Your ductwork is the heart and circulatory system of your house – keep it clean to ensure everyone breathes more easily.
Your ducts are responsible for circulating warm and cool air. As that air is cycled out to your living areas and back to your furnace, it can pick up dust, pet dander, and even mold. As these particles build up in your ductwork, it can be carried into your furnace where it can cause problems, meaning your system may not run efficiently or may end up needing repairs.
Another issue with debris collecting in your ducts is your health. Circulating dust and other particles makes breathing more of a chore, especially for those with allergies or asthma. And then of course, there is the chore of keeping your house clean and surfaces free of annoying dust.
Get to know the benefits associated with having your ducts cleaned, what’s involved in getting it done right, as well as how often you need to have it done.
Beware of fly-by-night duct-cleaning companies
Duct cleaning is an essential part of home maintenance, akin to mopping and vacuuming. Unfortunately, there are numerous fast and furious telemarketing pitches out there promising all sorts of unproven claims. In some cases they stir up so much dust while cleaning that an hour later your furniture and floors may be coated in dust, and particles can get into your furnace and cause problems.
Duct cleaning done right by Furnasman Right Time
At Furnasman Right Time, we go the extra distance to clean your ducts properly and thoroughly, without leaving a mess behind for you to clean. We send two technicians to do the job right. We connect our powerful vacuum to the ductwork and cordon off the furnace to prevent any dust from settling in it. We create a self-contained system between your ducts and our equipment, covering all of the vents and registers throughout the house.
One technician works from the top of your house downward, blowing dust down to the vacuum we have set up in your basement, at the heart of your ductwork. The second technician stays with the vacuum ensuring that everything runs properly throughout the cleaning.
Top 8 reasons why you should have your ductwork cleaned by a Right Time specialist:
- Your home will smell better
- You’ll notice less dust on your furniture and floors
- No more waking up stuffy or congested
- Long-term energy savings
- Less need for air conditioning in summer/ heating in winter due to better airflow
- Less susceptibility to allergies or asthma
- A lower concentration of microorganisms such as mold and bacteria
- An immediate improvement in air quality
How often should you have your ducts cleaned?
How often you need your ducts cleaned may depend on where you live, whether or not you have pets, and a host of other factors. Some ideal times to consider this service are:
- When you move into a resale home, unless you know for certain that the previous homeowner serviced the ducts within the last three years or less
- After building a new home
- After completing a home remodeling project. This is because construction projects spread sawdust throughout the home, and unless you go to great lengths to protect the ducts, the dust will extend into the ductwork, too.
- If the any of the people who live in your home have severe allergies
- If there is a smoker in the household
- If you have multiple pets in the home that shed fur and dander, or even if you have just one animal that sheds a great deal.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. recommends cleaning air ducts when:
- You suspect that mold exists in the ducts
- You notice a vermin infestation somewhere in the home, or you see insects or rodents entering or exiting ductwork
- You see a visible “poof” of dust released from the supply registers when cooled air is exiting the vents
As you can see, the need for cleaning depends on a variety of factors, including pets, smoking, recent renovations and overall home cleanliness. Out of sight, out of mind is not a good excuse for avoiding the task! Talk to Furnasman today to find out if it’s time to get your ducts cleaned.