Have you noticed someone in your house sneezing a little more often than normal lately?
Or maybe your air flow isn't quite what it used to be.
Perhaps you've heard scratching noises and can't pinpoint where it's coming from.
If any of these problems apply to you, it may be time to get your air ducts cleaned.
Although the EPA suggests cleanings are only required as-needed, it's important to know the signs of having a dirty air duct.
If you notice any of the following, call a professional to get them checked.
Mold Growth in Your Duct System
If you've had a recent unexplained increase in allergies, it's a good idea to check your air ducts for signs of mold.
This can cause breathing issues and other health problems, so having a thorough air duct cleaning is important for you and your family's health.
Moisture and dampness in the air and from your heating and cooling systems can promote mold growth, so if you notice any mold or water — especially in damp, dark places — it's time to call someone to fix the situation.
It's important to understand that as a homeowner, you may not be able to visibly check all of the locations where mold can grow. If mold is found in your home, ask your air duct cleaning provider to point out the location.
Also, keep in mind that if mold has grown because it's in a damp, wet spot, even if it's removed it will grow back if the situation causing it isn't fixed. Finding a solution as soon as you spot the problem will save you money and time in the long run.
Signs of Rodents or Insects Living in Air Ducts
If you're performing an air duct inspection and notice any insect shells or rat droppings, you may have an infestation — and that requires a cleaning.
Other signs include hearing noises in your ducts, like the scurrying of rodent feet.
Air ducts make the perfect home for rats, mice, and insects because they are dark and often go unchecked for long periods of time.
However, if left untreated, these pests can become incredibly destructive, not only building nests inside your ducts, but also chewing through insulation and causing hundreds of dollars in damage.
The presence of rodents and insects can also spread unhealthy germs throughout your house, so if you notice any signs, it's important to get the situation taken care of right away.
Remove Dirt and Debris from Air Ducts
Living in a desert terrain means living with plenty of dust and dirt.
But when too much dirt and debris works its way into your ducts, it can clog the airways.
This means less airflow for you, and more pollutants being pumped into your home.
If you notice puffs of dust coming out of your heating or air conditioning units, it may be a sign it's clogged.
Use a flashlight to check in your vents and do a visual inspection. Call an air duct cleaning professional if you notice your ducts are coated with a thick fuzz.
Do you have a cat or dog? Homes with pets should be on the lookout more often because pet hair and dander has a tendency to build up quicker on these units.
Other symptoms include dust or pet hair trapped in a vent or air filters coated in dust and debris.
Your air filter should be changed once a month, but if you notice it becoming dirty quicker than normal, check your air duct for signs it needs to be cleaned.
Carbon Monoxide Risks
Do you have a furnace, stove or fireplace that burns off of fuel?
Before each winter, the EPA recommends having these appliances checked to ensure they're working properly so you know your family isn't at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you have these in your home, having your ducts inspected and cleaned on a regular basis is good routine maintenance and can help protect how well your cooling and heating systems work over time.
What to Expect From a Phoenix Duct Cleaning
If you notice any of the signs previously mentioned, it's time to call the valley's top air duct pro.
Having your air ducts cleaned by Golden's Good Air can prevent harmful bacteria and spores from being blown into your home's air, and should be considered preventative maintenance for people who have asthma or other breathing problems.
When you hire a cleaning service, it should start with a thorough inspection to determine if it is, in fact, needed, and to what extent.
If your ducts require attention, the service will vacuum the debris. All of the items in your home, such as your furniture, carpeting and other valuable items, will be protected during this process, so you won't have to worry about cleaning up after your air ducts have been cleaned out.
Your ducts will also be brushed and protected. As long as your service is licensed, they will follow a standard set of practices as set forth by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) and National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).
When you hire a professional air duct cleaner, they will also verify whether there is mold in your home and in your heating and air conditioning systems.
If your home does test positive for mold, they will get rid of the mold and find out its source. Any good service professional will help you prevent it from coming back.
Also, if any pests are found, they will be removed at this time. They will also repair any damage they may have done.
Air Duct Professional in Phoenix
If it's time to clean your air ducts, make sure you rely on a Golden's Good Air.
Going the DIY route could end up costing you more in the end because a bad cleaning can actually be worse for your health and cause even more problems.
Plus, you'll end up having to spend more money by hiring a professional to come in and do a proper cleaning. Someone who is licensed will make sure the entire system is cleaned according to procedure. Plus, at Golden's Good Air, we are the only duct cleaning service in Phoenix that provides a "two times" process. After we clean the ducts we go back through them with a solution that kills off bacteria and mold to ensure your duct system is clean. Our solution is also envirnmentally safe and family safe.
Air quality isn't something to gamble with. Contact us today to find out how we can restore your air ducts.