Every once in a while your nose may tickle and you may wonder to yourself if it’s your air ducts. Is duct cleaning really necessary? It depends. Air duct cleaning primarily refers to commercial applications, or at least applications where sheet metal ducts are used. Flexible duct work, like you typically find in most homes, should typically not be cleaned because it has a higher potential to be damaged in the process. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the underlying reason would be to increase your system’s efficiency, not necessarily a health issue.
What About Dust & Pollen & Allergies?
Most commonly, as long as you’re changing your air filters regularly and keeping your HVAC system regularly maintained, you don’t need to worry about air duct cleaning simply to be healthier. However, those that are very sensitive to dust and pollen may consider taking a look at their vent and checking it out for cleanliness. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), if your ducts look dirty they probably are.
When to Get Your Duct Cleaned
Keeping your ducts free of dust, gunk and debris to maintain your system’s efficiency is definitely a reason to get your air duct cleaned. Consider air duct cleaning if:
- Dust, cobwebs and debris blow out of your vents
- Your home has recently undergone renovations
- Your ducts were installed poorly
- Your ducts are infested with vermin
Indoor Air Quality Facts
- 40 pounds of dust is created each year in a standard 6-room house
- If a contaminant is pulled into your HVAC system, it will be recirculated 5-7 times a day on average
- A dirty duct won’t make you directly sick, but it could contribute to larger health issues or agitate those with sensitivity to certain particles
- Those with respiratory health conditions, environmental allergies and autoimmune disorders are the type of home dwellers that may consider getting their air duct cleaned.
If you think you may require air duct cleaning, call Lee’s Air today to learn more or get started.