What Happens If Air Ducts Are Not Cleaned

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What Happens If Air Ducts Are Not Cleaned?

Air ducts are frequently out of sight, out of mind until you experience a problem. So what if you skip adding “schedule duct cleaning” to your To Do list? Does duct cleaning actually matter?

The answer is yes. Dirty air ducts are less efficient, with buildup blocking airflow and costing you money as your HVAC works harder for the same results. Ducts that don’t see regular cleaning can also lead to rooms being cooled and heated unevenly. Want your living room appropriately cool during a scorching Las Vegas day or your bedroom warmed against the nightly desert chill? Scheduling regular duct cleaning is the first step.

But that’s not all that happens when you let your ducts accumulate dirt, dust, and grime.

Can Dirty Air Ducts Affect Air Conditioning?

Yes, dirt and dust buildup inhibit airflow in your home, affecting both air conditioning and heating. Without proper airflow, rooms won’t cool as uniformly. Your system may also struggle to cool rooms efficiently, raising energy bills. The extra strain on your HVAC system can cause excess wear and tear, requiring more frequent air conditioner repair.

Can Dirty Air Ducts Make Your House Smell?

Some odors can get trapped in your ducts, especially if mold or mildew takes hold. Animals like rats and other rodents may also find their home in your dirty ducts, leaving droppings and their associated smell.

Dirty ducts do not cause certain scents; instead, they circulate existing odors around your home via your HVAC system. If you smell burning, shut off your HVAC and call an expert for an inspection. The motor in your air conditioner or heater may have burnt out, resulting in the smell. If you smell rotten eggs and suspect the odor may be natural gas, leave your home immediately and call the gas company to inspect for a gas leak.

Can Dirty Air Ducts Cause a Fire?

Yes. Dust buildup is frequently full of dry, flammable materials. Any spark or even particularly hot conditions could cause them to ignite. With Las Vegas summer temperatures soaring above 100°F, metal ducts can heat up enough for flammable debris to catch fire.

Can Dirty Air Ducts Cause Health Problems?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, results are inconclusive. A light amount of dust in your ducts is perfectly normal. However, large dust deposits may irritate household members who suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems. Dampness in your ducts may lead to mold growth, which can be seriously harmful to your family’s health. Regular cleanings done by professionals certainly won’t provide any detriment to household health.

Only air quality systems in Las Vegas homes will improve air quality noticeably. Air purifiers can remove contaminants, while humidifiers add moisture to the dried-out desert air.

Schedule a Professional Air Duct Cleaning Service in Las Vegas

Amateur duct cleaning may release more dust and other contaminants into your home or even damage your HVAC system, forcing you to pay for repairs. That’s why you should leave duct cleaning to the professionals at One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating of Las Vegas. Our professional duct cleaning service effectively clears out dust and debris, so you don’t have to worry about the quality of the work. Call (702) 602-8801 today to schedule duct cleaning for your Las Vegas home.