Should You Be Cleaning Your Air Ducts?

Should You Be Cleaning Your Air Ducts?Air ducts can affect your home’s indoor air quality and energy efficiency positively or negatively. To create a positive impact, you’ll need to take proper care of them. Cleaning is one form of caring for your ducts. Is it really necessary to clean your ducts? Read on to learn more.

Why Clean the Ducts?

If dirt and moisture are present in your ducts, there’s potential for mold and other biological contaminants to grow. When the ducts become severely contaminated, they can distribute these contaminants throughout your home, posing health risks to you and your family. Duct cleaning eliminates dirt and contaminants, helping improve your home’s air quality.

Free airflow is crucial to the efficient functioning of your HVAC system. When HVAC components like your ducts and air filter are loaded up with dirt and debris that obstruct airflow, your system is forced to work harder thus consuming more energy. Cleaning your ducts removes that dirt and debris, resulting in energy savings.

How Often Should You Clean Ducts?

Thorough cleaning of air ducts requires special tools such as a high-powered vacuum and special rotary brushes. It’s best to hire professionals.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends having your ducts cleaned every three to five years. If there are asthma and allergy sufferers in your home, you should have it done annually. However, these circumstances warrant cleaning your ducts as soon as possible:

  • You can see mold growth inside your ducts.
  • There are insects or small animals living inside your ducts.
  • There’s plenty of dust and debris in your ducts.
  • Particles are released into your home from the supply registers.

Poor duct cleaning can worsen your home’s air quality and damage components of your HVAC system. Make sure you hire a contractor who is certified and licensed. For more information on cleaning your air ducts, please contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been proudly serving the Middletown area since 1945.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air ducts and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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