To Clean Or Not To Clean?
Have you been finding yourself dusting your house a little more often lately? Have you been experiencing increased allergy or asthma symptoms? Have you renovated recently? Are you noticing more dust accumulating around your vents? Or maybe you are a pet owner.
All these things are reasons why you should be performing regular HVAC system cleaning or duct cleaning on your home. You do not just leave the dirty dishes in the sink, right? You clean them because they get dirty. The same rule applies to your air ducts. Think of it this way: Your HVAC system is the lungs of your home, and you would not want your lungs dirty and clogged up, would you?
It is recommended that air duct cleaning be performed once every three to five years. However, the frequency of air duct cleaning depends on the quality of the air in your home — it could be more often or less often.
So, how do you know when it’s time to get your ducts cleaned?
- Increased allergy symptoms – if you’ve noticed increased symptoms, it might be time to get those ducts cleaned. Your HVAC system recirculates the dust in your home and the allergens and irritants can get stuck inside your ductwork, thus making your asthma or allergy symptoms worse.
- Excessive dust or debris in the home – if you’re dusting more than normal or changing the air filter more often, this is also a sign it’s time for duct cleaning. If you have done any big renovations or remodeling or major cleaning in your home, dust and debris could be building up in your ducts. If you can see dust on your air vents and debris inside the openings, your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep your home comfortable, increasing your utility bill.
- Pest infestations – if you’ve noticed an increase in bugs, rodents, or other pests in your home, getting your ducts cleaned will help rid your HVAC system of potentially harmful bacteria that’s getting circulated throughout your home.
According to NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association), “If your ducts look dirty, they probably are.” If you’re unsure if your home needs duct cleaning, consult a NADCA-certified professional (spoiler alert, Black Diamond is NADCA-certified!). Along with improved indoor air quality, cleaning your ducts can result in energy savings for you. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25-40% of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in your heating or cooling system cause it to work harder, thus shortening the life of your system.
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