When should you have your ducts cleaned?12/22/2016Your home’s ducts are the trail for all the air that you’re breathing. In fact, your ducts can be paralleled to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and supplying air within your home, they are also taking in pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all navigate your ducts and will make their way into the air you’re taking in. 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 suggests that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your circumstances. There are many factors the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning contemplates when figuring out when to have your ducts cleaned based on the conditions in the Main Line. Everyday life generates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to consider along with any new home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is dealing with allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can intensify these conditions. The air in your home’s system is usually 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 arrange a duct cleaning: if you think or know you have noticed 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 pros at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to talk you through all of these issues and assist you through the process to see if you could profit from a duct cleaning. Although the name implies it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A professional duct cleaning takes into account every piece of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to labor as hard to keep working with your thermostat. You’ll use less energy and cause less deterioration on your system. If anyone in your home is suffering from the allergies floating around in the Main Line or you’ve noticed any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning is always accessible to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 610-626-2540 or you can set up an appointment with us online.