4 Reasons You Should Consider Cleaning Your Air Ducts

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Air ducts are an essential part of your home heating, ventilation and cooling system (HVAC). They circulate the air in and out of each room, making it possible for your home to stay at a comfortable temperature in every season. This air circulates through your ducts and your home many times a day, and is the same air that you and your family breathe. Having good, clean air quality and properly functioning ductwork is important for the health of both you and your home.

1. Breathe Easier and Healthier

Without proper cleaning, irritants and allergens like pet dander and bacteria can flow through your home, thus entering your lungs, and possibly causing sneezing, coughing, and other allergy-like symptoms. Having your air ducts cleaned will reduce these unwanted and trapped particles, resulting in higher quality air and easier breathing.

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Close-up of dirty air vent.

2. Cleaner Living Environment

The dust and other particles that circulate and build up in your air ducts will inevitably flow out and into your home, landing on your living spaces – your floors, furniture, beds, and other surfaces. Having your equipment cleaned will reduce the amount of unwanted particles circulating through your home, producing a cleaner and more hygienic living space.

A stale smell can build up in your home from an accumulation of pets, home cleaning agents, paint fumes, and even cooking. The dust sitting in the air ducts can also produce a musty smell. Cleaning the ducts will remove odor particles that would otherwise be trapped, creating a fresher smelling home.

If you turn on your heating or cooling equipment and your ducts are full of dust and grime, your units will have to work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature. Anytime air supply is restricted, your system does not operate as efficiently, resulting in more energy use, higher costs, and increased wear and tear that could shorten the life of your equipment. Keeping your ducts clean will help ensure your HVAC system is operating optimally for as long as possible.

4. Regular Professional Cleanings

As home heating and cooling experts, we suggest you have your air ducts cleaned at least once every three to five years. However, for the reasons listed above, you may want to consider having them cleaned more frequently. Regular maintenance on your heating and cooling system is essential for the efficiency and longevity of your equipment, and should be done yearly. To determine if your air ducts need to be cleaned, ask a certified technician to take a look at your ducts when they come to perform their regular maintenance.

Maintain Your Air Ducts and Air Quality

Committing to improve your air quality is a huge step toward a healthier home. Once you’ve had your air ducts cleaned, we recommend upgrading your air filtration system to better remove airborne particles with high-efficiency cleaners like purifiers, germicidal UVC lamps, or humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and to maximize circulation with air exchangers.

Sealing any leaks in your ductwork with Aeroseal will also ensure that your air ducts will run the most efficiently – saving on utility costs, extending the life of your equipment, and improving comfort throughout your entire home.

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To learn more about how getting your air ducts professionally cleaned or implementing maintenance products can benefit you and your home, call to speak to one of our Comfort Advisors or request an appointment today.