of the answer, then you might be overdue. While the
EPA doesn’t have a concrete answer of how often this should be done,
there are signs that will let you know when the time is right.

When You Can See Mold

Grab a flashlight and shine it into each one of your air vents. If you
can easily see mold, you are long overdue for a cleaning. The presence
of mold doesn’t just mean your ducts haven’t been cleaned
in a while, it also means there is a moisture problem that needs to be
corrected. Since breathing in mold spores can negatively affect your health,
a cleaning should be scheduled immediately upon its discovery.

When You Have Unexpected House Guests

Hearing the tiny pitter patter of small vermin within your air ducts is
an obvious sign that your ductwork needs some tender loving care. This
means there are openings and air leaks that need to be identified and
repaired, as well as the possibility of an infestation or other dead vermin
stuck in the ductwork. Talk about a dirty (and smelly) situation!

When You Can See Dust

Over time, dust will accumulate on the metallic surfaces of your ductwork
– hey, it happens! But when too much time goes by, too thick of a layer
of dust can form. Not only will you see it when you shine a light into
your air vents, but you’ll see dust particles floating up and out
of those vents. The more dust there is, the higher the risk of a lower
indoor air quality.

Cleaning your air ducts doesn’t have to be a regular thing, but it
MUST be done every now and then. When your HVAC system and
air ducts need service, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn
more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.

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