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How Often Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, January 21, 2016
Inside of Air Ducts During Cleaning

We’ve all heard the commercials about duct cleaning and how it improves your indoor air quality, but is it all a bunch of malarkey? Here’s the lowdown on duct cleaning, why it’s a good idea, and how often it’s really necessary.

What Is Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is done using high-powered duct cleaning equipment that uses negative pressure to pull the dust, dirt, and debris out. A rotating power brush may also be used to loosen the dirt.

What Is the Impact on My Indoor Air Quality?

The most common things that tend to gather in your air ducts include dust mites, dirt, dust, mold, fungi, bacteria, and occasionally rodent droppings. When your heating and cooling system blows air out through your vents to circulate in your home, it’s blowing out past all of those pollutants and into the rooms of your house. As the air passes over them, it picks up those pollutants and sends the out with your heated or cooled air.

Duct cleaning removes these elements from your ductwork, which can greatly improve the quality of your indoor air. Not only does this create a healthier environment for everyone in your home, it can make a huge impact on individuals with any types of health issues, respiratory issues, or even common allergies.

How Often Should Ducts Be Cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association’s recommendation for duct cleaning frequency is every two to five years, although that can vary depending on your home, your health, and what area of the country you live in. If you or a family member has several allergies or a respiratory condition such as asthma, you could benefit from more frequent cleaning, as would households with pets.

Cleaning your air ducts is recommended to keep your home clean and healthy. To find out more about how it can improve your indoor air quality, contact the team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.