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5 Reasons to Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Most Americans spend the majority of their time indoors, yet it is estimated by the EPA that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. This polluted air could be contributing to problems regarding the health of yourself, and of your home. While common and regular cleaning chores like dusting and vacuuming can limit these problems, getting your air ducts cleaned by professionals can help tremendously too.

Here are 5 reasons to get your air ducts cleaned. Don’t let the condition of your air ducts contribute to the pollution in your indoor air, and the health of you, your family, or your home.

1.  Mold

We put this first because it’s probably the most common concern and reason for needing an air duct cleaning. Mold can lead to trouble with your health, usually by way of allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints. And the fastest way to spread mold through a building is through a forced-air HVAC system, so it’s best to take care of it as soon as possible.

2.  Remodeling or moving into a new home

Dust naturally accumulates in any home, even up to 40 pounds annually in a typical 6-room home, according to the NADCA. Imagine how much more is accumulated during a renovation, where dust and dirt are more plentiful. If you have renovation plans, don’t forget to budget for an air duct cleaning.

Are you moving into a new home? Because you don’t know the history of the house well, like how many pets or smokers have lived there, it’s not a bad idea to get an air duct cleaning before you move in.

3.  Health

The air you breathe has an impact on your health, and getting the air ducts cleaned will remove contaminants and improve air quality. With that being said, we can list general health as a good reason to get your air ducts cleaned. We mentioned earlier the impacts that mold can have on your health, but even the dust or dirt that is harbored in your vents could make allergies or respiratory issues appear or worsen.

4.  Efficiency

As air circulates through your duct system, dirt, dust and allergens can accumulate, and this could actually hinder the efficiency of your system. If you notice an increase in the energy needed to operate the heating system at desired settings, or a variation in temperature or air flow throughout the house, these may be signs that dirt and debris are blocking coils and ductwork, restricting flow and increasing utility bills.

Having a clean air duct system can help your furnace heat your home more efficiently by moving the air throughout the home more effectively. This may reduce your energy costs, which of course is a great thing by anyone’s standards.

5.  Odor

Some odors just don’t seem to go away. Musty smells related to mold, or odors caused by cigarettes are a couple that come to mind. Nobody likes living with these odors, and they are a good reason to invest in duct cleaning, as doing so will remove the source/holder of the smells.


Whether or not any of these 5 reasons are relevant to you, there is one thing that should be relevant to anyone with air ducts in their home. And that is maintenance. Both the furnace and air conditioning have filters that trap a high percentage of particles in the air, which prevents them from entering the ductwork. Therefore, the biggest part of maintenance involves checking and changing your filters regularly. This will maintain the condition of your ducts after a cleaning, or prevent the need for a cleaning in the first place.

You don’t want the condition of your air ducts to be contributing to the pollution in your indoor air. You also don’t want it to be affecting the health of you, your family, or your home. Understanding the reasons for getting air ducts cleaned, calling the professionals when necessary, and regular maintenance will keep indoor pollution from being an issue in your household.

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