When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the trail for all the air that you’re taking in. In fact, your ducts can be equated to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and circulating air throughout your home, they are also capturing pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all move through 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 several factors the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning contemplates when figuring out when to have your ducts cleaned based on the environment in Drexel Hill. Everyday life generates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to bear in mind along with any new home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is suffering from 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 occasions for pollutants to build up inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few suggestions about when it’s time to arrange a duct cleaning: if you believe or know you have seen mold inside your ducts, if you’ve recognized a vermin infestation or identify rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible confirmation of dust from your air register. The experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to talk you through all of these things and assist you through the work to see if you could benefit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name suggests it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A professional duct cleaning cleans every piece of your system that air passes over. A clean system doesn’t have to operate as hard to keep working with your thermostat. You’ll use less energy and cause less erosion on your system.

If anyone in your home is suffering from the allergies drifting around in Drexel Hill or you’ve detected any of the forewarning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning is always available to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 610-257-7035.