Unlike many common household appliances and HVAC systems, there is no rulebook for how often you should clean your air ducts. The EPA recommends doing so once every 3-5 years. However, those who have severe allergy issues have found that cleaning their air ducts more regularly helped alleviate their symptoms. Luckily, we’re here to make you aware of some tell-tale signs that your air ducts could use a cleaning.
1: Potentially improve air quality and alleviate allergies
While no groups can scientifically claim health benefits from cleaner air ducts, consumers across the nation have testified about how helpful it can be for improving household air quality. Consider this, as your air ducts operate they gather dust and other materials, much like a regular old bookshelf. When air circulates through your vents and into your home, all the dust can travel with it into the air you breathe. And as we know, there is a good deal of literature about how indoor air quality impacts your long-term health. All you need to do is look at a dirty filter to realize the benefits a power cleaning can bring to you and your air ducts.
2: Keeps filters functioning
If you notice that your air filters are exceptionally dirty or dusty, it’s likely that your ducts are in need of a cleaning. Too many individuals replace or upgrade their filters when they see this dust buildup. More often than not your filter is functioning just fine, and the buildup is actually due to the excessive grime present in your air ducts. A good power cleaning can sort this right out, and ensure that your filters are functioning at tip-top capacity.
3: Energy efficient
A thorough cleaning of your air ducts can yield long-term energy savings. Current research shows that dirty coils, blowers, and other components of your air ducts can cut efficiency by more than 30 percent. The cost of a proper power cleaning can seem excessive to some, but the long-term savings you’ll see in your bottom line will make the investment more than worthwhile.
4: Prevents future disasters with equipment
One of the biggest benefits of cleaning your air ducts is avoiding future disasters with the equipment. As we mentioned, the various components of your ducts can get quite dirty. If they remain untreated for an extended period of time irreversible damage can begin to set-in. At this point, you will have to pay for replacement parts and installation fees which can go far beyond the cost of a cleaning. Like any appliance your air ducts wear down as they are used. A scheduled power cleaning is needed to keep them from breaking.
Your air ducts keep your home fresh and rejuvenated over the course of the year. Like any appliance, they need a good cleaning every once in a while. To learn more about having your air ducts cleaned, call the pros at SameDay Heating & Air at (801) 726-3329.