To clean your ducts, or not to clean your ducts? That is the question. When it comes to your home’s air duct system it may be difficult to know when and if it requires cleaning. Learn when cleaning is required, and how it can benefit your home in the long run.
As the name suggests, air duct cleaning is the process of cleaning the ducts that help circulate warm and cool air around your home. But, it can also include the cleaning of other components of your home’s heating and cooling system, including your furnace fan, coils, heat exchangers and much more.
If you’ve been approached by a service provider to have your home’s air ducts or heating and cooling system cleaned, it’s important to know when duct cleaning is needed. Here are four reasons why you may consider moving forward with cleaning:
If you notice dust collecting on your home’s vents it’s not necessarily an indication that your ducts need to be cleaned. However, it could be a sign that your furnace’s filter is not doing its job, or that it is lacking a filter. Make sure to replace your furnace filter every three months to decrease dust and increase efficiency.
It’s difficult to know for sure whether your ducts require cleaning without a proper inspection, but there are a few environmental indicators that can help you identify if an inspection is needed. First, consider if anyone in your home suffers from indoor allergies, unexplained symptoms or illness. If they do, this could be a sign that there is an irritant or allergen in the duct system. Decreased comfort can also be an indicator, as air flow can be affected by a blockage in the vents. Do a quick visual inspection of the air vents or registers for large deposits of dust or a musty odor.
Before booking an appointment with a duct cleaning service provider ask for a recommendation from your trusted HVAC contractor. If you have a feeling you might need a cleaning, they can provide you with a recommendation on what the best step forward is.
While cleaning your ducts will not (sadly) remove dusting from your chores list, it does offer a few benefits that you’ll be sure to notice.
Finding the right provider is important. Make sure to thoroughly search for a company that comes highly recommended and can provide customer references. And don’t be afraid to shop around! Ask for quotes from various companies and check in with your friends and family to see if they have anyone they could recommend. Similarly, you can ask your trusted HVAC contractor, they may have recommendations for trusted service providers. When looking for the right company keep these tips in mind:
Although having your air ducts cleaned is not always a necessity, it’s important to be aware of the reasons why your system may require attention down the road and the benefits that can accompany a clean system.