When Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?when should I have my air ducts cleaned?


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Amber’s Air Duct Cleaning’s Opinion

First, you want to know and take in account when the last time if ever the air ducts have been cleaned. Also taking in consideration the air duct cleaning industry has evolved in equipment, techniques, and method. So, a cleaning 10 years ago wouldn’t be the same cleaning you’d receive today if cleaned correctly.

Second, the age of your home is an important factor. Older homes have more air gaps and let in more outside air. Comparatively as a home ages so does the duct work, duct connections my become loose due to age and it’s an open invitation to dust/debris. All homes are under a slight amount of negative air pressure. The negative air pressure causes air to pull down the interior of the walls.

Third, how many people and fury family members are there? In like manner more people, more accumulation. It definitely takes time for an HVAC system to accumulate contaminants to the point where it’s time to get your ducts cleaned, but more sources, the sooner it will need to be done.

Fourth, new built homes need the HVAC system cleaned. While your home is getting built more than likely the contractor has the HVAC system is turned on. In the even that the system is on during all the interior work, the system has accumulated drywall, carpet, hard flooring, and whatever else. Furthermore, there are harmful toxins that are released from carpet and flooring. Flooring and carpet are cured with toxic chemicals.

Lastly, according to N.A.D.C.A (National Air Duct Cleaning Association), you should have the air ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. By the same token, we believe it may be the last time you ever need it done! For instance, if there’s no kids, no animals, and you keep up on house work what would be the reason you need to have the air ducts cleaned again. So if you’re asking yourself, “When is it Time to get my Ducts Cleaned”  just call Amber’s Air Duct Cleaning and wee’ll give you our honest opinion.

What’s in the pictures?

Above, on the top column of the collage are pictures of air lines. They are exactly just that, lines that distribute air throughout a home. If the air lines are dirty, the system could use a good air duct cleaning. This is literally the air that you’re breathing!

In the middle left of the collage are pictures of an a-coil. The coil is right above the plenum and as you can see has a trey that catches the sweat when the central air unit is on. If the coil is dirty and the trey has crap in it, the system could use a good  air duct cleaning. In the middle right of the visual is the blower compartment. The blower is what generates and pushes the air. If the blower compartment is dirty, the system could use a good air duct cleaning.

The bottom of the collage are pictures of the furnaces fan, fan filter, and heat exchangers. In fact, 80-90% of furnace failures are due to dust and debris. This is a good indication if these components are dirty it may be time for a good air duct cleaning.

Every Air Duct Cleaning Company is Different

For an example, if the same question was asked to two different air duct cleaning company’s, “When Should I have my Air Ducts Cleaned?” there would be two different answers. Whereas one might say every 3-5 years and the other saying every year. That’s when it’s extremely important to do research on the company you hire.

As a matter of fact, if an air duct cleaning company uses different methods to clean that may altar the frequency of how often the system needs to cleaned. However, there’s only ONE correct air duct cleaning method “push-pull.”

Other Factors

There are factors that should determine when you need your air ducts cleaned. The majority of those factors are mention in the beginning of this page. Notably, there’s a few that is not and one being renovation.

Similarly to a new built home, if there’s been renovations you will want to have the HVAC system cleaned. It’s rare a contractor will keep the HVAC system shut off or seal all of the ducts. In return, the HVAC system will collect debris that’s air born or falls into air lines.

From time to time, homeowners or renters may experience pet or/and rodent issues. In particular, pet urine and rodent feces can be hazardous to ones health. Not to mention, sometimes rodents can die in ductwork.

Over time, the ammonia from pet urine will evaporate into the air, generating toxic fumes that can cause respiratory illness and skin and eye irritation. The accumulation of feces from mice and rats can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans. Once the fecal matter becomes dry, it can be hazardous to those who breathe it in. Moreover, rodent droppings can spread diseases and viruses.


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