Whether you do them yourself or have an HVAC professional come in, there are plenty of advantages of having your air ducts cleaned. First off, the cleaner air ducts are the cleaner the air is. Second, having your air ducts cleaned regularly can help your HVAC system health.
When it comes to air duct cleaning, you need to focus on two things. First, you need to get rid of the foreign particles that may have found their way into the ducts. Second, you need to check how much moisture is getting into the air ducts. Ideally, there should be little to no moisture getting into your HVAC system.
Foreign Particles in Your HVAC System
There are plenty of things you can do. Getting rid fo dust and debris is actually pretty simple. Thes easiest way is to use a quality air filter. The filter will do a lot of the work for you. Although, not every air filter is made to work the same. Each HVAC system is made a little different, get in touch with its manufacturer and check out their recommendation.
Having a good air filter does not mean you are set for life, you will have to periodically change it. We recommend replacing it regularly, especially if you have lots of pets in your home.
Ensure that you properly install all of the filters, this is a simple way of preventing particles from entering an HVAC system. Most HVAC systems use multiple filters and if one of them is not properly fitted into their spot, that just becomes space for the dust and other particles to enter.
Another way to stop dust from entering into the ducts is to make sure that you vacuum your home consistently. Regularly vacuuming will prevent the dust in your carpet from ever reaching your HVAC system. To get the most of your vacuuming, cleaning experts recommend using high-efficiency filters for your vacuum.
If you have a professional cleaning company coming over to have a look at your HVAC system, make a point to ask them to clean the system’s drains as well. Professionals can know the ins and outs of cleaning the coils of your HVAC system.
How to Prevent Moisture
Having moisture in your air ducts can cause bacteria to grow in the air ducts. Any mold that forms in an air duct as a result of this moisture may lead to a wide array of health concerns. Usually, condensation is the reason for moisture in air ducts. Varying and fluctuating temperatures in the air can quickly cause water build up. Condensation is something that happens on its own and there isn’t’ much you can do to prevent it. This is precisely why the HVAC systems of today are equipped with features that deal with condensation on their own.
Moisture in your HVAC system may also cause leaky pipes due to rusting. The best way to deal with water in your HVAC system is to have it serviced. Another step is in dealing with moisture is sealing and insulating your air ducts. This helps in reducing condensation which ultimately will lead to less moisture. Having the right size of HVAC system is also an important factor in this moisture dilemma. If you have an HVAC system that is too big for your home, it is more likely to run a cycle. As systems cycle, it weakens its ability to remove moisture from the air.