Top Reasons to Professionally Clean Air Ducts every 2 to 3 years.
Homeowners who’ve hired a professional air duct cleaning company are typically pleased with the results. Even though there is no scientific evidence to prove that vent cleaning has health benefits, according to NADCA a typical six-room home can annually accumulate 40 pounds of dust and contaminants inside the vents. Think of your cooling and heating system as the lungs of your home. The system takes in air and breathes out air. What the system breathes out is what you are breathing in. Don’t you want the best air quality for you and your family that you can have?
Let’s talk allergies. By having air ducts cleaned professionally you can protect your family from allergens and other allergy inducing contaminants. Air ducts are an ideal breeding ground for molds, bacteria and fungi. The Children’s National Health System states that children four and younger are at a greater risk of developing asthma and allergies if they are continually exposed to dangerous allergens.
Mold is another concern. If your air duct system is located in your home’s basement there is a good chance you have mold in your vents. Mold is a sneaky little bugger and loves dark, moist places. It can spread rapidly and make your family sick without ever being seen. Inspect your air ducts regularly for moisture and check the drains and pan to make sure there is no standing water. If they have become blocked, you may have a mold factory. Don’t forget to inspect components such as blowers and air handlers to make sure they are free of moister as well.
How about pets? Animal hair can get snagged in the vents and build up fungus, living germs and cause or aggravate severe allergy symptoms. Even if you don’t own a pet, a previous owner may have. A buildup of hair and dander will not help the efficiency of your HVAC system. Clumps of hair impede and slow down the airflow for the entire system.
That mysterious dust. Have you ever dusted on Monday to realize it was all back on Tuesday? It will not go away as long as it is in your ducts are dirty. It will continue to flow through your home until the vents are properly cleaned. If your duct work has never been cleaned there is a good chance the original drywall dust and construction debris is still lingering in your vents as well.
Here’s the best part – saving money! Years of dust, animal and people hair, dead insects, and other contaminants will not be kind to your checkbook. A professional cleaning will remove buildup and promote proper airflow. Your system will run at peak efficiency, lowering heating and AC costs because the fans and other systems no longer need to work as hard to distribute air.