Despite routinely replacing filters, your home’s ducted air conditioner gets dirty with regular everyday use. And unfortunately, your air ducts are a favourite hiding place for dust, dirt, and allergens. These contaminants and air pollutants that can not only harm your indoor air quality, but can also cause your system to work harder. This not only increases your energy bills, but it can also significantly shorten the lifespan of your system.
That’s why it’s important to regularly check the condition of your air ducts to see if they could use air duct cleaning services. Here are the signs that your ducted air conditioner needs cleaning.
Noise Inside the Air Ducts
If you notice a whistling or other noise coming out of the vent, there might be a blockage in the ducts. A blockage can happen if a piece of the insulation or a broken piece of filter gets in the ducts. The blockage can also occur if the damper is full with dust. In all such circumstances, you should hire a professional technician for duct cleaning.
Rising Heating and Cooling Costs
Another telltale sign that you need to get your ducts cleaned is a noticeable increase in your heating and cooling bills. Specifically, you see an increase even though you aren’t using the system more than usual. First, check your utility rates to figure out if the increase is due to a rise in cost from the electrical supply company. If you don’t find the problem there, dust and debris may be clogging your air ducts. As such, the air conditioner and heater may be working in overdrive to compensate for the diminished airflow.
Air Flow Varies From Room to Room
Ideally, the air flow from all the vents in the house should be the same. Check to see if there is definitely a difference in the flow of air emerging from the vent in the living room and the one in the bedroom. In addition, when the air flow variance is enough to be noticed, that’s a sure sign something is up. After examining the system and the ducts, the issue could be that the ducts need a thorough cleaning.
Mould in the System
Considering air conditioner cools down the temperature, condensation can occur within the system, especially when there is a difference in temperature between it and the surrounding warmer air. Furthermore, these conditions can create an environment that is conducive to mould growth in your system.
Knowing this, you should check if there is any mould around the vent openings. In routine maintenance, professional technicians may also find mould inside the ducts. Leaving mould there can aggravate allergies and negatively affect respiratory health.
You Notice Rodents or Insects
Wildlife in your ducts is a big problem. If you notice any signs that there might be an infestation in your ducts, it’s definitely time to have your air ducts cleaned by a professional. Look out for small scratches, insect husks and shells along with rodent droppings. All could be signs that you have a couple of unwanted house guests living in your vents.
If any of these signs seem familiar to you, call Service Today on 1300 859 383 for expert duct cleaning in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. We have a team of experienced technicians who have years of experience in performing repairs and cleaning air conditioners. Hence, you can count on Service Today’s licensed and certified technicians to perform professional work for you.