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Signs You Need To Clean Your Air Ducts

Cleaning your air ducts is often overlooked by homeowners. With regular everyday use, your air ducts are a common place for dust, dirt, and allergens to build up and linger. This not only increases your energy bills, but can also significantly shorten the lifespan of your heating and air system. Air duct cleaning is one service to consider to ensure the longevity of your entire HVAC system. Here Fritts Heating & Air discusses the signs that you need to clean your air ducts in your residential or commercial property.


Mold is never a good thing and when it’s in your air ducts it’s even worse. Not only can it worsen allergies and respiratory problems, but it can also spread quickly throughout your home. Your HVAC system can develop condensation, leading to the growth of mold in your air ducts. While mold can be difficult to see and identify, it usually presents itself in the form of a musty odor. If you believe you have mold, it’s important to take care of the issue as soon as possible. A Fritts Heating & Air technician will be able to identify and fix any mold issues you may have. Keep in mind that if the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold will grow and continue to cause problems for you and your home.


If you keep finding surfaces constantly covered in dust then you may need to clean your air ducts. If you have pets, hair from your animals can also get lost in your system. Take a look at the air supply and return vents around your home. If these vents are covered in dust, hair or fuzz then it’s a major sign that you may need to get your system cleaned.

To prevent future dust and hair buildup, make sure you replace your HVAC system air filters frequently. It’s recommended to change the filters roughly every 1-2 months. Another temporary solution is you can run an air purifier. Both filters and air purifiers work with your HVAC system to trap a variety of airborne particles like dust, tobacco smoke, and bacteria before they enter the air ducts.

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Pest Infestation

Pests like rodents, mice, and squirrels have been known to find their way into air ducts. When this happens they make themselves a nest and leave droppings behind. This in turn causes the fecal matter to spread throughout the ducts and enter your home. Keep in mind that a rodent infestation might require more than air duct cleaning. If this issue isn’t treated properly, it could lead to serious damage, not to mention an HVAC system that doesn’t work efficiently.

Renovations/New Build

If you are building or renovating a home, the building material debris can make its way into your air ducts. Construction and remodeling dust contain nasty particulate matter that you really don’t want to breathe in. If you are building or renovating it’s a good idea to cover the vents or not run the HVAC system if possible. This can minimize the amount of construction material entering your system.

Energy Costs

Your heating and cooling costs should be relatively the same each year. If you notice that one of your bills has skyrocketed, then dirty air ducts could be the issue. If air is unable to properly flow through the system then it can lead to major system damage. Dirty air ducts can cause both your furnace and air conditioner to work harder than normal to maintain a set temperature. This added energy expenditure means higher utility bills for you and your family.

Keep in mind, it isn’t always the accumulation of debris in your air ducts that causes your system to work harder. Any holes or leaks in your air ducts is lost energy. This decreases the efficiency of your system and increasing your energy bill. Hiring Fritts Heat & Air to clean your ducts won’t only remove harmful contaminants, but can also rule out potential holes and leaks.

Call Fritts Heat & Air Today

Improve the quality of the indoor air in your home and extend the life of your heating and cooling system with Fritts Heat & Air. Having your air ducts cleaned on a reoccurring basis will help with the overall air quality. Fritts has been providing superior HVAC services since 2008. Our mission is to always provide every client with quality HVAC services while displaying our dedication to excellent customer service. Contact us online or call us today to get duct cleaning service for your home.