If you’re wondering whether duct cleaning is a waste of money, the short answer is definitely no. Duct cleaning is an important way to improve your indoor air quality. If you think about it, when your ducts are dirty, and then your HVAC system comes on, it then blows that dust and debris buildup all throughout your home. This is certainly not good for your health, nor the health of anyone who lives in or visits your home.
What follows is some additional information with respect to duct cleaning. If you ultimately decide that the job is too intimidating to do by yourself, don’t worry – Ambient Edge is ready to help any time you need us. At (888) 240-8283, we’re only a phone call away – so call now!
What is a Duct Cleaning Anyway?
A professional air duct cleaning is the process by which HVAC technicians remove the buildup of dust and dirt that can accumulate over time in your ductwork. Not only is this disgusting, but it is also unhealthy and can even be carcinogenic. In some cases, when moisture mixes with this debris, you may even have a secondary issue: mold or mildew.
An HVAC technician will sanitize your ductwork by way of special blowers, vacuums, and brushes and will inspect it for potential problems that may develop later on. Also included in such cleaning is the sanitization of parts in your HVAC system that, if left untended, could also cause a dust and debris buildup, such as its fans, registers, coils, and motors.
How to Know When It’s Time for a Duct Cleaning
To prevent a buildup of indoor air pollution in your home, you may be wondering how often you need to clean your ducts. The frequency of duct cleaning is not a universal thing – it all depends on your particular lifestyle.
For instance, if you have pets – especially multiple pets – then you want to clean your ducts more frequently to prevent a buildup of animal dander. This is especially true if you or someone you live with has an allergy to animal dander.
Other factors that determine how often you need to clean your ducts include:
- How many people in your home experience allergies or asthma, as well as when they experience it and the severity of their symptoms
- Water damage incurred within your home or affecting your HVAC system that could or did result in a mold problem
- If you’ve recently had a renovation or remodeling done
- If you or someone you live with is a smoker
You should also always have the ducts cleaned upon moving into a new home. After all, you can’t know the entire history of the people who lived in your home before – or whom they invited over, and how often.
How Often You Should Have Your Ducts Cleaned
If you sign up for preventive maintenance, such as that which is offered by Ambient Edge, our technicians can perform a duct cleaning once a year to keep everything in working order. We can also inspect your ducts to ensure there are no tears or any other damages that would require immediate repair to prevent potentially catastrophic damage later on.
That said, you should schedule a soup-to-nuts cleaning once every three to five years. However, if you or someone in your home suffers from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory concerns, you should probably schedule more frequent cleanings.
A typical soup-to-nuts cleaning takes two technicians between two and four hours to clean a standard (2,000 to 2,500 sq. ft.) home, so it’s a good idea to schedule the cleaning for a day when you can be out of the house so as not to breathe in the dust and debris.
Here’s something else that should help you feel better about paying for a professional duct cleaning: the savings on your utility bill. When your HVAC system and air ducts aren’t clogged with dirt and debris, they can run more efficiently. This means your system turns on less often, and when it does, it functions at full (or closer to full) capacity. So, what you spend on the duct cleaning you may ultimately end up saving on your utility bill!
Need a Professional Duct Cleaning? Call Ambient Edge!
There are some situations wherein you can attempt to clean your HVAC system yourself. However, for a more thorough cleaning, you may want to hire a professional HVAC technician for help. That’s where Ambient Edge comes in.
Call us at (888) 240-8283 to schedule a service call or drop us a line on our website. There is nothing more important than your health and the health of your loved ones. If you neglect your HVAC system and air ducts, you are putting your and their health in jeopardy, so…is duct cleaning a waste of money? No way! Give us a call today and breathe in the difference!