When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the pathway for all the air that you’re inhaling. In fact, your ducts can be compared to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and distributing air throughout your home, they are also taking in pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all navigate your ducts and will travel into the air you’re breathing. This is why professional duct cleaning is so important. So how do you know when you should have your ducts cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your circumstances. There are many factors the team at AW Heating & Air Conditioning considers when figuring out when to have your ducts cleaned based on the circumstances in Lincoln. Everyday life creates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to consider along with any current home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is experiencing allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can intensify these conditions. The air in your home’s system is normally recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more chances for pollutants to fester inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few suggestions about when it’s time to plan a duct cleaning: if you think or know you have spotted mold inside your ducts, if you’ve recognized a vermin infestation or identify rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible evidence of dust from your air register. The professionals at AW Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to talk you through all of these factors and help you through the process to see if you could gain anything from a duct cleaning.

Although the name suggests it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A trained duct cleaning takes into account every part of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep working with your thermostat. You’ll waste less energy and cause less deterioration on your system.

If anyone in your home is affected by the allergies drifting around in Lincoln or you’ve observed any of the forewarning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at AW Heating & Air Conditioning is always free to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 402-318-5351.