air duct cleaningThere’s no doubt that spring is here, and that means it’s time to clean house. But in your quest for cleanliness, it’s important not to overlook necessary HVAC repairs and maintenance. After all, the average American household spends 2.7% of their income on energy bills; if your system has a lot of build-up, you’ll likely end up paying more. Regular air duct cleaning will keep your system running smoothly and your family feeling healthy. However, the following three signs indicate you’re probably long-overdue for air duct cleaning. If you spot any of these signs, be sure to call us right away to schedule an appointment.

1.Visible dust, debris, and pet hair
One easy way to tell if you’re in need of duct cleaning is to open your vent covers and take a look inside. You may need to shine a flashlight to see clearly. If you notice excessive dust, debris, and a lot of pet hair, you’re definitely in dire need of cleaning. This buildup keeps your system from running as well as it should, so if you want to save money and reduce your risk of early repairs or replacement, schedule a cleaning ASAP.

2. Register buildup
You may not even have to open your vent covers to tell if you need air duct cleaning. If your air registers are coated in thick, fuzzy dust you can see right away, there’s no question you need to call for a cleaning. This can severely impact the air quality of your home (you and your family are breathing all that gunk in!), which can be especially damaging for those with allergies or asthma. If you don’t have to look too hard to find that buildup, that’s not a good sign.

3. Rodent or pest activity
You don’t necessarily have to have dust and hair buildup, either. If you see signs of insect or rodent activity, like discarded shells, scratches, or animal droppings near your vents, it’s likely you have an infestation on your hands. Regular duct cleanings will make certain these pests stay out and that your family won’t suffer any negative health effects as a result.

If you can’t remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned, it’s likely been way too long. Make sure you take care of these potential health hazards before they impact your family. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Jones Heating and Air today.