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Should I Invest in Duct Cleaning?
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Should I Invest in Duct Cleaning?

Duct cleaning: it’s a great way to up the residential air quality of a home in need. By tidying up the pipes through which your air flows, your HVAC contractor will make sure that nothing but crystal clean air reaches the lungs of your loved ones.

As awesome as duct cleaning can be, though, it’s not always the solution for poor residential indoor air quality. A variety of things can lead to a stuffy, dirty house, and there are therefore equally as many solutions. Below, Furnace Doctors, your Saint Paul Park providers of HVAC services and duct cleaning, discusses if duct cleaning is right for you.

Are Your Ducts Dirty?

Sounds like a simple question, but for the non-pro, it’s a hard one to answer! This is because it’s all but impossible to see inside your ducts without specialized equipment, so there’s practically no way to know the true state of things unless you have the help of a vent cleaning professional. That being said, there are a few easy-to-spot signs that can point you in the right direction.

One of these signs is dirt on the inside of the visible portion of the ductwork. If it’s thick or matted in appearance, you’re well overdue for some duct cleaning! Buildup on return vents, which tends to take the appearance of little fuzz balls, is also a strong indicator.

How Is Your Filter Doing?

Dusty ducts mean a dusty home—but so does poor air purification on the part of your HVAC filter. It’s important, then, that you examine it alongside your ducts to determine if you need vent cleaning, a filter change, or both. Fixing just one when the other or both need attention won’t get you the results you’re looking for.

We talk in detail about air filters on our HVAC services blog, so check it out to brush up on your know-how. As for when yours needs changing: that depends on a variety of factors, from MERV levels to the dust production within your home. Your HVAC contractor will be able to give you specifics.

Is Your HVAC System as a Whole Flagging?

Whether it’s your furnace or your air conditioning, plenty of things can cause mechanical issues. But if you’ve kept up with your maintenance, your HVAC system is young, and you’re still dealing with excessive wear-and-tear, it could be time to look into duct cleaning. A system that’s clogged up with dust is inefficient, and when your HVAC has to work harder just ot do the bare minimum, premature wear-and-tear results.

Furnace Doctors: Your Secret to Great Residential Indoor Air Quality

As our A+ BBB rating shows, we’re your one-stop shop for everything air quality. Reach our Saint Paul Park office today at 651-789-3082.

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