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When should you have your ducts cleaned?

December 10, 2020

Your home’s ducts are the channel 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 circulating air around your home, they are also taking in pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all move through your ducts and will find their way into the air you’re taking in. 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 suggests that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your environment. There are many factors the team at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services takes into account when thinking about when to have your ducts cleaned based on the circumstances in Anchorage. Everyday life creates contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to consider along with any recent 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 plan a duct cleaning: if you suspect or know you have noticed mold inside your ducts, if you’ve noticed 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 Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services would be happy to talk you through all of these factors and assist you through the procedure to see if you could benefit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name implies it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A trained duct cleaning cleans every part of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep up with your thermostat. You’ll exhaust less energy and cause less deterioration on your system.

If anyone in your home is affected by the allergies floating around in Anchorage 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 Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services is always accessible to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 907-202-9798.