When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the channel for all the air that you’re inhaling. In fact, your ducts can be compared to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and distributing air around your home, they are also capturing pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all navigate your ducts and will find their way into the air you’re taking in. This is why expert duct cleaning is so important. So how do you know when you should have your ducts cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association advises that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your conditions. There are many factors the team at American HVAC Inc considers when debating when to have your ducts cleaned based on the conditions in San Jose. Everyday life produces contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to take into account along with any recent home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is experiencing 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 opportunities for pollutants to build up inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few suggestions about when it’s time to schedule a duct cleaning: if you suspect 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 evidence of dust from your air register. The experts at American HVAC Inc would be happy to talk you through all of these issues and help you through the process to see if you could gain anything from a duct cleaning.

Although the name implies it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A trained duct cleaning remembers every piece of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to operate as hard to keep pace with your thermostat. You’ll exhaust less energy and cause less erosion on your system.

If anyone in your home is experiencing the allergies hanging around in San Jose or you’ve noticed any of the cautionary signs in your duct work, it’s time to start considering duct cleaning. The team at American HVAC Inc is always accessible to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 408-215-1018.