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How Do I Know If My Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?

Air ducts carry the hot or cold air we need so we can be as comfortable as possible in our home. After day-to-day use, air may not be the only thing running through your HVAC system. Dirt, dust, and allergens get trapped in your unit. While no home is the same, there are many signs that your air ducts need to be cleaned. Read on and learn why you may be due for an air duct cleaning!

Signs You Need Air Duct Cleaning

  1. Vent Covers are Dirty

    Dirty supply & return vent covers are a strong indicator that your air ducts and HVAC system need to be cleaned. This buildup on the covers is dirt & dust directly from air ducts. This pushes into living spaces & the air you breathe. It also recommended that you change your air filter since it is not able to effectively capture debris passing through your system.

  1. Presence of Dark Filtration Lines

    With dusty vent covers usually come dark filtration lines. If you notice the presence of dark dust that lines your walls, ceiling, carpet, or baseboards near your vents, you’re probably due for an HVAC cleaning. Dark filtration lines are especially important to address because this type of soiling can cause permanent damage to carpets and rugs. Getting your HVAC system inspected and cleaned can help prevent this.

    Carpet with dirt filtration line
  1. Excessive Dust in the Home

    Noticing excess dust in your home that seems to resurface? Dusting more frequently than usual could mean your air ducts are dirty. Having your HVAC system clean reduces dust and dirt levels which can help make it easier to maintain a cleaner home.

    Dusty tabletop in home
  1. Recently Updated Part of Your HVAC System

    If you recently replaced part of your HVAC system like your furnace or part of your ductwork, we recommend having your system cleaned. While this may seem unnecessary, dirty sections of the ductwork can contaminant the new components. Professional cleaning can help protect your new investment and ensure it continues operating efficiently.

  1. Presence of One or More Pets

    If you have a pet, you know they come with their fair share of messes including excess shedding! Between fur and dander, you’re probably reaching for your vacuum more times than not as a pet owner. Along with sticking to floors and upholstery, pet allergens end up (and build-up) in your air and in your HVAC system. Unfortunately, HEPA air filters can’t capture everything, and this inevitably will keep recirculating back into the air you breathe!

    Close up of dog on couch in living room
  1. Members of the Household Smoke

    Smoking contributes to indoor air pollution. As residual smoke clings to your walls and ceiling, it can also get into your ductwork. To ensure better indoor air quality, it’s beneficial to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned routinely.

  1. Heightened Allergy Sensitivities

    If you notice an onset of indoor allergy-like symptoms when you turn your heating and cooling (especially during changing seasons), this could be an indicator your ductwork needs to be cleaned. Air duct cleaning helps to minimize dust and dirt in the home that can trigger unpleasant symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and congestion. Dust buildup also restricts the airflow in your HVAC system and according to the American Lung Association, proper ventilation is key to keeping air fresh and healthy indoors.

  1. Variance in Temperature or Airflow

    If the indoor temperature or airflow varies from room to room, this may mean dirt, dust and other buildup are blocking air as it tries to pass through. Cleaning your HVAC system will help clear your ductwork and allow air to move more efficiently.

  1. Increased Energy Consumption

    Is your utility bill looking higher than normal? This could mean dirt & dust are restricting airflow in your HVAC system including ducts, coils, and air handling unit. This causes your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to. Removing pounds of buildup can help your heating and cooling unit to work more efficiently!

  1. Recently Remodeled or Renovated Your Home

    Construction projects are a common cause of buildup in your HVAC system since saws, drills and other equipment disperse debris into the air that ultimately settles into ductwork. Air duct cleaning helps to remove all the drywall dust, sawdust, and other construction remnants that got trapped in your system.

    Dirty vent in stairwell during home renovation
  1. Moving Into a New Home

    Moving into a home should signal to you that it’s time for air duct cleaning. After years of living, previous owners can leave behind their own share of buildup from construction, pets and everyday life. Air duct cleaning will help bring a clean start to any home by removing these contaminants.

    Moving boxes scattered in home

How Our Free Inspections Can Help

If you’re still not sure whether or not your air ducts need to be cleaned, call the professionals! At Stanley Steemer, we offer free, zero-obligation inspections of your HVAC system. During this time, our inspectors will evaluate the entire system including supply and return ductwork, air handling unit, dryer vent, and outside condensing unit to assess the need for cleaning. This also gives you the opportunity to have any questions directly answered by a qualified expert. Finally, we provide you with an accurate estimate and you can choose to schedule at this time.

Ready to breathe cleaner indoor air? Call 1-800-STEEMER to schedule your free air duct cleaning estimate!

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