When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the pathway for all the air that you’re inhaling. In fact, your ducts can be paralleled to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and circulating air throughout 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 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 suggests that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your circumstances. There are several factors the team at Watts Electric & A/C Inc takes into account when figuring out when to have your ducts cleaned based on the environment in Columbia. Everyday life creates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to bear in mind 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 intensify these conditions. The air in your home’s system is usually recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more occasions 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 noticed mold inside your ducts, if you’ve noticed a vermin infestation or see rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible evidence of dust from your air register. The professionals at Watts Electric & A/C Inc would be happy to talk you through all of these issues and assist you through the procedure to see if you could profit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name suggests it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A qualified duct cleaning cleans every piece of your system that air passes through. A clean system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep pace with your thermostat. You’ll exhaust less energy and cause less wear and tear on your system.

If anyone in your home is affected by the allergies floating around in Columbia or you’ve observed any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at Watts Electric & A/C Inc is always free to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 601-736-7362.