How often do you clean your air ducts? Not that often, because it’s not a constant need. Modern ventilation systems are pretty good with filters to keep gunk out of your air ducts. Over time, though, dust, particulates, allergens, and debris can settle in your air ducts. The average person will want to clean their air ducts every 3 years or so in Northern Utah. Beyond that, there are other times you’d want to get it cleaned as well.
A good remodeling company will do everything it can to avoid getting debris into your air ducts, but even the best companies can’t stop everything. This is especially true if the remodeling job requires them to reroute air ducts to make room for new additions to your home. If you’ve recently remodeled your home, you should have your air ducts looked at. According to Easy Breezy Ducts, most construction companies know this, which is why the good ones will usually have connections with air duct cleaning companies, or get the equipment to do it themselves. Not all of them do, however, so you should always check.
If you’re moving into a new home, most people like to clean it up before moving in. This is doubly true for air ducts as well. Dust and dander from the previous residents can build up over the years, making it extra dusty in the home. Cleaning the ducts makes sure that the air is clean when you move in. As a bonus you can have the cleaning added to the closing costs when buying a home to eliminate a lot of extra costs up front and breathe easy in your new home.
People who are sensitive to dust, pet dander, and other allergens should probably have their system checked out. When allergens get into your system, they get spread to every room in the house, potentially exposing you to them. That could make you very uncomfortable in your own home, to say nothing of the potential health effects. It’s very common in older homes because most air ducts aren’t sealed properly. Even on modern HVAC systems, the filter can only stop so much. Regular cleanings and specialty air filtration system can drastically reduce the allergens you breathe in.
4. Air Quality
Northern Utah – especially Cache Valley – has a particular air quality problem. The air is good most of the year, but during the winter, there’s a phenomenon called an inversion. Because of the mountains and valleys, the colder months cause all of the air pollution to sink into the lower areas where a lot of people live. In some places, winter air quality briefly rises to place among the top worst air quality areas in the country. That’s something you don’t want staying in your ducts,recirculating and building up over time throughout your house.
5. It’s Been A While
Modern HVACs don’t need regular cleaning, but you should still have them checked up on now and again. If it’s been three or more years since you had your air ducts cleaned out, it might be a good idea to check and make sure everything’s still on the up and up. With technology you can have a specialty camera to inspect things to check not only how clean your air ducts are but to see if there are any potential unseen damage as well.
There are many reasons why cleaning your air ducts matters. From helping those with allergies, to maintaining HVAC efficiency, cleaning your air ducts in Northern Utah is one of the most commonly overlooked cleaning items. If you have remodeled, are looking to move or recently moved, have allergies, or don’t enjoy the air quality, consider getting your air ducts (and even dryer vents) cleaned.