Most heating and cooling systems use forced air to send out conditioned air around a home. Except for ductless mini splits, forced-air systems all use ductwork to carry the air from the unit cabinet to the vents. The condition of these ducts is important to improve your indoor air quality and for keeping your HVAC system as efficient as possible. For these reasons—and the reasons listed below, you should schedule regular duct cleaning.

There are some specific times when you should schedule duct cleaning instead of waiting until a point marked on your calendar. Call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating in Selma, TX for duct cleaning at any of these times:

When You Have Unexplained Heating/Cooling Bill Increases

A lining of dirt and dust along the inside of ductwork will increase the resistance against the airflow from your furnace, heat pump, or AC. This will force the system to work harder to reach its target temperature and will increase your power bills. If you see a spike in your bills, and it doesn’t change because of maintenance or repairs, you should schedule duct cleaning to give your HVAC system an easier path to keeping you comfortable.

When You Notice an Increase of Cold and/or Allergy-like Symptoms

Ducts that have become contaminated with dust, dirt, pollen, dander, mold, and micro bacteria will hurt your air quality, leading to people in your home suffering from symptoms similar to colds and allergies. People with actual allergies will notice the effects first, but you don’t have to have any allergies to suffer from these effects. If problems such as wheezing, coughing, headaches, and nose and eye irritation start to become frequent, you should look into duct cleaning to help remedy the problem.

When More Than a Year Has Passed Since the Last Cleaning

Although ducts will have different cleaning schedules depending on their size and frequency of use, in general, a year is a sufficient time for the dust to grow inside to the point of causing cold and flu-like symptoms. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve scheduled duct cleaning—or if you’ve never had duct cleaning done before—now is the right time to take care of it.

Duct cleaning requires professionals, both to safely access your ducts and to use the specialized equipment necessary to get down to the deep-set grime. Give us a call today and speak with our ductwork cleaning specialists at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule a thorough duct cleaning that will leave you with a safe, cleaner home and a more efficient heating and cooling system. We also offer a variety of other indoor air quality and HVAC services in Selma, TX, so be sure to let us know what you need!

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