When should you have your ducts cleaned?12/22/2016Your home’s ducts are the pathway for all the air that you’re taking in. In fact, your ducts can be compared to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and circulating air around your home, they are also taking in pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all navigate your ducts and will travel into the air you’re inhaling. This is why professional duct cleaning is so important. So how do you know when you should have your ducts cleaned? The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your environment. There are many factors the team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. considers when thinking about when to have your ducts cleaned based on the conditions in Utica. 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 suffering from allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can worsen these conditions. The air in your home’s system is typically recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more opportunities for pollutants to accumulate inside your duct work. The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few suggestions about when it’s time to plan a duct cleaning: if you think or know you have noticed 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 Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. would be happy to talk you through all of these things and help 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 trained duct cleaning remembers every component of your system that air passes into. A clean system doesn’t have to labor as hard to keep pace with your thermostat. You’ll exhaust less energy and cause less erosion on your system. If anyone in your home is suffering from the allergies floating around in Utica or you’ve noticed any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. is always available to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 586-731-0950 or you can schedule an appointment with us online.