Why You Need Your Ducts Cleaned

September 23, 2020

Most people know that they need to change the filters in their homes regularly. We know it keeps our units running and the air clean, but it is easy to forget about the ducts. 

Air ducts are a part of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. They are pathways that allow your hot or cold air to travel through the building. The air that travels through can push things like dust, dander, pollen, and mites into your home if the ducts are not regularly cleaned. 

Your ducts are most likely located behind the walls of your home so they are often overlooked. They are left to collect dust and put a strain on your HVAC system. 

It Saves You Money

Unlike your filters, your ducts don’t need to be cleaned monthly. Instead, you should have them serviced every 2-5 years. By hiring someone to clean your ducts you are helping your house breathe and keeping your HVAC system well-maintained. Removing the dust and grime gives your unit a longer lifespan and reduces the cost of repairs. Consider looking at the cost of a new HVAC system, between $5,000-$9,000. Removing harmful dirt saves your wallet and can save your lungs. 

It’s Good for Your Health

The point of having an HVAC unit is to keep your home comfortable with breathable air, but what happens if your ducts have been left unserviced for years? Your indoor air quality may be polluted with a mix of contaminations. The pollution left in your ducts can affect how well your system runs by preventing air circulation and lack of ventilation. Instead of properly venting your home, you are left breathing in chemicals, dust, mold, and bacteria! Any of these things could give you allergy problems whenever you are home. 

How to Identify Dirty Ducts

To avoid these problems, you need your ducts serviced every few years, but how do you know when they are ready for a good cleaning? 

-First, try taking a look inside of your vents. If you see any bugs crawling around inside, then you might want to go ahead and give someone a call. You may be faced with a larger problem such as rodents walking around your ducts and they can cause long-term damage. 

-Another sign that your ducts need work is that your house feels stuffy. Check for large amounts of dirt and dust in your vents.

-If you are noticing a particularly strange smell in your house then that could be mold causing the same problem.  

If you experience signs of allergies and need to have your ducts serviced then give us a call.  The Heat and Air Guys are your trusted, Oklahoma City, local HVAC contractor. We will get your Heater and Air Conditioner working and keep it working. If you would like to make an appointment, call (405) 305-5734 today.

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