How Often Should I Clean My Air Ducts?
Do you maintain the air ducts in your Washington home?
Ductwork is an essential part of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and requires occasional cleaning and repair, just like the rest of your equipment.
You can pour time and money into HVAC maintenance, but if you neglect your ductwork, you can expect a lower return on your heating and cooling investment. Dirt from ductwork can clog your HVAC air filter, restrict airflow, and make equipment work harder and less efficiently. It might even shorten your system’s service life.
Dirty ductwork can release contaminants into your living space, worsening indoor air quality (IAQ) and possibly triggering allergy and asthma symptoms.
Ductwork cleaning helps safeguard your HVAC equipment from debris and improves indoor air quality. Your HVAC system makes your Puyallup home comfortable and relies on ductwork for heating and cooling distribution.
If you have not attended to your ductwork in years, consider scheduling a cleaning.
At Resicon LLC, our experts not only repair and install ductwork, but we are trained and equipped to clean them too. We offer duct cleaning because it creates a more comfortable, healthier environment that benefits you and your HVAC system.
How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?
We suggest twice-annual tune-ups for your HVAC equipment, which include a safety inspection, performance checkup, and cleaning. The rule of thumb for duct cleaning varies depending on the pollution sources in your home.
The National Air Ducts Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends cleaning your air ducts every three years. We suggest you consider more frequent cleanings if your household includes pets, a smoker, or someone with asthma or allergies.
Cleaning is essential if you notice signs of mold or pests inside your air vents and if you recently had construction work in your Puyallup home. Sawdust, paint chips, and other debris could have entered your ductwork through registers and grilles.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends duct cleaning “as needed.” It notes you should consider air duct cleaning if you detect mold, insects, or rodents in the ducts or if clogged ducts have released dust and debris into your home.
Duct Cleaning Is Not a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Job
You can change your HVAC air filter and vacuum air vent registers and grilles, but cleaning your ductwork is not a job for do-it-yourselfers. Duct cleaning requires specialized tools and experience.
Our qualified technicians at Resicon use powerful vacuum trucks and an assortment of brushes to get the job done right without spilling duct contents into your home and creating an unhealthy mess.
Our industry-approved equipment removes accumulated particles and clogs without damaging your air ducts, grilles, and registers.
Keep Ductwork Clean
Eliminating sources of indoor contamination can improve indoor air quality and prevent particles from clogging your ductwork. The ductwork in your home will stay cleaner if you:
- Dust and vacuum frequently. Prevent dust buildup on air vent grilles and registers.
- Groom your pets.
- Remove your shoes when entering your home, and wear slippers indoors.
- Inspect your HVAC air filter monthly and change it when it is dirty at least every three months.
- Keep windows closed when outdoor air quality is poor.