If you could see inside your air ducts, you would shudder. Dust and dirt-caked up along the side are one thing, but when you add that there are bacteria, allergens, and pollutants hiding in that muck as well – gross.
Jacksonville generally has below-average air quality, with the primary pollutants being ozone and small particles of dust, soot, smoke, dirt, and liquid. All that and more gets pulled into your air ducts, coats the inside, and gets blown back into the air you breathe indoors.
When you need your air ducts cleaned, simply contact First Coast Home Pros by calling (904) 383-7721 or texting (904) 712-2674. We use heavy-duty, specialized equipment to get your ductwork clean as new.
How to Know When Your Air Ducts are Dirty
You can’t just open up one of your vents and look inside your air ducts to know the full state of what is inside the maze. Air duct cleaning is a professional task for a reason. However, if you’re not sure when (or if) your home’s air ducts were cleaned, there are a few signs to keep an eye out for.
Whether you typically dust on a weekly basis or it’s a monthly task around your house, dust everywhere is a sign that your air ducts are not properly doing their job. Of course, it’s natural for dust to build up over time. But, if it starts to accumulate pretty much right away after you finish dusting, you will want to have your ducts checked.
If your air return covers are always dusty, no matter how often you wipe them down, that’s a pretty good sign as well.
Increasing Energy Bills
Your cooling costs are higher in summer, your heating costs go up a bit in winter, but you can generally predict approximately what your energy bills will be throughout the year. If you notice your bills increasing steadily or see a sudden spike in heating or cooling costs, air is likely not flowing through your ducts efficiently.
As grime starts to close in and restrict the area inside your ductwork, your HVAC system has to work a lot harder to get heated or cooled air into your home. When your energy bills increase without you turning your thermostat up or down, something is up. In some cases, the problem starts with dirty air ducts. In other cases, dirty air ducts make another problem worse.
Sometimes, your technician will find that, in addition to dirty air ducts, your ductwork may not be sealed properly or the seals have broken down or degraded over time. Leaky ducts are not delivering your cooled and heated air where it needs to be and you’re paying for it. If your First Coast Home Pros specialist finds an issue with leaky ducts, we can work with you to find a skilled professional to seal the ductwork.
Mold Is an Issue
Because Jacksonville has such a humid climate, mold growth is an issue for many homes. If mold has been a problem in your home, it could also be growing in your HVAC system or in your ductwork as well. Air duct cleaning can help get the mold out and even make it more difficult for mold to grow in the future.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends air duct cleaning to remove mold from the inside of air ducts.
Construction or Renovation
Construction work or home renovation projects are dusty and gritty. No matter how clean the crews work, you’ll be finding dust and specks of dirt everywhere for a long time after the work has been completed. To help ensure you’re not still breathing in these sometimes harmful particles, air duct cleaning is a must. Start fresh.
Other indicators that you should have your ducts cleaned include:
- Your home has had significant water damage, particularly if the HVAC system was subject to water damage
- A previous owner of your home was a smoker or someone in your home currently smokes inside the home
- You and/or members of your family struggle with allergies, asthma, or lung/breathing conditions
- You have one or more pets in the home
The Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
When a skilled technician from First Coast Home Pros cleans your ductwork:
The HVAC System Works Better
Blocked air ducts and dirty air filters add up to an HVAC system that runs more inefficiently and costs you more money to operate. Give your HVAC system a break and allow it to circulate air more openly and uncontaminated. Air duct cleaning is a step toward greater energy efficiency.
Your Indoor Air is Cleaner
It is recommended that you have your air ducts cleaned every five to 10 years in order to help maintain optimal indoor air quality. The dirtier your air ducts, the more allergens and pollutants are circulated throughout your home. These can include:
- Chemical irritants
- Rodent and insect droppings
- Mold and mildew
- Dust mites
- Pet hair and dander
Schedule Air Duct Cleaning for Your Jacksonville Home Today
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