Your air ducts dramatically affect what type of air you are breathing. Is it healthy air? According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), it is recommended that ducts be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Here are 5 signs that we hope you will consider when contemplating scheduling an air duct cleaning.
Biological Growth – The debris that builds up in your duct work can often create an ideal environment for mold and other biological growth. The debris is providing them the food source they need to survive. Mold or biological growth can be very dangerous if you are breathing it consistently. It can make someone very sick, and can also aggravate or intensify other health issues. If you happen to notice any growth in or around your vents, it might be time to get them cleaned and sanitized.
Unusual Odors – If there are any odors coming from the vents, typically rotten or musty smelling, this may be the result of biological growth, or even rodents that have built home inside the duct work. As one may imagine, both of these situations can easily create waste and build up.
Increased Allergens – Have you noticed your allergies getting worse year by year? Every time you open your door or windows, outside pollutants enter your home. This outside air is then sucked into the return ducts where the dirt, debris, and allergens will settle. When your HVAC unit comes on, it circulates these particles back through your home, building up a large amount of polluted air over time. Having clean air ducts will help to dramatically reduce your allergy symptoms.
Visible Dust – Are your vents covered with dust? Do you feel like your fans and tabletops are quickly being covered in the annoying particles? Are you constantly dusting and vacuuming your home? If this is what you can see outside of the ducts, imagine what might be on the inside! Performing a thorough cleaning will get rid of years of dust buildup inside of your home. This will also mean LESS dusting & vacuuming for you!
Increased Energy Bill - When particles accumulate in your duct or on your filters, your HVAC unit has to work harder to push the air through the buildup. This, in turn, increases your energy bill because your unit is becoming overloaded in trying to maintain the home’s comfort.
Your air ducts are just as important as your heating and cooling system, even if you can’t see them on a daily basis! At GSM Services, we offer high quality Air Duct Cleanings that not only clean, but also sanitize the duct work simultaneously. You’ll feel better, breathe better, and live better. Give us a call today if you have any questions!