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Cleaning the Air Ducts in your Home
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Monday, August 22, 2016

How often you have the air ducts cleaned in you home depends on a few factors: your lifestyle, where you live, and who lives in your home. In general, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends having your air ducts cleaned at least every five years, but you may want to do it more often than that.

If you live in an area of the country with high counts of pollen or dust, if you or someone in your household smokes, if you live with pets who shed, and if there’s anyone in your family who suffers from allergies or asthma, you’ll want to have your air ducts cleaned more often; about every three years.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends cleaning air ducts if:

  • You suspect there is mold in the air ducts
  • You notice a vermin infestation somewhere in the home, or you see insects or rodents entering or exiting ductwork
  • You see a visible cloud of dust released from the supply registers when air is exiting the vents
  • You notice black debris around the outside of your air vent register
  • There is a lot of buildup on the air filter when you change it out

 

Benefits of Having your Ducts Cleaned

While no government agency has officially endorsed having air ducts cleaned as a way of protecting or improving your health, plenty of people find it helpful when it comes to respiratory issues. Any build up or circulation of dust mites, pollen, or dander will put stress on our respiratory system. Keeping the dust, pollen, and dander levels down within your home can be immensely helpful in alleviating respiratory difficulty.

A thorough cleaning is the only way to remove these elements. A skilled technician will use a negative air machine and rotary brush cabling system to  addresses every part of the system that air moves across, not just the air ducts.

NADCA recommends that homeowners clean air ducts:

  • Every three to five years
  • When you move into a new home, unless you know the previous homeowner serviced the air ducts within the last three years
  • After building a new home or after a home remodeling project; it's likely the ducts have built up debris from drywall dust and other materials used during the construction phase
  • If you have pets in the home that shed

A high quality duct cleaning costs between $400 and $1,000, depending on the size of your home, and addresses every aspect of the system that air passes over, including the furnace, air coils and central system. Good cleaners will use negative air machines with HEPA filters. The whole process should take a few hours. Many quality ductwork cleaners use truck-mounted, outside vacuum systems that contain dust and debris outside the house. To be extra sure you’re hiring a reputable company, ask whether they follow the standards set by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

If you have questions about your air HVAC system, give Crane Heating and Air Conditioning a call today: 513-641-4700.





 

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