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Having A Good Duct Cleaning Company Is A Good Idea

Many homeowners take HVAC maintenance very seriously; they regularly change their filters and routinely check their system for anything unusual. But what about having your system on a regular duct cleaning schedule? Should you keep this particular service on hand? There are many reasons – like air quality, efficiency, and system maintenance – that may convince you that it is a good idea.

When you have your air ducts cleaned by a professional, they will clean out the supply intake and return ducts using professional blowers, vacuums and brushes. When your air ducts are cleaned other parts of your system are also cleaned inside the ducting, and heating and ventilating system. This includes all air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings and coils should all be cleaned.

When is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

If you’re read much about duct cleaning, you probably know there are some contradicting ideas about when you should have your ducts cleaned and if it’s really necessary.

According to the EPA there are a few specific instances they recommend having your ducts cleaned. You should call up your trusted duct cleaner if there is any mold visible in the ducts or HVAC system. If upon inspection, you notice an excessive amount of dust, debris or particles in your ducts you should have your ducts cleaned. This includes excessive amounts of dust and debris being released into the home the supply registers. If you’ve recently had a lot of remodeling work done in your home, you may fall into this category. Lastly, you should have your ducts cleaned if you find any insects or small animals in your air ducts.

Improve Air Quality

There are claims that having air ducts cleaned will improve air quality. While the EPA says there is no definitive evidence that duct cleaning will prevent health problems or improve air quality, some who have had the work done will say they notice a difference. What we do know is that air duct cleaning services can remove mold, fungus and other microbes. As a home owner, you’ll have to use your judgment when it comes to duct cleaning for improved air quality.

Increase Efficiency

Having a dirty system will leave your HVAC unit less efficient. With all the cleaning that is done when duct services are performed, like cleaning the cooling coils, fans, and heat exchanges, you may notice a difference in your system efficiency. All that cleaning could mean improved air flow! That means a more efficient system and hopefully some reduced energy bills.

If you feel that having the ducts cleaned in your HVAC system is right for you, hire someone who will do the job well. A duct system that is not cleaned properly could kick up more particles than one that wasn’t cleaned at all! choose Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning for any and all of your HVAC needs. If you’re still on the fence about duct cleaning, the experts at Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning can help you make an informed decision based on your particular system.

 

How Often Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

Recently we have been focusing on quality of your indoor air where AC maintenance and cleanliness takes a leading role. One area in particular that should be getting cleaned are your air ducts.

Air ducts can quickly become a host for dirt and dust, fungi and bacteria. With dirt and dust as food, and the comfortable temperature in your air ducts, mold spores can happily move in. Ducts clogged with excessive dirt or debris can in turn be released into the home.

As you can guess, finding one or several of these things in your air ducts will have a negative impact on your indoor air quality. But, it can also eat away at the efficiency of your system too. Having particles in your air ducts will cause your AC system to work harder, ultimately leading a shortened lifespan of your system.

AC Maintenance

Some of those particles are going to be trapped in your furnace filter, but not all of them. With time and neglect, those particles will build up in your AC system. AC maintenance is important, especially as the weather continues to warm. Part of that maintenance is to have your air ducts cleaned by professionals you trust, like those at Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning.

With indoor air quality, efficiency and the overall well-being of our system in jeopardy, we know it’s important to clean the air ducts. But how often do they need to be cleaned? This answer will depend on where you live, and how often you use your AC system. If someone in your home is more sensitive to the indoor air quality, for example they have allergies or asthma, it may mean you need to clean them more often.

According to The National Air Duct Cleaners Association, the short answer for an air duct cleaning schedule is three to five years. That being said, there are many factors that can determine if you should have them cleaned closer to the three-year mark, or the five-year mark.

Your personal preference will play a big role, as well as the following:

  • Whether or not you have smokers in the home
  • You have pets with a lot of hair and dander
  • There has been damage to your AC system
  • Those in the home have allergies or asthma
  • You’ve recently done renovations or remodels
  • You moved into a new home

If there is visible mold growing on the sheet metal of the air ducts or other parts of your AC system, it is a good indication to have your air ducts cleaned. You’ll also want to clean them if there are any rodents or insects in the ducts.

Cleaning your air ducts is an important part of your AC maintenance. Remember, if you clean your air ducts you should also consider cleaning your entire system. This will in turn keep your air ducts cleaner longer, without pollutants from any other parts of the system spreading. Regular AC maintenance will keep your system happy and the people in your home healthy. Call Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning for any maintenance questions or concerns!