When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the channel for all the air that you’re taking in. In fact, your ducts can be equated to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and distributing air throughout your home, they are also trapping pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all move through your ducts and will travel into the air you’re breathing. This is why professional duct cleaning is so important. So how do you know when you should have your ducts cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association advises that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your conditions. There are many factors the team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. takes into account when figuring out when to have your ducts cleaned based on the conditions in Scottsboro. Everyday life creates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to take into account along with any new home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is suffering from allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can aggravate these conditions. The air in your home’s system is normally recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more occasions for pollutants to fester inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few propsals about when it’s time to plan a duct cleaning: if you believe or know you have spotted mold inside your ducts, if you’ve recognized a vermin infestation or spot rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible confirmation of dust from your air register. The experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. would be happy to talk you through all of these factors and help you through the procedure to see if you could profit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name suggests it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A trained duct cleaning takes into account every piece of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to operate as hard to keep pace with your thermostat. You’ll waste less energy and cause less wear and tear on your system.

If anyone in your home is suffering from the allergies hanging around in Scottsboro or you’ve noticed any of the cautionary signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. is always available to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 256-574-1300.