Over the years, we’ve found that this is a common question for homeowners. So is there a hard rule for how often you should clean your air ducts? According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the best practice is to clean your ducts every three to five years. Remember, this is a general rule of thumb that is influenced by several factors.
Factors That Influence How Often Your Should Clean Your Ducts
While the baseline time frame should work for most, some homeowners might need to clean their ducts more frequently. If you fall into any of the categories below, you might want to consider cleaning your air ducts more frequently.
- You own an older home
- You have pets
- Someone in the house smokes
- Someone in the house suffers from allergies
- You’ve noticed a lot of dust in your home
If you’re unsure about whether you should increase your duct cleanings, contact the Air Hawk team. We can come out and assess your situation and help you create a cleaning schedule that’s ideal for your home.
Signs That It’s Time For A Deep Cleaning
Every home is different but there are a few signs that are universal indicators that it’s time to deep clean your air ducts. The most obvious sign that you should schedule a deep cleaning is an increase in dust build up. Do you find yourself dusting your furniture more frequently than normal? If the answer is yes, then you’ll probably also notice an increase in the visible dust around the ducts.
In addition to dust build up, you might also notice an increase in allergy symptoms and respiratory issues. This can be caused due to an increase in the amount of dander, pollen, and other pollutants caught in the ducts. If you’ve been trying to figure out why your indoor air quality has decreased, even after changing your air filters, schedule an appointment with our team. We will perform a deep clean and help you determine how often you should clean your air ducts based on your environment.
Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts
The number one benefit of cleaning your air ducts is improved indoor air quality. Remember, your HVAC system using your home’s ductwork to circulate air throughout your house. That means that anything that is in the ducts will eventually find its way out of the vents and into your air supply. After a deep cleaning, you should notice an improvement in breathing—and sleeping. And who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep?
Several factors influence just how often you should clean your air vents. Developing a cleaning schedule will help you maintain great indoor air quality and airflow. If you believe it might be time for thorough cleaning of your duct system