When it comes to heating and cooling your home, most Bay Area homeowners never give the ductwork much thought. Your HVAC system seems to be functioning properly, so all’s good, right? Maybe, and maybe not. The ductwork is what carries conditioned air into your home, from the furnace to the registers and vents in your home via a series of metal pipes.
Ultimately, as the air circulates through the ducts, whatever is inside those ducts can be expelled into your home, leaving your family with indoor air which is potentially contaminated. Some of the things that tend to collect in ductwork includes dust, dirt, mold, pollen, even animal hair or dander! You don’t want your family breathing in these contaminants and potential allergens, so it may be time for a thorough duct cleaning.
According to the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) ducts should be cleaned when:
- Rodents, insects, or other vermin infest the ductwork
- The duct system or its components indicate the presence of mold
- Debris is clogging ducts which results in contaminants being released into the air inside your home
As trusted Bay Area HVAC professionals we recommend having your ducts cleaned once per year, as part of the annual maintenance of your HVAC system. When ducts are clean, filters don’t get clogged as quickly – and your system is less likely to break down. Improved indoor air quality and better energy efficiency are other benefits homeowners will enjoy.
If you suspect your ducts may need cleaning, the professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning are ready to help. Homeowners in the Bay Area can rely on our team for efficient, reliable service. Give us a call today!