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It can be easy to fail to give enough attention to your air ducts because they’re out of sight, which makes them out of mind. Unfortunately, if you neglect the air ducts, they can become dingy and dirty throughout the year, and that can affect the air quality in your home. Here are six ways to tell if your air ducts are dirty, so you know when it’s time to have a professional air duct cleaning in Brandon, FL.

1. Fast Dust Accumulation

You may notice that your home tends to get dusty more than normal and that new dust settles on surfaces just a few days after you clean everything. If there’s a lot of dust and grime in your air ducts and the HVAC system is in use, then the dirt will naturally begin to circulate in each room of the home. Cleaning the air ducts will make it easier to maintain a cleaner setting that doesn’t require you to dust everything as frequently.

2. Uneven Airflow

The airflow in the building indicates how clean the air ducts are, which makes it necessary to check if there’s a strong enough flow and if the rooms are reaching the set temperature. Dust and debris that accumulate in the ductwork can lessen airflow over time, which can make the HVAC system work harder than necessary to operate. You may notice that some rooms tend to feel more comfortable than others, which indicates that a technician needs to clean the air ducts.

Removing the dirt will not only improve the airflow but can also reduce your energy usage, allowing you to save more money on your electric bill. You’ll even extend the lifespan of the parts if they don’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home each season.

3. Clogged Air Filters

By examining the air filter, you can get a good idea of how clean your air ducts are and if you need to clean them out. The air filter will become clogged and dirty much quicker if you wait too long to clean out the ductwork, which can cause you to spend more to replace the filters every few weeks or months.

4. Dirty Parts

If your air ducts are dirty, then the other parts of the HVAC system will also become dirty as the grime circulates and settles on all the parts. The coils and interior parts may be heavily coated with dust, and you may find dust trapped in some of the small crevices. Although you may clean all the parts, the dust can return within several weeks, signalling that the ductwork need a bit of attention.

5. Biological Growth in Air Ducts

As different types of debris accumulate in air ducts and condensation can accumulate, it can cause biological matter to form. Take a close look at the outside of the air registers to look for any signs of gray or brown spots around the vent openings. You’ll need to have the ductwork vacuumed out, cleaned and sanitized to protect the air quality in the building and safeguard your health.

6. No Cleaning Records

As the owner of the home, you’ll need to clean the air ducts if you don’t have any record of prior cleanings, and the house is more than 10 years old. Older HVAC systems are not as advanced as new ones, and they require more frequent cleaning.

It’s best to leave air duct cleaning to the professionals. We use special tools to dislodge the accumulated debris. Then we attach an industrial-grade vacuum directly to the system to pull the fallen debris into a sealed container outside.

If you want to know more about whether it’s time to clean your air ducts or do other maintenance, call ServiceMaster 24 Hour to schedule an appointment. We can come out to your home to thoroughly clean your air ducts.

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