A Musty Home Might be a Sign of Dirty Ductwork

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dirty ductwork may cause a musty home

You dust and sweep but your home is dusty the next day. Or, maybe you clean and spray deodorizer all the time, but you still smell a musty odor in your home.

If either of these scenarios describes the daily living in your home, the culprit might not be your housekeeping but your ductwork.

Your air ducts are an important part of your home’s HVAC system. But they can become caked with pet hair, debris and other dirty items after years of use. Some ways to determine if your home’s ductwork needs to be professionally cleaned include:

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Dusty vents

If your vents quickly become covered in a thick layer of dust despite frequent vacuuming, the interior of your ductwork might be full of debris. When dust settles inside of your vents, it gets pushed down into the ductwork. When you turn on your air conditioning or heating, the unit will blow back some of this dust onto your air vents.

Moldy smell

Even if you open a window or spray room deodorizer but the smell of mold or mildew remains, you might have a mold problem located deep within your ductwork. Mold actually “eats” the dust accumulated in your ducts and uses it to grow and spread throughout your system.

Inefficient airflow

If you’re not getting enough heat or air through your vents and you’ve noticed a jump in your utility bill, you may have a blockage in your ductwork. Some of the air may pass around the debris, but it will still result in less efficiency.

Improved respiratory issues

If you’ve been sneezing and coughing more or have had your asthma flair up more frequently, it could be a sign of poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). This could mean that your ducts are full of dust and debris and need to be flushed out.

If you’ve never had your ductwork cleaned or if you don’t know if they have been cleaned, chances are they need to be professionally scrubbed.

But be careful you don’t fall into a blow-and-go scam. These scammers perform the bare minimum of work. They merely vacuum in and around the vents but do not clean the entire system. Some also may declare that you have a major ductwork issue to entrap you into spending more on something you don’t need.

But your Brooklyn cooling experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning know the proper way to clean your ductwork. This will leave your home cleaner and smelling sweeter. We are experienced, licensed and certified and we’ve been around for 117 years.

Call us today at (718) 748-1254 to schedule a consultation and be breathing easier this summer.

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