When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the trail for all the air that you’re taking in. In fact, your ducts can be paralleled to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and circulating air within your home, they are also trapping pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all navigate your ducts and will make their way into the air you’re breathing. 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 suggests that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your environment. There are several factors the team at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. considers when thinking about when to have your ducts cleaned based on the conditions in Opelika. Everyday life generates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to consider along with any new home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is experiencing allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can worsen these conditions. The air in your home’s system is typically recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more opportunities for pollutants to fester inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few recommendations about when it’s time to plan a duct cleaning: if you believe or know you have noticed mold inside your ducts, if you’ve recognized a vermin infestation or see rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible confirmation of dust from your air register. The experts at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. would be happy to talk you through all of these things and support you through the process to see if you could gain anything from a duct cleaning.

Although the name implies it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A trained duct cleaning cleans every component 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 waste less energy and cause less wear and tear on your system.

If anyone in your home is affected by the allergies hanging around in Opelika or you’ve noticed any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start considering duct cleaning. The team at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. is always accessible to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 334-245-4748.