When Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

Posted on: 7 December 2015


Many homeowners have heard of duct cleaning but are not sure when duct cleaning is appropriate and whether or not they need this service. Knowing when you should get this done and how you can benefit from this type of service can help you decide if air duct cleaning is right for your home.

When should you clean your air ducts?

Air duct cleaning doesn't need to happen on a regular basis, but instead should happen when it becomes necessary. You should clean your ducts when:

  • You suspect there is mold in your HVAC system. One of the greatest indicators that there's mold in your system is a musty odor that's most noticeable when the HVAC system is running.
  • Your air ducts are visibly dusty. If shining a flashlight into your air ducts reveals a blanket of dust coating the inside, it's probably a good time for duct cleaning.
  • Your home seems to need dusting more frequently when your HVAC system is turned on. Your HVAC system should work for you, not against you. If running your air conditioner or furnace means that you have to clean your house more often, then it's time to clean your ducts.
  • Your HVAC's air filters aren't lasting as long. If air filters in your HVAC system are getting very dirty very quickly, this means that a lot of dust is circulating through your ducts as well as your home.

What are the benefits of cleaning your air ducts?

The most obvious benefit of cleaning your air ducts is the reduced amount of dust that your HVAC system will circulate around your home. Cleaning your air ducts may mean that you don't have to clean as frequently when the furnace or air conditioner is turned on. If you or members of your household have allergies, duct cleaning may reduce the number of allergens and mold spores in the air, which can result in a better night's sleep and better quality of living.

Duct cleaning can also have a positive impact on the efficiency of your HVAC system. When the ducts are dirty and the air filter is dirty, this can contribute to the build up of dirt on the coils of the air conditioner and in other parts of the HVAC system. Dirt build up can cut efficiency and lead to break downs, so keeping your ducts clean can help extend the life of the system.

If you believe that your home's HVAC system could benefit from duct cleaning service, now is the time to contact a local expert in HVAC services. Have your system evaluated to determine if this service is right for you.