If you want to improve the indoor air quality in your Sarasota, FL home, one of the first places to start is to focus on your ductwork. Dirty or damaged ductwork can severely affect the air that circulates throughout your home when you are using your heater or central air conditioning. This is why it is important to schedule an inspection and cleaning of this vital part of your home’s heating and cooling system as recommended.

When Should an Inspection and Cleaning Be Scheduled?

It is recommended that most homes have their ductwork inspected and cleaned at least every three to five years as needed. This will improve the air quality in your home and help improve the energy efficiency of the heating and cooling system as airflow will be optimized through the ducts.

If the air in your home seems stale or musty, there is a good chance it is because your ductwork needs to be cleaned. Another telltale sign is that you may find more dust accumulating around your air registers and returns.

What Does the Technician Look for During Cleaning?

Our trained technicians will look for deficiencies in your ductwork during your cleaning service. Holes, tears, or loose sections in your ductwork allow contaminants such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and hair to enter the system. Once inside the ductwork, some will continue to recirculate throughout your home.

The contaminants that remain inside your ductwork make an optimal breeding ground for mold, mildew, viruses, and bacteria to grow. These present a health hazard to your family as they are circulated in the air. Most air filters are not capable of trapping viruses and bacteria so you run the risk of increased colds and other illnesses that may affect your family.

The technician will also evaluate your ductwork to make sure there is a sufficient amount of returns to provide proper ventilation. When improper ventilation exists, there is an increased risk of exposure to carbon monoxide because this gas may vent inside, instead of outside your home.

Possible Recommended Courses of Action

If your system is free of leaks and is properly insulated and ventilated, a cleaning is usually all that is needed. However, if there are leaks and tears, the technician may recommend having your ductwork sealed to prevent contaminants from getting in and your warmed or cooled air from escaping.

For ductwork that runs through attics, crawlspaces, or basements, it may be recommended that it be insulated to reduce the loss of cooled or warmed air to your vents. For sections of ductwork that are severely damaged, it may be recommended that they be replaced.

Indoor air quality is a topic that should be a concern to us all and can often be improved by just a cleaning & repair of your ductwork. So, if it has been a while since your last duct cleaning, or you have never scheduled a cleaning, it may be a good time to schedule this service with Custom Air, Inc. today.