Believe it or not, some Massachusetts homeowners live in their homes for decades with stuff in the ductwork — and without having their ductwork cleaned. Then, when they get ready to sell their home, they often are advised to add duct cleaning to their list of things to do to get their home in tip-top shape. Many people are sorry they waited so long, because that stuff in the ductwork can provide a frightening reality check.
Equate what settles in your ductwork to what settles on top of your refrigerator. The layers of dust accumulate, and particles get into the air that you and your family members breathe every day. The difference is, with your ductwork, every time you turn on your air conditioner or furnace, the cool or warm air you feel is filtered through your ductwork, stuff and all.
While you can scrub the top of the refrigerator yourself, duct cleaning requires the skill of a certified technician. With specialized tools, the technician dislodges dirt and other debris, then cleans up the mess with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.
While it’s difficult to know just how dirty your ducts actually are, stay positive and hope that dust is the only substance lurking there. Insects and rodents have also been known to take refuge in ductwork, especially when the seasons change in Massachusetts.
Other factors that should cause you to make a duct cleaning appointment with Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning include:
- A recently completed, and very dusty, building or remodeling project
- Musty or stale air in your home. If your ducts are clogged with “stuff,” airflow is less efficient and also less breathable.
- The presence of substantial mold growth inside the ducts or on other components of the heating and cooling system
- Piles of dust around the air registers
Why wait until you put your home up for sale to get your ducts cleaned? After all, many homeowners report that the air in their home seems cleaner and that they breathe easier after their ducts have been cleaned. Call Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today, and we’ll get rid of that stuff in your ductwork. Serving the Route 495/128 area, we’re always happy to help.
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