One of the most overlooked features of many people's air conditioning systems are the air ducts. The air ducts play an extremely important role in your air conditioning system and are responsible for moving air throughout your home. It is important that you don't forget to clean your air ducts as over time, dirt and dust can build up inside of them as well as more harmful things such as mold. Here are four things that you can do to ensure that your air ducts are cleaned properly.
#1 Clean Your Vents
Your vents go over your ducts and is the last thing the air that flows through your ducts has to go through before it enters your home. Try to clean your ducts on a regular basis. When you vacuum or mop your floor, be sure to also clean off your vent covers. Wipe them down on both sides at least once a week. Dirt that gets on your vent covers can easily make its way into your duct system.
Also, try to keep things away from your vent covers. Do not allow your pets or children to play near them. That could contribute to dirt getting into the vent and duct system. Keep away all household items from your vent covers in order to keep your duct system as clean as possible.
#2 Clean Visible Ducts
A couple of times a month, you should clean the ducts that you can access by using your vacuum cleaner to suck up dirt and debris that has fallen through your vents and into the ducts. This will help keep the overall duct system clean and should only add a few minutes onto your normal vacuuming routine a few times a month.
#3 Change Out Your Filter On Time
Before air is pushed through your duct system, it goes through your air filter in your air conditioner. Make sure that you check your air filter on a monthly basis. If your air filter is clogged or dirty, clean it if you are able to. If you have a type of filter that cannot be cleaned, replace it as soon as you notice that it is getting dirty or clogged on your monthly check. This will help keep dust and mold particles out of your ducts to begin with.
#4 Have Your Ducts Tested For Mold
Air ducts are responsible for moving air throughout your home. This air is not always dry; it can be contain moisture. This creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive inside of your air ducts - they are dark and moist, and oftentimes warm.
Mold spores that travel through the air can easily rest inside of your air ducts and make your air ducts their new home. Mold generally takes hold and grows on the hard surfaces inside of your air ducts on within your air conditioning system.
You may be able to visually spot mold, but the best way to find out if you have mold in your ducts is to to have a sample collected from your ducts and analyzed in a lab for mold. If you have mold, you are going to want to have a professional HVAC professional, like one from Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., come, clean your vents and test to ensure that the mold infection is gone. You should always insist on a confirmation test that the mold has actually been cleared from your system.
By being proactive, you can help keep your duct system clean. You should also get your duct system tested for mold to ensure that the air that your family is breathing is safe and not contaminated.