How Often Should I Clean My Air Ducts at Home?

With the wonders of modern ventilation comes the necessity of cleaning your aid ducts. Removing the dust and debris building up in your system helps preserve high air quality by reducing the number of particulates floating in the air. But how frequently should your air ducts get cleaned? What are the symptoms of a duct system that needs some care?

Air Duct Cleaning Isn’t Required Frequently

Most homeowners will need to have their ducts cleaned every 3-5 years, according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. The range of time depends on location and frequency of use. Areas with a high amount of pollen in the air may require more frequent cleaning, as would areas with high heat.

Also, consider the occupants of the home. Is there anyone present with respiratory issues? Or someone more vulnerable to allergic reactions? These factors require more frequent cleaning to maintain high air quality for the comfort and safety of the occupants.

Signs It’s Time to Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Conducting a visual inspection of your air ducts will help you tell when it’s time to clean them. If you are unwilling or unable to do so, give an air quality professional a call to inspect your duct system.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists three reasons cleaning may be recommended:

Debris
Debris around your air vent register or dust that is released from the supply registers are both signs there is excessive dust or debris in your system. When changing your air filter, extensive dust buildup around the filter could be another indication that cleaning is required.

Pests
Ants, bees, wasps, rats, mice, opossums—the list goes on. Many different animals like the cool, dark spaces provided by air duct systems. Buzzing or scratching from the walls or pests moving through flues are an indication some unwanted visitors may be present. Ignoring this problem may lead to excrement, dandruff, or pest hair entering the air and reducing your indoor air quality.

Mold
Recognizable by its musty odor, mold is one of the most common reasons people need to get their ducts cleaned. If you notice a smell inside your home that doesn’t dissipate over time, giving your duct system a once-over may be prudent for your air quality and health.

If you discover mold during an air duct inspection, turn to Royal Renovations for remediation services. Our team handles cleanup for homes and businesses facing damage from disasters, whether it’s due to pests or mold. Contact us to learn more.

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