When should you have your ducts cleaned?

Your home’s ducts are the pathway for all the air that you’re taking in. In fact, your ducts can be paralleled to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and supplying air within your home, they are also taking in pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all move through your ducts and will travel into the air you’re taking in. This is why pro duct cleaning is so important. So how do you know when you should have your ducts cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association suggests that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your circumstances. There are a number of factors the team at Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling contemplates when figuring out when to have your ducts cleaned based on the circumstances in Greater Richmond. Everyday life produces contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to consider along with any recent home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is experiencing allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can worsen these conditions. The air in your home’s system is usually recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more chances for pollutants to build up inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few propsals about when it’s time to plan a duct cleaning: if you believe or know you have seen mold inside your ducts, if you’ve seen a vermin infestation or spot rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible evidence of dust from your air register. The experts at Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling would be happy to talk you through all of these things and support you through the process to see if you could profit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name suggests it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A qualified duct cleaning cleans every part of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to labor as hard to keep up with your thermostat. You’ll use less energy and cause less erosion on your system.

If anyone in your home is experiencing the allergies drifting around in Greater Richmond or you’ve observed any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is always accessible to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 804-302-6657.

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