The ductwork of your heating and cooling system provides the pathway for conditioned air to travel from the HVAC equipment to the indoor environment of your home. Since all of the air produced by the furnace, air conditioner or heat pump will eventually travel through the ducts, any problems with contamination in this large network of pipes could lead to reductions in your home’s indoor air quality. Under some conditions, a duct cleaning may be necessary to remove any contamination in the ducts and ensure that foreign material isn’t dislodged and blown into your living spaces.
Why Clean Ducts?
Over time, material such as dirt, dust, animal hair, mold, animal and insect nests, food particles, pollen, animal and insect droppings, and other unsanitary substances can accumulate in the ductwork. The air pressure of conditioned air flowing through the ducts can dislodge this material and carry it on into your home. If you or anyone in your home has allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions, these particulates and contaminants can make these issues worse. At the very least, these contaminants can make your indoor air unpleasant to breath.
Do Your Home’s Ducts Need Cleaning?
A duct cleaning is a professional process for removing contaminants and ensuring the interior of your ductwork is clean and free of potential problems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends duct cleaning under three specific conditions:
- Visible mold is present and growing on the interior surfaces of the ductwork.
- Ducts have been infested with rodents, insects, small animals or other vermin whose fur, droppings or body parts lead to unsanitary conditioned and decreased indoor air quality.
- Ducts are clogged with dirt and debris that interferes with airflow and that’s regularly dislodged into your indoor air.
Learn more about Davis Air Conditioning and Heating’s duct cleaning solutions or call 888-710-5530 in the Greater Houston area or (888) 929-0049 in Brazoria County.
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