The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning and When to Do So

Why Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Air ducts act like the arteries and veins of your HVAC system, moving heated or cooled air through your home. However, over time your ducts can become clogged with dirt, dust, pollen, animal dander, and more. As your ducts become clogged, they diminish the efficiency of your HVAC system because the space through which air can travel is more limited. This places excess strain on your air conditioner and furnace’s motor, leading to premature wear and breakdowns that affect your comfort at home. Additionally, the particles lodged inside your air ducts can often aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms. These particles are circulated through your home every time your HVAC system activates, reducing the quality of your indoor air and creating a less clean air environment for your family. Finally, the presence of moisture in your air ducts can promote the growth of mold and mildew or even attract pests to your home.

When to Clean Your Air Ducts

Most HVAC specialists recommend scheduling an air duct cleaning for your home every three to five years. If you are moving into a new home that you don’t believe has been serviced within the past three years, it’s also a good idea to schedule an air duct cleaning to get a fresh start. Regardless of the frequency with which you choose to clean your ducts, you should schedule a cleaning when you notice signs that your ducts are no longer doing their job efficiently. One of the first signs you may notice is an increase in the frequency with which your furnace or air conditioner activates. When air is not distributed effectively throughout your home, your HVAC system will attempt to maintain the proper temperature by running more often. Additionally, you may notice the presence of excessive dust on the surfaces of your home. If you find yourself cleaning your home frequently to remove dust and dirt, it could be a sign that your ducts need cleaning. You may even see a telltale cloud of dust emerging from your air registers each time your HVAC system ramps up. Family members who suffer from allergies or asthma may also experience an increased incidence or severity of symptoms due to the increased amount of airborne allergens in your home. Evidence of mold and mildew anywhere in your home is also a good indication that your air ducts should be cleaned, as airborne spores can be transported through and lodge inside your ducts.

Many Atlanta homeowners have already discovered the benefits of air duct cleaning. If you’re ready to learn more or would like to schedule a duct cleaning for your home, please visit our website for details and our latest online deals. While you’re there, make sure to check out our blog for more information about heating, cooling, and indoor air quality.

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