Often out of sight and out of mind, most homeowners don’t pay much attention to their home’s ductwork. It’s usually located behind walls, in the attic, or crawlspace of a home. Ducts play a crucial role in your heating and cooling system, as they take conditioned air from your HVAC system and distribute it throughout your home’s living areas through a series of vents.
Although ducts don’t need much maintenance, it’s a good idea to have them cleaned from time to time to rid them of mold, mildew, viruses, dust, and debris that can accumulate over time.
But just how often should a home’s ducts be cleaned? The indoor air quality professionals at A Perfect Climate Heating & Cooling answer that question in their most recent blog and discuss why it's important to clean dirty air ducts.
Most experts recommend having them professionally cleaned about every 3-5 years even if you haven't noticed anything different about your home's indoor air quality. However, dirty air ducts affect more than your home's air quality, they also affect the circulation of the air in your home. If you would like to have your ducts examined, contact the technicians at A Perfect Climate Heating & Cooling.
However, there are factors that can lead to duct cleaning needing to be performed more frequently, including:
You love your furry friends, but they can be hard on a home’s ductwork. Because hair and pet dander can build up over time in the ducts, we recommend air duct cleaning services about every two years if you own pets.
Ducts that become filled with too much debris, dust, or other items can cause leaks in the ductwork. Leaks cause conditioned air to escape, causing insufficient airflow and making your system work harder to cool or heat your home. This can lead to premature wear and tear on the system and higher energy bills. Heating and cooling systems that are connected to dirty ducts might struggle to make your home comfortable because they can't push the clean air through to all the rooms. If you have rooms that are inconsistent temperatures in your home, consider having your air ducts cleaned.
If you or a family member smokes inside the home, you should consider having air duct system cleaning performed more frequently, as tobacco residue can build up inside the ducts.
The job of a furnace filter is to catch household dust, allergens, and other contaminants from reentering your heating and air conditioning system and into your living areas. They typically need to be replaced about every three months. If you notice your filter is becoming excessively dirt or clogged more frequently, it could signal that your ducts need to be cleaned.
If you notice a mildew smell, it could signal the presence of mold in your ductwork. Poor air quality inside your ductwork will can spread around your home easily. Mold can lead to damage in your home and cause health issues, so this should be checked out immediately. Other odors that can originate from ductwork include dead animals or insect infestations. Clean air ducts can prevent these odors in your home.
Is your home excessively dusty? Is there a film of dust on your home’s air registers and vents? If so, it could be a sign that your ducts are dirty and in need of cleaning services.
Having your air ducts cleaned every few years can lead to several benefits, including improved indoor air quality, better air flow, reduced odors, improved health and improve energy efficiency. If it’s time to have your ductwork cleaned, contact the indoor air quality specialists at A Perfect Climate Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment.