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When and Why You Should Clean Your Air Ducts

A vital part of your home HVAC system is your ventilation. The metal piping that runs throughout the walls and flooring of your home is ductwork or air ducts. In the winter, your ductwork sends warm air from your heating system to the rooms in your home. It is also responsible for the constant circulation of that air. The same holds true with cold air in the summertime. Regular duct cleaning is essential for optimizing efficiency and maintaining indoor air quality.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

On average, homeowners need to have their ductwork and vents cleaned every two to five years. The specific aspects of your home are going to play a large role in how often you clean your air ducts. If you have ten people in your home, you will need to clean your ducts more often than a home with only two people. This is also true if you have pets or people with allergies in the home.

Before and After of a dirty/clean air filter

Signs You Need Professional Air Duct Cleaning

Persistent Allergy Symptoms

If you or someone in your home has allergies, it’s best to get your ductwork and vents cleaned often. Allergies are worse with unhealthy airborne particles blowing inside your home. When you have your ducts cleaned, it will remove a lot of those unhealthy particles. This helps you to breathe easier in your home.

Mold Smell

Mold thrives in damp and humid environments, like your ducting. If you start to smell a musty odor in the air, it’s likely that there is mold growing in your air ducts. You may even notice some mold growing on your air vents. It’s best to get your ducts cleaned out and sanitized by one of our HVAC professionals. You never want to ignore mold growth in your ducts as it could be dangerous to your health.

Excess Airborne Dust and Debris

You need to have a professional clean your ducts if you notice a lot of dust floating around your home. As time passes, your ducts will collect more airborne particles. This could include things like dust, pet dander, dead skin cells, and other allergens. You’ll be able to spot visible proof of dusty surfaces throughout your home. This includes your air vents.

Moving Into a New Home

Moving to a new home can be very exciting. While you may have some initial projects in mind, you should start with the HVAC system. You want to have your ducts cleaned when you move into a new home. You don’t know when the last homeowner cleaned it. It’s best to have a professional clean your ventilation system.

Pest Infestation

Air ducts make the perfect home for many pests. Over time, you may notice that there’s less air coming out of one or more of your vents. You may also pick up on a distinctive odor. As soon as you notice a problem, it’s best to get it addressed with a proper duct cleaning by one of our HVAC pros. An infestation in your air ducts can lead to poor air quality and reduced performance. It can even damage your HVAC system.

Why Should You Call an HVAC Professional?

Ductwork is often found behind walls and underneath your flooring. It looks nice not to have exposed metal piping running through your home. But this makes it hard for you to access all the ducting in your home. HVAC professionals have special equipment that allows them to access all the ducting. Professionals will use a brush to remove any debris that is present inside of your ductwork.

What’s Included in a Duct Cleaning Service?

When you think of duct cleaning, it’s crucial to think about your entire HVAC system. Cleaning the ducts isn’t going to have a huge effect if you don’t clean the other parts that attach to your ducting. Without adequate cleaning, it would only take one cycle for the dirt and grime to build up. From there, it can transfer right back into your ductwork.

It’s best to have your entire HVAC system cleaned by a professional. This includes your ducting, vents and registers, heat exchanger, condensate drain, and more. By cleaning your entire HVAC system, you can rest assured that your air ducts stay clean for a while.

Contact Our HVAC Experts Today

If it’s time to get your ducts cleaned, it’s time to contact us today. Let one of our experienced HVAC professionals handle cleaning out your ductwork. We want to help you enhance the air quality inside of your home.

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