Air Ducts: The Essential Spring Cleaning Item

March 1, 2022

Spring cleaning is when most homeowners do a deep cleaning of their entire home. Your HVAC system should also be cleaned in your yearly routine. The more people and pets that live in your home, the more dust, allergens, pollen, dander, airborne bacteria, and contaminants that can be in your air ducts. If you have someone in your home with allergies or asthma, having your air ducts cleaned yearly can greatly help them breathe clean and fresh air. There are also many other benefits to annual air duct cleaning as well.

Extending The Life of Your HVAC System

When your air ducts are clogged, your HVAC system has to work harder to do its job all year round. This can lead to higher energy bills and to a shorter life of your entire system, which in turn can mean purchasing an entirely new system sooner than necessary.

Since you don’t see the air ducts in your home, they are often forgotten during cleaning routines. At times, air ducts can have a break in them and you may not even know. Breaks allow contaminants into the ductwork. Air blows over the debris, and then that air is distributed through the air ducts into your home. This also means that your HVAC unit has to work harder to heat or cool your home, and it will need to be replaced sooner than it should be.

Prevention of Mold and Mildew

Having your ducts cleaned can prevent mold and mildew from accumulating in them. Rooms that generally have a lot of humidity in them, such as laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms, tend to accumulate mold spores which spread into the system and into your home. Mold and mildew can cause serious respiratory health issues.

Replacing Your Air Filters

The best thing homeowners can do to help keep their home’s air cleaner is to change the air filters at least every two months. This will keep the system from being clogged with debris and keep the air inside your home fresher. Regular vacuuming in your home can keep any pet dander or dust from entering your system because there will be fewer particles floating in the air to enter the air return duct.

It’s best to have your air ducts cleaned in the spring before your HVAC unit needs to be running full blast to keep up with the summer heat and to remove pollen from springtime blooms as well. So spring is when to clean an air duct for both residential and commercial properties.

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