When Is It Time to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

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Your home relies on properly functioning air ducts as well as many other components to deliver air evenly and efficiently throughout your home. To keep things running smoothly, you likely have regularly scheduled maintenance performed every so often.

Should cleaning your air ducts be a part of your regularly scheduled maintenance? That all depends.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

It’s somewhat self-explanatory, but air duct cleaning is a process performed by an HVAC technician using a combination of brushes, vacuums and various chemical solutions to clean the inside of your home’s HVAC system. That includes cleaning supply and return air ducts, evaporator coils, heat exchangers, throughout the ductwork itself and more.

Most states and municipalities don’t require any sort of license for cleaning air ducts. If you’re in the market for an air duct cleaner, it’s best to use a reputable HVAC service company with clean credentials or one that’s a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).

Reasons to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

The EPA and NADCA agree that there are some benefits to having your air ducts cleaned periodically. However, it’s most beneficial when serious contamination threats or significant blockage is present. Essentially, you should consider having your air ducts cleaned when one of the following situations presents itself:

  • Insect or rodent droppings – If you notice bodies or droppings from insects or rodents in your air ducts, it’s probably a good time to get them cleaned. This will help prevent your system from circulating hazardous particles or debris back into your home and address any sort of nesting that may have occurred.
  • Mold infestation – Moisture trapped inside of an HVAC system can cause mold growth, which can lead to serious long-term health issues if not addressed right away. If you notice a musty or moldy smell coming from your ventilation then you should consider having an HVAC technician inspect your system.
  • Significant dust blockage – All HVAC systems will accumulate dust and debris over time. Some dust clutter in your system is expected. When the system becomes excessively blocked – as in air flow is noticeably weaker than it should be – you should consider getting your home’s air ducts cleaned.
  • Allergy issues – If you or someone in your home has allergies or asthma, you should consider having your air ducts cleaned almost annually. Other precautionary maintenance routines should be adopted as well, such as changing your HVAC system’s filter as needed and keeping your vents and registers clear of blockage.

It’s worth pointing out that if your system doesn’t seem to be working as efficiently, there may be other factors at play that should be addressed. For example, changing your air filter every two to three months is the most commonly recommended action to improve efficiency and indoor air quality in your home. Further, scheduling regular HVAC tune-ups and making sure your thermostat is working properly are also key to promoting system longevity, efficiency and maximizing health benefits.

Are There Cons to Having Air Ducts Cleaned?

There are some potential issues to be aware of if you’re considering having your air ducts and system cleaned. Primarily, cleaning your air ducts can sometimes loosen up debris and blockage causing it to circulate back into your home and worsen indoor air quality problems. Additionally, untrained or non-reputable HVAC technicians may damage your system on the inside while they attempt to clean it.

Have a Trained Professional Clean Your Air Ducts and HVAC System

Making sure your HVAC system is running efficiently will save you money on energy bills, help your unit last longer and provide immeasurable health benefits. While both the EPA and NADCA agree that cleaning your air ducts could provide benefits of its own, the best thing you can do is schedule a regular tune-up to make sure your HVAC system is up to task.

Whether you think you need your air ducts cleaned or you simply need to schedule a tune-up, the trusted pros at Western States Home Services can provide you expert and honest service in both the Phoenix and Tucson area. Contact Western States Home Services online or by calling (480) 696-5857 today!