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How Do You Know If You Should Clean Your Ducts?

HVAC Maintenance Equipment

How Do You Know If You Should Clean Your Ducts?

Nothing is better than coming home to a clean, fresh house after a long day. Similarly, nothing is worse than coming home to a filthy, smelly home after a long day.

Many homeowners know when it’s time to clean their bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, not all homeowners know when they have to clean their air ducts.

Thankfully, there are a number of signs that homeowners can look out for. By knowing how to identify these signs, a homeowner will know exactly when they need to clean their ducts.

Sign #1 – An Abundance of Dust

One of the most noticeable signs that the ducts need to be cleaned is an abundance of dust.

After turning on the HVAC unit, there should be no signs of dust or dirt. However, if the ducts are filthy, they will potentially begin to emit clouds of dust.

Sign #2 – Disgusting Odor

A nose knows when something smells bad. Dirty air ducts have a very distinct odor that can be easily identified. If there is an odd smell coming out of the vents, it is definitely time to get the ducts cleaned.

If there is no smell but the homeowner is still suspicious, he or she can call a professional HVAC technician come and inspect the ducts.

Sign #3 – Uneven Airflow

One of the final signs that homeowners can identify is an uneven airflow. A homeowner can measure the airflow by comparing different rooms.

If the ducts in each room are not performing consistently, there is a good chance that they could have dust and debris built up inside of them. Homeowners that believe they have an uneven airflow should get in contact with a professional.

Bonus – Perform a Duct Test

For the homeowners that just can’t get the sneaking suspicions out of their head, there is one final thing that they can do. These homeowners can perform a duct test.

Although some homeowners may want to try doing it themselves, the test requires a special fan and pressure gauge. This test measures the number of air leaks in the system. If the system has a number of leaks, it should it be cleaned and fixed immediately.

If you have any question, comments, or concerns about cleaning your air ducts, don’t be afraid to get in contact with the air duct experts at Twin Tech Heating and Cooling.

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