Even if you dust and vacuum regularly, your home’s air quality may be affected by indoor pollution. The air ducts of your home’s HVAC system can collect impurities, which are then released into the air when you turn your air conditioner or heater on.
What substances can gather in your ducts?
Depending on the residents and the activities in your home, your air ducts can harbor a lot of unpleasant contaminants. In homes with pets, dander can gather. Smokers’ homes often have tar in the vents. If you have had renovations performed recently, dust may have been sucked into your vents. When the weather is damp, moisture inside can cause your air ducts to grow mold and mildew.
How often should air duct cleaning be performed?
How often you need your air ducts cleaned depends on a number of factors. If you have allergy sufferers in your home, annual cleaning can make a great difference in their symptoms. In other cases, having your ducts cleaned every three to five years may be enough to remove contaminants and improve the quality of the air that you breathe.
Air duct cleaning is also good for the system itself. You will find that your air conditioner does not have to work as hard to circulate the air when the air ducts are cleaned. This means lower power bills and less wear and tear on this expensive system.
What can you do between cleanings?
Your air duct system will stay cleaner if you take precautions to keep contaminants out. Change the filters regularly to keep dust and dirt from getting into your system. Vacuum on a regular basis to pick up dust and dirt before it can be sucked into your ducts. During the times of year that the pollen is heavy, consider changing immediately when you get home to keep pollen out of the air that you breathe.
Air duct cleaning is one of the small maintenance tasks that can make a huge difference in your home. Many people find that the indoor air quality is noticeably better after an air duct cleaning is performed. At Lakeview Heating and Cooling, we perform the maintenance you need to keep your heating and cooling systems running great. Do you remember when you last had your ducts cleaned? If it’s been awhile, it may be time for maintenance. Call for an assessment today.