If you’re like most people, the inside of your air ducts is something you rarely think about—that is, until it’s time to clean them. Then, all of a sudden, you might find yourself wondering things like, “How often should I have my ducts cleaned?” and “What’s the process even like?”
Don’t worry, we’re here to answer all your burning questions about duct cleaning. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this important home maintenance task.
Why You Should Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Your air ducts play a crucial role in your home’s heating and cooling system; they help circulate air throughout your house. Over time, though, they can become clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris. This not only reduces your HVAC system’s efficiency but can also lead to health problems like allergies and asthma. That’s why it’s important to have your ducts cleaned on a regular basis.
Most experts recommend having your air ducts cleaned every three to five years. However, if you have pets or someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma, you may want to have them cleaned more often.
The Duct Cleaning Process
So what does the duct cleaning process actually entail? First, a technician will inspect your entire HVAC system, paying special attention to your air ducts. Then, they’ll seal off any openings in your ductwork so that no debris escapes during the cleaning process. Next, they’ll use high-powered vacuums and brushes to remove any dust or dirt buildup from the inside of your ducts. Finally, they’ll sanitize your ductwork using powerful cleaners that eliminate any remaining mold or bacteria.
A Note on Noisy Duct Cleaning
As we mentioned earlier, one common concern people have about duct cleaning is the noise level. Rest assured that it will just sound like your house is being vacuumed—it won’t be too loud and shouldn’t interfere with your regular activities. However, while the vents are being cleaned, you must switch off your heating or cooling system for the technician’s safety and effectiveness. When the service is over, you can reactivate your HVAC system and enjoy clean, fresh air in your house once again.
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