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Should You Have the Air Ducts Cleaned in Your Glendale Home?

an HVAC technician doing air duct cleaning

It’s only natural to worry about the potential dust bunnies and foreign objects that could be lurking in your air ducts. Many people wonder, “Should I have my air ducts cleaned?” Surprisingly, you will find that duct cleaning is potentially an unnecessary and invasive process that may harm the duct system.

Even though you may think air duct cleaning is needed, it won’t help you avoid costly repairs. It won’t make your HVAC system work more efficiently.  If you are concerned about your air ducts, get them checked by UFirst Heating and Cooling experts today!

What Is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning entails cleaning out numerous heating and cooling system parts. That goes beyond air ducts, as it can include diffusers, cooling coils, fan motors with housing, condensate drain pans, and air handling unit housing.

Duct cleaning uses special tools to dislodge the debris in the ducts to make them loose before they get vacuumed out. Are you looking at your vents and wondering, “Should I have my air ducts cleaned?” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend air duct cleaning unless completely necessary.

What Can You Expect From a Duct Cleaning Service?

Did your air ducts get clogged due to a house renovation or pest damage? Duct cleaning is necessary in these cases, as specialists need to remove debris clogging up your air ducts.

Afterward, however, routine air duct cleaning is not needed, as general periodic maintenance is enough. In fact, duct cleaning may harm the airflow or cause other types of damage. It doesn’t permanently get rid of mold either.

During an air duct cleaning service, specialists use a quality roto bristol brush machine including a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter and vacuum. The brush machine is run through the ductwork several times, starting from the furthest part. The HVAC expert removes the dirt and debris from the main ducts and then conducts furnace and indoor coil cleaning.

Why Is There Dirt on the Vent?

Many Glendale, AZ homeowners with an HVAC system wonder why their airflow vents have dirt on and around them. They may think that there’s too much dust and debris in their vents. The presence of dirt is a common trigger for people to wonder if they should have their air ducts cleaned. However, it’s probably not necessary.

Often, the dirt around the vent occurs due to the high-speed airflow creating a static electric charge. That static charge leads the dust in the air from rugs, carpets, and pets to stick to the ceiling and the vent area.

Getting some dirt on the vent is similar to any static charge that can occur. For example, if you get static charge on your shoes, you may find more debris and dust getting stuck to your sneakers.

What Should I Do If I See Dirt on the Vent?

If you find that the inside of your air vent has too much dirt and dust while the filter gets dirty rather quickly, your air duct system might be leaky. As a result, your vents are sucking in dust and debris from the attic or another storage area with too much dust.

In that case, your duct system needs stronger sealing. If you’re concerned about the excess dirt in your air ducts, contact an HVAC professional to fix the problem. 

What To Do Before Scheduling a Duct Cleaning

It’s not beneficial to have your air ducts cleaned regularly since the process can potentially damage your duct system. Instead of seeking an air duct cleaning, have the HVAC experts from UFirst perform an inspection and figure out the next steps. Give us a call today for an HVAC inspection.