When should I clean my vents?


If you knew what was living in your air vents, you’d call us to clean them right away. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) has published a guide to this process and they say you should have the ducts that propel the heat or cool air through your home cleaned every three to five years.

From pet hair to dirt and dust, the venting that runs through the walls of your home can get filthy. They can push that grime into your home and aggravate allergies.

Here’s what you need to know about cleaning the air ducts in your home.

Things to Ask Before Air Duct Cleaning

The NADCA says to have the vents in your home inspected by a certified HVAC professional like Ambient Edge. We clean these vents to improve the indoor air quality in our homes. Dust, chemicals, pet dander, and good old Nevada desert dirt can be swept into the vents, then it is re-circulated throughout your home.

Over time, this debris can build up in the vents of your home. If anyone in your family has allergies or other respiratory issues, it is important to keep your indoor air quality as clean as possible.

When you call to get a quote on vent cleaning, it’s important to check into their credentials to be sure they do a great job in your home. Some good questions to ask include:

1. Make sure your contractor is properly licensed and insured.

2. Find out what parts of the venting are being cleaned. That could be the supply and cold air return, the coils, registers, drains, and grills.

3. Make sure the contractor will collect the debris instead of releasing that into your home.

4. Ask about how the contractor is cleaning; are they using vacuum collection or agitation while cleaning.

5. Are they using any chemicals during the cleaning process? If so, are they safe?

It’s important to consider the entire heating and cooling unit of your home as a system. That system includes the vents and pipes that carry the heated or cooled air through your home. The U.S. Department of Energy says that 25 percent to 40 percent of the energy in your home is wasted. If the air ducts in your home are filled up with dirt and debris, your HVAC unit will have to work harder to pump the air through your home. This will wear out the unit more quickly and make it less efficient.

Breathe Easier with Ambient Edge

Ambient Edge is concerned about the indoor air quality of your home. In addition to installing HVAC units and inspecting and cleaning ductwork, we also offer whole-home air purification units. Poor indoor air quality can negatively affect your health, as pollutants are distributed throughout your home. Allergies, asthma, and COPD are just some of the long-term results of poor indoor air quality.

Contact Ambient Edge today for a consultation on the cleanliness and efficiency of your current HVAC system. Ask us about cleaning ductwork – or consider a central air purifier to add to your indoor comfort this fall.

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