When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 22, 2016

Your home’s ducts are the pathway for all the air that you’re breathing. In fact, your ducts can be paralleled to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and circulating air within your home, they are also taking in pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all navigate your ducts and will find their way into the air you’re taking in. This is why pro duct cleaning is so important. So how do you know when you should have your ducts cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your environment. There are several factors the team at Total Comfort takes into account when figuring out when to have your ducts cleaned based on the environment in Franklin Lakes. Everyday life generates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to take into account along with any current home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is experiencing allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can worsen these conditions. The air in your home’s system is typically recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more occasions for pollutants to accumulate inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few recommendations about when it’s time to arrange 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 proof of dust from your air register. The professionals at Total Comfort would be happy to talk you through all of these issues and support you through the procedure to see if you could gain anything from a duct cleaning.

Although the name suggests it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A trained duct cleaning cleans every component of your system that air passes over. A clean system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep pace with your thermostat. You’ll use less energy and cause less wear and tear on your system.

If anyone in your home is affected by the allergies floating around in Franklin Lakes or you’ve noticed any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start considering duct cleaning. The team at Total Comfort is always free to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 201-268-5663.