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How Often Should I Have My Ducts Cleaned?

Aug 26, 2022

The general rule of thumb for frequency of duct cleaning is every three to five years, but the real answer to the title of this post depends on several factors. Different regions facilitate a quicker particle buildup in air ducts due to a higher concentration of airborne dust and dirt (think the windy deserts of Nevada). In addition, every household is different in terms of its makeup– your ducts should be cleaned more often if you own a pet or if a resident experiences respiratory allergies. Here’s why these factors matter.

Why Do Ducts Need Cleaning in the First Place?

Air ducts are essentially your home’s respiratory system– and the air that travels through them directly affects your human respiratory system as well. Dust, dirt, pollen, animal dander, and other airborne contaminants are pulled into your duct system every time the furnace or air conditioner runs. In spite of your air filters’ best efforts, some of that debris will inevitably make it back out of your ducts and into the air you breathe. If you’re still sneezing weeks after the end of pollen season, clogged air ducts could be why. Don’t suffer from poor air quality in your home– have your ducts examined and cleaned when you schedule preventative maintenance or an inspection of your HVAC system.

How Do I Know If My Ducts Need Cleaning?

Some signs, like allergies, asthma, or general respiratory problems, may have nothing to do with your duct system– obviously chronic health conditions don’t start or end with dusty air ducts. But keeping your home’s air quality as high as possible certainly doesn’t hurt, especially for those who already battle respiratory complications!

Unusual or persistent respiratory issues concentrated within your home could be a sign that your air quality has gone downhill. Suffering from headaches, nasal congestion, or other sinus problems at night or in the morning is another possible indicator, and any household with pets or a smoker should be extra vigilant when it comes to duct cleaning. Musty, stale odors emitting from your furnace or air conditioner are another warning sign, as is a thin layer of dust over your furniture even shortly after you’ve wiped things down.

How Does Will Air Help?

We’re so glad you asked! Will Air uses the Abatement Technologies Hepa-Aire System to clean every square inch of your air ducts. Our equipment is brand-new and top-notch, and we pride ourselves on quality customer service. We don’t just offer heating and cooling! Whether your ducts need cleaning or you’re looking to update your air conditioning before summer arrives, Sykesville, Maryland’s go-to HVAC contractor has got you covered. Request an estimate by filling out our quick online form here or give us a call at 410-549-9300. We can’t wait to work with you!

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