There is nothing better than being able to take a breath when you get home — unless that air isn’t clean. Air quality is important, and unclean air can cause reactions in the healthiest of people. Unfortunately, there isn’t a manual to show when you need to change or clean your ducts, making it easy to forget.
Here at Star Mechanical, we are dedicated to air conditioning education. Air conditioning, heating and cooling services have never been easier to learn about! In Manteca, California, the winters can be chilly and those summers hit new levels of heat. To figure out if you need a duct cleaning, you should look for:
Clogging and Odor
One of the indicators that you need to start cleaning your air ducts is the presence of clogging and odor. Your air vent will generally start with clear air registers, which will not release anything visible. A clogged vent will release a lot of dust whenever it started, letting you know it’s past time to clean.
The same can also be said for odor. This is going to be one of the most notable indicators that it’s time to clean. If you’re noticing a smell coming from all around the house, it may be coming from the vent. To remove the clog, you can either consult a professional or remove the dirty air filter yourself.
Mold, Mildew and Dust
One of the more disruptive and deep-seated issues your air duct can have is mold. Mold, mildew and dust all build up after a longer period of neglect and can be hard to remove. Luckily, even this deep-seated issue generally doesn’t call for professional AC maintenance.
Rather, mold, mildew and dust all can affect your health in the long term. Allergies and respiratory conditions will be inflamed, as spores create symptoms such as:
- and difficulty breathing
To remove mold, you should use a mold removal cleaning agent and inhibitor. Wearing protective equipment, turn the power off and begin to scrub and vacuum the mold. After that, watch for regrowth to see if you need a professional’s intervention.
Insects or Vermin
Did you know that air vents are one of the easiest ways for bugs and vermin to get into your house? If you’re noticing that vermin have made their home in your vent, it’s time to contact the professionals. Most of the work that you can do against vermin is preventative, such as screens over your vents.
Whenever your professional begins removal, it is a good idea to ask for an indoor air quality test. Waste from vermin can severely affect human health, and it may be best for your family to stay somewhere else while the vermin are being removed.
Looking for Better Manteca Indoor Air Quality?
Air ducts are hard to maintain on your own, which is what we are here for. Whether you’re trying to clean your air vent or are in need of big repairs, we at Star Mechanical can do it all. Heating, cooling, indoor air quality and emergency repairs are all one phone call away. Families in Manteca, California matter to us, so call today to schedule your services!