As spring arrives, a feeling of freshness comes with it. Many of us will be airing out our homes, and doing some spring cleaning to get rid of any remaining traces of winter. If you can’t remember the last time your ducts were cleaned, add that to your list of things to tackle as you get your home prepped for warmer weather.
The quality of the air we breathe is very important to our overall health. The air quality inside of a home starts with our HVAC and air ducts. Dirt, pollen, and other contaminants that naturally come into the house from outside can be re-distributed through the air by your HVAC system.
Each year, the air ducts in our homes collect roughly 40 pounds of dirt, dust, and other allergens. As the weather gets warmer, and the air conditioning gets turned on, all of that buildup gets blown right back out into the rooms you spend your down time in.
How often should your air ducts and HVAC system be cleaned?
On average, your air ducts should get some maintenance every 2 to 3 years. However, there are some factors that make it something you should think about more frequently. If you suffer from allergies, live with anyone with respiratory issues, or own pets, then cleaning your air ducts every 1 to 2 years is recommended.
Signs your HVAC and air ducts need to be cleaned:
If you have noticed that the airflow through certain vents has decreased, your air ducts may have a buildup leading to those vents.
If you notice a strong odor
A gradual buildup of dirt and dust and other debris can start to smell. If you are noticing an unpleasant smell when you use your air conditioning or heating system, this could be because your system is dirty.
You find mold or dirt on your vent covers
An easy way to determine if you need to get your HVAC and air ducts cleaned is to look at the vent covers. If you see a lot of dust buildup, or you notice mold growing, then it is safe to assume that this extends through the entire duct system.
Increase in allergy symptoms
If you notice that you or the people you live with are sneezing, coughing, or feeling more itchy than usual, it could be because your air ducts are blowing debris back into the air.
Why should you get your HVAC and Air Ducts cleaned
There are many benefits to having your HVAC system and air ducts cleaned. Regular maintenance will help keep your entire home more clean, and will reduce indoor allergy symptoms. But there are more benefits to having clean ducts.
Lower Energy Bills
Dirt accumulates not just in the air ducts, but on the furnace burner and air conditioning system as well. This means that these systems have to work harder to cool or heat your home. Having your ducts cleaned will help reduce your energy bills.
The buildup of dirt can increase the general wear and tear on HVAC systems and equipment. By having your system regularly cleaned, the life of your HVAC systems can reduce the need for repairs. This also helps assure that issues have a better chance of being addressed before they become a larger problem, as your system will be seen by a technician more frequently.