When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the pathway 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 throughout your home, they are also taking in pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all pass through your ducts and will travel into the air you’re inhaling. This is why pro 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 conditions. There are a number of factors the team at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing takes into account when debating when to have your ducts cleaned based on the environment in McMurray. Everyday life produces contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to take into account along with any current home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is experiencing allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can intensify 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 build up inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few suggestions about when it’s time to arrange a duct cleaning: if you suspect or know you have seen mold inside your ducts, if you’ve seen a vermin infestation or spot rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible evidence of dust from your air register. The pros at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing would be happy to talk you through all of these things and support you through the work to see if you could profit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name infers it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A qualified duct cleaning takes into account every component of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep pace with your thermostat. You’ll exhaust less energy and cause less deterioration on your system.

If anyone in your home is suffering from the allergies floating around in McMurray or you’ve detected any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start contemplating duct cleaning. The team at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is always free to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 724-370-0141.