It’s essential to have an HVAC professional maintain the air conditioner in your Timberlane, LA home every year before the cooling season begins. Routine maintenance ensures the unit functions as efficiently as possible, keeping the home as cool as possible without drawing too much energy that your energy bills will increase. In addition, having the unit maintained will allow the tech to detect minor issues before escalating to something serious that can be more challenging and expensive to repair.
Many homeowners make routine maintenance a priority but often neglect the air ducts. The air ducts deliver the cold air from the unit to the vents in every room of the house, and if there’s an issue with the ducts, it can affect the airflow. In addition, some problems can put your family’s health, and it’s best to schedule a duct cleaning service every three to five years.
If you aren’t sure if a duct cleaning service is worth the time and money to have the ducts cleaned, you should consider how your home and family can benefit from having the service performed regularly.
#1 Better Air Quality
Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate in the air ducts. In just one year, up to five pounds of debris can accumulate in the ducts, restricting the airflow from the vents. The HVAC system will have to work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature, causing your energy bills to increase. In addition, the added work will strain the unit and can reduce its maximum lifespan.
When the ducts are clogged, the debris will circulate in the air when the HVAC system runs, affecting your home’s air quality while causing your family to develop allergy symptoms.
Fortunately, scheduling a duct cleaning service will solve these problems. An HVAC tech will remove all of the debris accumulated in the air ducts and the air quality in your home while keeping your family healthy.
#2 Detect Damaged Ducts
The air ducts in your Timberlane, LA home are hidden behind walls, under the floors, or above the ceilings. Over time, damage can occur that you won’t be able to see, and the only signs will be restricted airflow from the vents and inconsistent temperatures in your home.
If the ducts are cracked, broken, or the seal has failed, the cold or warm air from the unit will leak from the damaged areas, resulting in inadequate airflow. In addition, the heat or cold air from outside can leak into the ducts from the damaged area, affecting the temperature in your house, causing the unit to work harder, increasing your energy bills, and decreasing the unit’s lifespan.
During the duct cleaning service, the tech will inspect the air ducts for signs of damage and make the necessary repair, allowing the air to flow freely through the vents, and the HVAC system won’t have to work overtime.
#3 Mold Detection
As mentioned above, the air ducts in your Timberlane are hidden, so they are dark, and light doesn’t shine into the ducts. When it’s humid, condensation forms in the ducts, and without light shining in, the moisture won’t dry quickly, creating the perfect environment for mold growth.
Mold in the ducts is a serious problem because when the HVAC system runs, mold spores from the air ducts will circulate in the air, which can be hazardous to your family’s health.
Mold exposure is dangerous and can cause a variety of health issues, including:
- Eye irritation
- Chronic headaches
- Allergy symptoms
- Breathing and respiratory issues
- Skin rashes
- Weakened immune system
- Worsens chronic respiratory and lung conditions and the symptoms
When you schedule a duct cleaning service, the tech will inspect the air ducts for mold. Fortunately, mold can easily be eradicated with an antimicrobial fogger, and the treatment will prevent mold growth in the future. If you smell mold when the HVAC system runs, it’s best to schedule a duct cleaning as quickly as possible.
#4 Detect a Rodent Infestation
The air ducts in your Timberlane, LA home are an excellent place for rodents to create a nest. The air ducts are dark and hidden so the rodents will feel safe. In addition, when everyone is in bed, the rodents can raid the cupboards and will have a never-ending food source. Just because you can’t see the rodents, it doesn’t mean they can put your family’s health at risk.
Wild mice and rats can carry several strains of hantaviruses. If there’s a rodent infestation in the ducts, particles from the rodents’ urine, droppings, or saliva will circulate in the air when the HVAC system runs and can make you and your family sick. Breathing these particles causes an illness called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a severe lung disease, and without proper treatment, the disease can be fatal.
An HVAC tech will inspect the air ducts for signs of an infestation during a routine duct cleaning service, allowing you to eradicate the infestation before it makes someone sick.
#5 You Have Pets
Cats and dogs are excellent companions and make wonderful pets. The only downside of having a pet is the shedding. Pets shed and leave fur on your clothes, furniture, bedding, and all over your home, and the fur can end up in the air ducts. If you have a breed that doesn’t shed, they will still shed dander that can end up in the air ducts. When the HVAC system runs, the fur and danger will circulate in the air, causing allergy symptoms.
If you’re a pet owner, it’s best to have a duct cleaning service performed every three years rather than five to ensure safe air quality.
Call bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans
If you’re due for a duct cleaning service or have never had the ducts cleaned, call Bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans. We were once just a plumbing and drain company and have since expanded and are also a full-service HVAC company.
Our techs have undergone thousands of hours of professional training and have the knowledge, experience, and skill to handle all HVAC jobs.
We are members of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 5-star rating on Google.
To schedule an appointment for a duct cleaning service or any other plumbing or HVAC service, give bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans a call today.