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Cleaning your ducts is necessary for efficient air flow

If you’re like most people, you’ve used your air conditioner a lot this summer.  After all, you want to stay cool in this dreadful heat and humidity.  But if your house has air ducts, there are certain things you need to do to maintain them.  Doing so will help your air flow run smoother and will help your utility bill go down.

Maintaining and cleaning your air ducts regularly makes a big difference
Maintaining and cleaning your air ducts regularly makes a big difference

But, how do you know if it’s time to clean the air ducts?  These tell-tale signs should be a giveaway.  Any of these symptoms could be a sign that your air duct system needs help.

  1. Any mold can clog up your air ducts.  It will also show up on the wall space around your ducts, which is never a pretty sight.
  2. There’s dust in the air.  If you see dust, or you start sneezing uncontrollably, this could be a sign of trouble.
  3. People who have asthma or other air-quality allergies are highly susceptible to air duct issues.  As a result, the slightest problem could set them off.  Make sure you fix the issue promptly.

There are two ways you can fix the problem.  The first – and less costly – option is to replace your air filters often.  Once a month is often recommended.  However, if you live in an area with more allergens, you may want to consider replacing them more often.

The second option – which may be a last-resort – is to call a home-energy auditor.  He or she can test for duct leakages or any blockages that you may not be aware of.  Doing so may be costly, but can save you much more trouble later.

The Powell Group encourages you to check your air ducts and replace filters frequently.  Our team members can also answer any of your other housing questions and concerns.

If you are in the market for a new home in the Western Upstate, you may go to our website and view all of our available homes in the area.  We look forward to helping you find your dream house.

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