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How Do You Know When You Need Duct Cleaning?


If you have a traditional forced air system for heating and cooling, you likely have an attic full of ductwork. These ducts are crucial for getting heated and cooled air into your home and can greatly impact the air quality. Over time, dust and dirt can build up inside of your air ducts. When you invest in air duct cleaning, you’re also investing in your family’s health and well-being. 

But how do you know when you need duct cleaning? If you want to learn more about duct cleaning in Shreveport, LA, give our team a call. We can come out and offer a free assessment so you know what to expect. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about the signs that your ducts need to be cleaned.

Dirty Air Filter

If you have to change your air filter more frequently than is recommended, you may have a bigger problem. You should only have to change your air filters every 2-3 months. But having an air filter that gets dirty fast is a bad sign. Your air ducts may be dusty and contributing to a higher dust level in your home. 

Bad Odors

If the air coming from the vents is making your home smell bad, the problem may be the ductwork. You may have to get close to an air vent and smell it directly to see if that is where the odor is coming from. If it is, you may have ventilation problems or even mold and mildew growth inside the ducts. These odors are not just unpleasant, they can also be very dangerous for your health. 

Mold and Mildew

Speaking of mold or mildew, you don’t want to see those growing anywhere in your home. If you notice mold around your air vents or anywhere on your air conditioning unit, you need to call an expert right away. Your home may be too humid, encouraging mold and mildew growth. The spores can enter your air system and get into your ductwork, spreading even faster. To get rid of the problem, you’ll need to have the system cleaned out and consider investing in a dehumidifier. 

Poor Airflow

When you hold your hand up to an air vent in your home, you should feel a steady stream of air when the system is on. If the airflow feels weak, that’s a problem. Dusty and dirty air vents can impact airflow. Dust can also weaken the seals around your air ducts and lead to air escaping before it ever reaches your home. 

Unusual Sounds

When temperatures change, you may hear your air ducts making noise as they expand and contract. But, these noises should not be loud or alarming. They also should not happen frequently. If you’re hearing a lot of sounds coming from your ductwork, you definitely want to get it checked out. 

No History of Cleaning

If you’ve never had your air ducts cleaned, it’s good to do it at least a handful of times over the life of your system. It gives our technicians a chance to inspect your duct system and make adjustments that can improve efficiency. We can also wipe down the inside of all of your ductwork to remove dust and dirt that accumulate over time. This can prevent allergens and dust from recirculating around your home again and again. 

Hall’s Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration can help with your emergency AC needs. Call the doctor of home comfort today to schedule an appointment.

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