Why Do My Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?
Dust and other debris can settle in your air ducts just like it does in every other part of your home. While you certainly don’t have to clean out your air ducts as often as you clean your living room or kitchen, it’s a good idea to clear out all that matter.
Allowing dust and other contaminants to build up in your air ducts can impact the efficiency and effectiveness of your home heating and cooling system. In fact, cleaning out your air ducts can wind up saving you a substantial amount of money on your monthly heating and cooling bills because it will make it possible for your home comfort system to maintain a comfortable temperature in all areas of your home.
Periodic air duct cleaning can also greatly improve the quality of your indoor air by removing a significant source of indoor air contaminants. Mold, dust, pollen and plenty of other allergens can take refuge in your air ducts and then be spread around the house over and over again through the heating and cooling system. Getting these out of your air ducts will greatly reduce the number of allergens and irritants in your home.
How Long Does Air Duct Cleaning Take?
The length of time it takes to clean out your air ducts will depend on a number of factors. The ducts in most average sized houses can be done in four to eight hours, but complicating factors like difficult to reach areas and a large amount of debris can certainly add time to the process.
How Often Do My Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?
There’s no industry recognized standard for how often your air ducts need to be cleaned. But in all but the most extreme circumstances, there is no reason your ducts would need to be cleaned more than once a year. In fact, many people can easily go two years between cleanings, especially if they take other precautions to prevent debris from getting into the ducts to begin with. The best thing to do is to sit down with a reputable duct cleaning professional to come up with a timeline that is appropriate for your home.
Can I Clean My Air Ducts on My Own?
There are certainly things you can do to try and keep buildup in your air ducts from getting out of control. Changing your air filters regularly and cleaning off the grates at the end of the air ducts are good steps to take in this regard. But because so much of your air duct system is difficult to reach, you will never be able to do a thorough job on your own.
Professional duct cleaners have specialized equipment that allows them to inspect and clean even the hardest to reach places in your air duct system. Because of this, it’s a good idea to have a professional come in from time to time to complete a thorough cleaning in addition to whatever you are able to do on your own.