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When, and How Often, Should my Air Ducts be Cleaned?

With consumers becoming more health conscious and increasingly aware of their monthly energy bills, the popularity of residential duct cleaning is growing. But when was the last time you thought about cleaning your air ducts?

While the cleaning of household air ducts is growing in popularity, the vast majority of homeowners still never even give their air ducts a second thought - let alone hire a professional to clean them.

Over time buildup within your air ducts will be caused through a variety of sources such as bacteria, mould, blockages from objects or dust. It’s important that your air ducts are cleaned regularly in order to keep the air in your household clean and to ensure your HVAC system is working efficiently.

Why should I clean my air ducts?

There are many advantages that come along with having a clean and proper ducting system, and this is because your duct system determines the overall flow and quality of the air found within your home.

If your air ducts are damaged or contaminated it will lead to poor air quality and the potential of you falling sick.

By having your air ducts cleaned by a professional you can get rid of all the dust, dirt and bacteria lingering in your ventilation system. However, if your vents and duct systems are not cleaned regularly it will result in poor air conditions.

This is particularly important for those in your household who suffer from allergies and respiratory disorders, where poor air quality can potentially cause sickness.

When should my air ducts be cleaned?

HVAC cleaning doesn’t take as long as replacing your system, but a professional will make sure your air ducts are completely clean and that will take some time. As a result, we advise that you set aside some time during a period and season that you aren’t likely to use your system - such as spring or fall.

This will give a professional duct cleaning company enough time to ensure they have fully cleaned your HVAC system before you need to use it again.

Other signs that may indicate that you should clean or inspect your ducting system are;

  • reduced quality of air;

  • lack of circulation of heating or air conditioning;

  • or any suggestion of buildup within the system (rattling noises, visible debris deposited around vents).​

How often should I get them cleaned?

No matter what filters you have on your air ducts, even the very best ones will not prevent your ducts from collecting dust and debris. Particles will still escape through the filter or enter through other points within your system.

The average duct system needs cleaning between every two to five years depending on where you live. This could change depending on how much pollution, construction wind and dust surrounds your household.

However even in just one season your duct system can collect enough debris to make it less efficient than when it was first installed. Frequent cleanings are always best for a healthy and efficient household.

If you want any more information on the benefits of cleaning your air ducts, or you simply want to ask how Georgian Duct Cleaning’s services can be beneficial to your home, contact us today.

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