Summertime in Conroe, Texas, should be the season for lazy afternoons at the pool, cookouts with the family, and evenings relaxing in your air-conditioned oasis. If your HVAC system’s ductwork is dirty, however, your home won’t feel quite so cool or comfortable. Look for these five signs that you should have your ducts cleaned, and learn how this process can improve both your airflow and your quality of life.
You Haven’t Changed the Air Filter in Months
As a Texas homeowner, you shouldn’t let your HVAC system’s air filter go unchanged for more than two months. During the summer and other seasons that require constant air conditioner use, the air filter is responsible for trapping dust, debris, pollen, pet dander, and an extensive list of other airborne contaminants. Once the air filter is full, however, these particles can collect in your ductwork or even in the air conditioner itself.
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In addition to scheduling a duct cleaning session, do yourself a favor and ask about Integrity Comfort Solutions’ preventive HVAC maintenance. Our standard maintenance package includes changing your air filter, cleaning the air conditioner, and several other key tasks, so you can start taking a proactive approach to your HVAC system.
The Registers and Vent Covers Have Visible Dust
Even with a weekly housecleaning routine, dirty ducts often reveal themselves through dust buildup on your vent covers and registers. You might also see unusual levels of dust distributed around your home, prompting you to wonder if you ever cleaned at all. If this sounds familiar, call our experienced HVAC technicians to take a closer look at your home’s ductwork.
To prevent future dust buildup, talk with our techs about high-quality air filters or even an air purifier. These devices work with your HVAC system to trap a variety of airborne particles like dust, tobacco smoke, and bacteria before they enter the ductwork.
You Detect Mold in or Around Your HVAC System
Dust can negatively affect your health, but mold is a whole different ballgame. Not only can this growth exacerbate allergies and respiratory problems, but it can also spread quickly through your home. Whether you spot mold around the vent covers, or you see it growing around your indoor air conditioning unit, it’s important to take action quickly to preserve your home’s indoor air quality.
In addition to a complete duct cleaning, our technicians may also recommend that you take additional precautions against excess moisture in your home. Mold grows in wet areas, something that you can prevent with a whole-home dehumidifier or even optimized settings on your programmable thermostat. If your air conditioning unit seems to attract mold and other bacteria, an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light can offer a straightforward solution.
Airflow Isn’t Consistent From Room to Room
If you’ve ever noticed that a bathroom, bedroom, or even family room doesn’t receive the same level of airflow that other rooms do, you might have a dirty-duct problem. After all, vents that are fully open should deliver relatively consistent airflow from room to room.
You can easily improve the comfort level throughout your home by giving our HVAC technicians a call. We’ll take a closer look at the problem vents, inspect the dirt and dust buildup, and propose a solution that keeps your HVAC system running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
You Can Hear Noises in the Ductwork
After you’ve lived with your HVAC system for a few months or years, you know its quirks and sounds like the back of your hand. What you might not realize, however, is that the ductwork shouldn’t generate additional noise. If you hear anything more than the blower motor or a general whooshing sound, this is a sign that your ductwork might have a blockage or accumulated dust and debris.
Rather than trying to get to the bottom of this potentially complex problem yourself, don’t hesitate to call a professional. Thanks to more than 35 years of experience, we can tell you whether your system needs a duct cleaning, air conditioner maintenance, a replacement part, or other HVAC work.
Ready to schedule duct cleaning service for your home? Call the ductwork experts at Integrity Comfort Solutions to set up an appointment today: 281-346-3095.