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Why Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Air ducts play an important role in your home. They are responsible for circulating air from the heating and cooling systems to all rooms in the house. If the air ducts are not properly cleaned and maintained, they will accumulate dust particles, pollen, mold, and other debris.

Turning on the HVAC system with dirty air ducts results in recirculating the pollutants. Not only does this impact the health of your household and pose a respiratory threat, but it also affects the comfort of your house. Your ductwork should be cleaned often to avoid pollutant buildup.

Air duct cleaning in Riverside, CA helps ensure your HVAC system is operating properly and improves the air quality of your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air ducts should be professionally cleaned every three to five years. However, more frequent cleanings may be needed depending on the climate and whether people in the home have respiratory issues or allergies.

Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning

Cleaning your air ducts boosts the efficiency of your HVAC unit. When dust particles and debris accumulate within the ductwork, they obstruct airflow.

Inefficient airflow results in cold and hot spots within your home. Your HVAC unit will have to work extra hard to circulate warm or cold air through the home. In the process, your unit will consume more energy, thus resulting in higher utility bills. Clearing debris and dust from the ductwork, allows air to flow freely and lets the HVAC system operate at peak efficiency.

Eliminates Foul and Unpleasant Odors

Smoke, paint fumes, mildew, pet fur, litter box dust, food, garbage, and other things contribute to the smells inside a home. Removing collected debris from your ducts can help remove scent-causing particles and leave your home smelling fresher than before.

Maintains a Cleaner Environment

Turning off your HVAC unit for a few hours can lead to the accumulation of dust particles in the ductwork. Turning on the unit causes those particles to recirculate and settle on your bedding, floor, furniture, and other objects. You’ll need to dust frequently if you want to clean your home hypoallergenic. Air duct cleanings prevent pollutants from getting into your house repeatedly and can keep your home cleaner for longer.

Eliminate Respiratory Irritants

Air ducts hold can harmful microorganisms. If children or people with compromised immune systems live in the household, recirculation of airborne contaminants may lead to some adverse health issues.

Pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and other particles can enter the house and trigger allergy symptoms and potentially even asthma attacks. Air duct cleaning prevents allergens from circulating throughout the home to create a healthier living environment.

When To Have Ducts Cleaned

You can conduct a visual assessment of your air ducts to see if they’re dusty, but a professional like RKM Heating and Air Conditioning can accurately inspect the air ducts to determine if a cleaning is needed. The EPA recommends cleaning your air ducts when:

  • You suspect there is mold (often by smell)
  • You see dust released from the supply registers
  • You notice black debris around the vent register
  • You see extensive dust build-up when changing the air filter
  • You hear buzzing or scratching sounds (this could indicate pests are in the ducts)

Contact RKM Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with us. Done Right, Priced Right.

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