When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the channel for all the air that you’re breathing. In fact, your ducts can be compared to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and circulating air throughout your home, they are also capturing pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all pass through your ducts and will make their way into the air you’re inhaling. 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 advises that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your environment. There are many factors the team at Forster Heating takes into account when debating when to have your ducts cleaned based on the environment in Auburn. Everyday life generates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to consider along with any current home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is dealing with allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can aggravate these conditions. The air in your home’s system is normally 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 propsals 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 recognized a vermin infestation or identify rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible evidence of dust from your air register. The pros at Forster Heating would be happy to talk you through all of these factors and help 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 professional duct cleaning takes into account every component of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to operate 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 Auburn or you’ve detected any of the forewarning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start contemplating duct cleaning. The team at Forster Heating is always free to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 530-885-8081.