Five Signs Your Home’s Air Needs Cleaning
For those of us in Arizona, central air is an extremely common (and very necessary) home addition that keeps us cool and comfortable all year long, no matter how hot it gets outside. Central air runs through your home through a series of ducts that are tucked away inside walls and through ceilings, and they circulate air throughout every square inch of your house.
Obviously, you want the air that your family breathes to be the highest quality available, but that’s not always the kind of air that is blowing through your home. Breathing clean, fresh air may be something that you don’t consider all too often, but when the air quality of your home turns from pristine to downright dirty, it can be a lot more dangerous than you think.
While reduced air quality may not be at the forefront of your mind, if you have children in your home or a member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, the quality of your home’s air can play a vital role in the development of preventable illnesses and breathing issues.
If you think your home’s air quality can stand to be improved, it may be time to consider that your ducts or your air conditioning unit might be the problem.
Be on the lookout for these five common signs and symptoms if you suspect that ducts or your AC may be causing your home’s poor air quality, and breathe easy knowing that you can do something to change the condition of the air your home’s HVAC unit provides.
- Dust and Debris BuildupYes, living in the Arizona desert means dealing with some blowing dust and debris inside your home, but if you have noticed an unprecedented buildup of dust in your home, your AC unit may be trapping and circulating too much dust.When you turn on your air conditioning unit, do you notice a puff of dust from your vents? If so, it may be time for a cleaning.
- Uneven Airflow from Room to RoomIf you have noticed that some rooms in your home are no longer receiving the same level of air output that they originally had, you may have a blockage. If every vent is fully open, but the vents continue to blow a reduced amount of air, there could be a clogged duct in need of a professional cleaning.
- Buildup on Your InletsYour air intake inlets pull in fresh air, push it through your air filter, and that air circulates through your home. Inspect your inlets for a dust and pet hair, and if you see an uncommon amount of buildup on your intakes or a blockage inside the air conditioning unit, a full cleaning of the unit and/or ducts can restore your vents to tip-top shape.
- Everyone is Suddenly SufferingIf you have noticed that members of your family have suddenly developed increased asthma symptoms, runny noses, congestion, and out of season allergies, there is a chance that your air quality is to blame. Molds, fungi, and dust are all responsible for decreased air quality, and breathing those dangerous microbes can lead to much more severe illnesses like sinus problems and respiratory infections.An air conditioning unit inspection can help you discover the source of your family’s health issues, so do not hesitate to have your heating and cooling system checked for signs of mold.
- Noises Appear
When your air conditioner kicks on and air begins to blow, do you hear any whistling, screeching, or banging noises along with the normal operating hum of your motor? If so, you may have a blockage in your duct or a larger issue in your air conditioning unit.When insulation falls inside your ducts, it can act as both a barrier for airflow and a sponge upon which dust, dirt, and debris attaches. While some duct blockages can be seen from inlets and vents, others may be hiding in your walls or ceilings.If your air conditioning unit is making noises, a professional technician can diagnose the problem and repair it to make sure that a small clanging sound doesn’t result in complete system shut down.If you are still unsure if it is your duct or your air conditioning unit, give us a call today. Our team of expert technicians will be there to help pinpoint the problem with your system and get you breathing fresh, clean air again quickly.