When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 10, 2020

Your home’s ducts are the channel for all the air that you’re breathing. In fact, your ducts can be compared to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and supplying air throughout your home, they are also trapping pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all move through your ducts and will find 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 recommends that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your conditions. There are a number of factors the team at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC takes into account when debating when to have your ducts cleaned based on the conditions in Ellsworth. Everyday life generates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to consider along with any current 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 aggravate these conditions. The air in your home’s system is typically 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 schedule a duct cleaning: if you think or know you have spotted mold inside your ducts, if you’ve recognized a vermin infestation or spot rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible confirmation of dust from your air register. The professionals at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC would be happy to talk you through all of these issues and help you through the process to see if you could benefit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name implies it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A trained duct cleaning takes into account every part of your system that air passes through. A clean system doesn’t have to labor as hard to keep up with your thermostat. You’ll exhaust less energy and cause less deterioration on your system.

If anyone in your home is experiencing the allergies hanging around in Ellsworth or you’ve observed any of the forewarning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start considering duct cleaning. The team at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC is always accessible to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 715-318-6728.