When should you have your ducts cleaned?12/22/2016Your home’s ducts are the pathway for all the air that you’re taking in. In fact, your ducts can be compared to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and supplying air throughout your home, they are also trapping pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all move through your ducts and will make their way into the air you’re breathing. This is why expert 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. considers when thinking about 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 worsen these conditions. The air in your home’s system is usually 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 seen mold inside your ducts, if you’ve recognized a vermin infestation or identify rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible confirmation of dust from your air register. The professionals 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 remembers 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 deterioration on your system. If anyone in your home is suffering from the allergies hanging around in Scottsboro or you’ve detected 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 or you can schedule an appointment with us online.