Although you should get an air duct cleaning performed every once in a while in order to ensure the quality of your indoor air, you should also be on the lookout for certain signs that your ducts need to be cleaned right away. One sign that you need to get your air ducts cleaned immediately is if you spot signs of moisture.
All air contains moisture. During the winter, when you are heating your home, moisture is held within the air as vapor, which causes the air to become humid. When the temperature is cooled down, such as during the summers, that air will condense and cause condensation. As you can imagine, this can pose an issue in your duct system. It’s one of the reasons why many homeowners choose to insulate their ducts. The insulation can help keep the temperature in the ducts high enough to prevent condensation from forming when the ducts are not in use. However, the temperature will eventually drop if the ducts are not used, which will eventually lead to condensation.
So why is moisture in your ducts such a bad thing? If there is any dust or dirt in your ducts, which there often is if you don’t get your ducts cleaned on a regular basis, then conditions are ripe for mildew. Some homeowners will try to prevent mildew and its musty smell by running their fans, thinking that the moving air will help dry up any moisture. However, all they are doing is sending more air filled with moisture into the area, which is only adding to the problem.
If you see signs of moisture in your duct system or around your HVAC system, you may want to have your ducts cleaned before mold begins growing. If you think you have too much moisture in your ducts, contact Daffy Ducts for information about our air duct cleaning services. We use a sanitizing fog that will help kill bacteria and mildew.