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The air inside your University Park, Florida, home travels through your HVAC system’s ductwork several times every day. Contaminants that collect in your ducts will spread to the rest of your home over time, reducing your indoor air quality. To prevent this, you should have your ductwork cleaned by the professionals at Aqua Plumbing & Air at least every five years.

Check to see if your ductwork is dirty by removing one of your air registers. If you can reach into the duct and wipe away dirt or dust, it’s probably time to contact an expert. You won’t be able to reach all the surfaces to clean your ductwork by yourself, and you could accidentally damage your ducts if you try. Professional duct cleaning can provide pest control, allergy prevention, energy savings, and increased comfort for you and your family.

Pest Control

Your ductwork could be a warm, safe shelter for many types of pests, including mice, dust mites, and cockroaches. The humid Florida air even gives them all the moisture they need. Mice and rats can damage your home by chewing through wood and wire, and they often cause strange scratching or skittering noises as they move through your ducts. Pest droppings can cause bad smells and spread disease, and fur or exoskeletons can increase asthma attacks. A pest control company can help you get rid of any pests, but you’ll need duct cleaning to remove all the contaminants they left behind.

Since insects can fit through very small gaps in your ductwork, you should have your ducts checked for leaks, along with the outer walls of your home. That way, you won’t have to worry about more pests invading your ductwork looking for a comfy place to nest.

Allergy Prevention

Many people are allergic to pest droppings, pollen, pet dander, dust, biological growth, and other common indoor air contaminants. Symptoms can include rashes, eye irritation, sinus problems, headaches, sore throats, and fatigue. You might feel better when you leave your home for a few hours, and then experience symptoms again when you come back. Even healthy people often experience sneezing and coughing when they have to breathe dusty, dirty, or smelly air.

Changing your HVAC system’s air filter often, cleaning regularly, and using an air purifier can help you avoid allergy symptoms. However, you won’t be able to eliminate all of the allergens in your home without duct cleaning from an expert.

Energy Savings

Pests and contaminants in your ductwork can reduce your HVAC system’s airflow, forcing it to work harder and use more energy to get conditioned air to the parts of your home where it’s needed. If you have dirty ductwork, you could notice high utility bills, uncomfortable temperature differences between rooms, warm areas, or drafts. Fortunately, duct cleaning is affordable, and it will help you save energy over time.

After you get your ducts cleaned, dust all of your air registers and make sure they’re not blocked by furniture or carpeting. You should also add insulation to your ductwork if needed and make sure that your HVAC system’s outdoor unit is free from debris like grass clippings, leaves, or untrimmed vegetation. That way, you can save even more energy.

Increased Comfort

Duct cleaning can help you improve your indoor air quality and get rid of bad smells and contaminants from smoke, paint, and cleaners. It can help you get rid of scents that could make guests uncomfortable or keep you from selling your property in the future. You can even wait longer between dusting and vacuuming without dirt and dust accumulation. Removing biological growth in your ductwork will keep it from spreading and causing damage and smells in your home.

Aqua Plumbing & Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with over 75 service vehicles and more than 40 years of cooling and heating experience. We can help you with duct cleaning and a variety of other HVAC upgrades, maintenance, and repairs. We also offer outstanding plumbing, water treatment, and electrical services. Call us any time at (941) 306-3715 for high-quality work and friendly, honest customer service from our expert technicians.

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