5 Warning Signs Your HVAC System Needs a Clean
What’s air got to do with it?
Well, everything! In fact, the EPA found that indoor air pollution to be one of the top 5 environmental pollutants. And here we are, stressed out about outdoor air pollution.
Some studies have even found that indoor air pollution can be more dangerous than outdoor pollution. Many factors contribute to irritating, indoor pollution.
Poor air ventilation due to dirty air ducts is right up there. The good news is that is something that you can prevent. But how do you know if your air ducts are dirty?
Here are 5 ways to tell if you have dirty ducts in your HVAC system.
Diagnosing Dirty Air Ducts
Whether you are a homeowner or business owner, quality air is important to you. You strive to be healthy and want to be sure you and your customers are breathing in mold-free, clean air.
You may be wondering, “How do I know if I have debris in my HVAC unit?” and “How can I tell if there is mold in my air ducts?” I’m no professional!
Here are a few telltale signs that you may need to call in the professionals for some maintenance and cleaning.
1. The Vents Seem Dusty
If you start noticing that the vents on your HVAC unit seem to be dusty, it may be time for a professional HVAC cleaning. Look for any dust buildup by the air vents or on your air filters.
You may also notice more dust in your home or office. You may also see that dust is accumulating quicker than usual after cleaning the area.
This may be a sign that your HVAC unit is not working up to its full potential.
2. The Air Flow Seems Off
Does your air flow seem off? This could indicate mold or dirt buildup in your HVAC unit. Dirty air ducts could be the cause.
You want your air flow to be at its maximum potential. But it’s important that it’s blowing clean air, too.
3. Mysterious Smells
Strange smells may indicate air quality issues. This may also be due to mold growth. Mysterious and foul smells may also be from bug or rodent infestations.
This may indicate that its time for a professional to come and take a look.
4. Temperature Seems to Be Off
If you notice the temperature coming from your HVAC unit is off, it may be the result of dirt, dust or mold buildup. This will cause your unit not to work as efficiently.
Also, if you notice frozen coils or excess condensation, there’s definitely something wrong with your HVAC unit. This can be a sign that there’s not enough air going through the unit due to dirt or another obstruction.
5. Shocking Spikes in Energy Bills
Inconsistent energy bills or sudden spikes may indicate that your HVAC unit is not running efficiently. Of course, first, check to make sure that your energy company has not changed rates or sources.
A clogged filter alone can reduce energy efficiency by nearly 15%. Moldy ducts, dust/dirt buildup, and past issues may cause problems in your unit. These can eventually affect energy use.
Dive Into Air Duct Dilemmas
Don’t give your dirty air ducts another thought! Get your HVAC unit diagnosed and working great in your home or business today.
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