People who love old homes aren't normally put off by the history of the home. In fact, for many, this is part of the appeal. They're also not typically scared of all the hidden problems and repairs they may unearth. One thing they may not stop to think about is their heat ducts, however. When you consider that dust is primarily comprised of shed human skin cells, and you really think about all the dust, along with pet dander, hair, dead spiders and cobwebs, and leaves, and everything else that must have surely collected over the years, it's kind of gross.
Dirty ducts can also reduce air quality and make allergies worse, especially in old homes where tobacco was smoked and countless pets or uninvited critters lived. There may also be mold and mildew issues. Thankfully, your heating, venting, and air conditioning contractor can clean your ducts for you. Here's four things you should be aware of.
Choose A Reputable HVAC Contractor
Not all duct work cleaners are equal. Some non-professionals have started their own fly-by-night small business touting the improved air quality that will be had if you clean your ducts. While this may be the case, a less-than-reputable company could actually do damage to your heating ducts. Make sure you consult with a qualified HVAC professional.
When Should You Have Your Heat Ducts Cleaned?
Ideally, your heat ducts should be cleaned before you move into a "new" older home. This will give you a fresh start. Your HVAC contractor can also do an inspection of the system at the same time and run you through the operating procedure.
People who smoke cigarettes, pipes, or cigars in their home, have multiple pets that shed a lot, suffer from severe allergies, or have had a recent varmint infestation should also have their heating ducts cleaned annually. Scheduling it during your annual checkup is a good idea. If you have had a fire, you will also want your ducts cleaned to remove any soot. This will also help reduce any foul odors.
Be Prepared To Replace Duct Work
Like anything else in your home, not much lasts forever. Your duct work can get old and outdated like anything else. Your HVAC contractor may recommend you replace duct work rather than clean it.
Prevent Future Issues
You can dramatically cut down on dirty and dusty ducts simply by changing your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly. Use the best ones you can afford to keep your air, ducts, and furnace clean and working well.
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