San Francisco Homeowners: It’s Time For A Duct Cleaning When . . .

At Ortiz Duct Cleaning, we realize that having your ducts cleaned is something most Hayward and Bay Area homeowners don’t give much thought to. It’s important to know that allergens lurk in the air inside your home, and there is really no way to completely eliminate them. However, scheduling a duct cleaning is one way to get rid of the majority of allergens and dust that make their way into your HVAC system, and ultimately into your home. In our efforts to help provide you with the cleanest, healthiest indoor air possible, we want to help you understand the symptoms that may indicate a thorough duct cleaning is in order. So, without further ado . . .

You may need a good duct cleaning when . . .

Your HVAC system cycles on, and you see a puff of dust coming from the registers. This is obvious evidence that over time, a substantial amount of dust has accumulated in your ducts.

Critters are living in your ducts. While you may not see this since it’s unlikely you physically look at your duct work on a regular basis, rodents and insects do make themselves right at home in your ducts. This means droppings, perhaps even remains when a rodent dies inside your ducts. While the thought is repulsive, particulate matter from these rodents and insects may be carried into the rooms of your home, considering the air is delivered through these ducts.

Mold is growing inside the ducts. Since they’re enclosed, it’s almost impossible to see mold growing with the naked eye. You can either make an educated guess, or have an HVAC technician test your ducts. In most cases, if your technician discovers evidence that mold is growing on your air conditioning coils, there is a good chance it’s present in your ducts as well.

When should you have your ducts cleaned? Most experts agree every two to three years is sufficient, unless you suspect or have visible evidence of the conditions above. If you have recently remodeled your home you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned, as the dust and sawdust stirred up in these conditions can really build up inside.

Considering duct cleaning for your Bay Area home? Count on Ortiz for expert service you can count on.