Does this scenario sound familiar? The temperature drops, and eventually you gotta break down and turn the heat on for the first time. After a few minutes you notice a bit of a funky burning smell. It’s not a fire, but there’s definitely something coming out of those vents that makes the air a little less than pleasant to breathe. It may be time to get those ducts cleaned out.
Dirt and dust make their way into your home through so many avenues, and we have explored different ways to tackle that grime in past blogs: carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, upholstery, etc. In this month’s post, we talk ducts and the benefits of duct cleaning.
So just what gets into your ducts and builds up over the months and years? Pet fur and human hair, dust and debris—particularly after renovation projects—or residue from smoking can all build up in your duct system. Moisture can also get trapped in vents and insulation—and where there’s moisture, there’s a risk of mold. Essentially the ducts are serving as an additional filter keeping that debris out of the air you breathe, so this build-up is not a bad thing in and of itself….to a point. When too much dirt and dust accumulates, however, it is time to take action.
- When ducts are clogged with an excessive volume of debris, to the point where dust and particles are visibly released through the vents.
- When “substantial visible mold growth” is present inside ducts or other components of the heating and cooling system. In such a case, the source of the moisture needs to be detected and dealt with in order to fully address the issue, to ensure the mold doesn’t spread. This could involve removing and replacing insulated air ducts where mold has taken hold.
- When ducts have become infested with rodents or insects: the extra dust and debris provide an attractive breeding ground for vermin. We surely all agree pests are not wanted.