For many homeowners, “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t apply when it comes to keeping a clean, well-maintained home. In fact, what we can’t see is often one of our greatest concerns. After all, mold, pests, and other unhealthy substances often lurk and grow in the dark recesses that we can’t see or reach. It’s natural that the clients that I work with are often disturbed about the state of their home’s ductwork, considering the volume of dust and debris that gets filtered unnoticed through them. But in truth, duct cleaning is largely unnecessary except for a few circumstances. Instead of relying on the word of a professional duct cleaning service, understand that your ducts can remain mostly untouched without routine maintenance except for a few situations.
While energy efficiency and indoor air quality are important considerations when gauging whether or not your ducts are in need of a cleaning, there are other concerns to keep an eye for that can present health dangers to your household.
- If you can smell a musty scent, or visibly see mold colonies, you’re undoubtedly in need of a cleaning. Mold, alive or dead and no matter the strain, is always a hazard that you should never allow to fester in your system.
- Unpleasant scents and strange sounds coming from your ducts could indicate a pest issue. Small pests, like insects and mice, can occasionally find entrances in your ductwork when they’re not properly sealed. They’re also favored hideouts for pests who enter in other ways.
- When anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms that can be attributed to poor air quality, it might be worthwhile to take a closer look into your ducts if there aren’t any other imminent causes. This could indicate the presence of mold or decomposing matter.