Air ducts run throughout your home, allowing for air to move freely in every room and you need to be aware of the signs that your ducts are overdue for a cleaning. These ducts are part of the heating and cooling system, providing an outlet for hot or cold air into each room. Air ducts are connected to vents, which can be placed on the floor, ceiling or walls. While these ducts are common in almost all modern construction, very few people give them much thought. The fact is that air ducts need to be cleaned.

While other parts of your home are cleaned for aesthetic reasons, air duct cleaning can actually affect your health.

Because air ducts run behind the walls, it is not always obvious when they need to be cleaned. The first step is to visually examine your ducts. Air ducts will often collect dust on the exterior of the register, and while you should clean these registers consistently, this does not necessarily warrant a full air duct cleaning. Instead, you need to assess whether or not there is more contamination inside leading to dirty air. To do this, closely inspect the registers for signs of mold, excessive dust or vermin. You can even remove the cover to look inside the air duct for a better view. While you may see some dust or debris near the outlet, an air duct cleaning company will use cameras to view the depths of the air ducts, cleaning and sanitizing the entire duct.

You may also be able to tell whether or not your air ducts are releasing dirty air based on your family’s health. Dust, vermin and mold can trigger allergies in many people. When these things are present in your ducts, your family may suffer from chronic health issues. These issues may include cough, red eyes, congestion, sore throat, headache, chest infection or other breathing problems. If no other culprit can be found, a duct cleaning should be considered.

If you suspect your air ducts need to be cleaned, be sure to contact Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning for a free estimate. Our trained and certified air duct cleaning professionals will ensure that your ducts are thoroughly cleaned. We’ve been serving Albuquerque area homeowners for more than 30 years.