Why Get My Air Ducts Cleaned?
What do all of the above items have in common?
They are all good reasons to get your air ducts clean.
Why you ask?
Let us break it down for you below.
Your home's HVAC system handles a lot of air in each cycle.
It is tasked with removing humidity during the summer and exchanging the hot air for cold air.
In winter, cold air is drawn in, warmed up, and output to heat your home.
Both furnace and air conditioner systems require filtration of air because there are millions of tiny particles both visible and not visible to the naked eye floating around in your home.
These particles can cause blockages of key components in your home's HVAC system and clog up filters.
This in turn makes your system work harder, components get hotter, and pieces of the equipment may fail more often.
While regular filter changes can help with this, it is important to periodically clean your duct and trunk system too to remove buildup that makes it past the filter.
Don't forget that humidity also plays a key role in the comfort and efficiency of your home's air.
Many systems have some type of humidification built in to help regulate this.
It's important to keep an eye on this periodically as too little moisture can make the air uncomfortable on your skin or to breathe and too much humidity can cause damage or mold growth to your home.
Duct cleaning can help remove any mold that has taken root in your duct system which leads us to our next point.
Reduction of Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
How can cleaning my air ducts affect my seasonal allergies you might ask? Simple.
All HVAC systems have to intake air from somewhere.
During certain times of the year, your house may have more pollen or other allergens in the air.
People, pets, open windows, even indoor plants can contribute to these allergens that may aggravate your symptoms.
These particles can end up in your duct work and stick around to make you miserable.
Over time the buildup only grows and especially sensitive people may find they can't get relief from their symptoms even in their own home.
Air duct cleaning can't cure your allergies, but it can help reduce the items that trigger your symptoms.
Quality of Indoor Air
This one is pretty self explanatory.
Have a dusty vent in one of your rooms?
Take a look behind that vent. Is there dust or debris?
Every time your HVAC system kicks on you're breathing in the same thing you're looking at.
Obviously, cleaner ducts lead to less dust and better indoor air quality.
Removal of Unpleasant Odors
We've all been there.
You've cleaned everything in sight, brought in exterminators, even scrubbed down the dog and floors.
Still that smell lingers in your home.
Maybe you've lived there for a decade and haven't even quite found the source of that smell.
Air duct cleaning can help with that.
Sometimes unpleasant odors come from debris or micro-organisms living in your duct work.
Mold, mildew, even partially consumed snacks a toddler has dropped into your floor vent.
All of these things have the ability to stink up your home and can sometimes be difficult to trace down.
Air duct cleaning offers a way to remove this debris and also deodorize your ducts.
Clean fresh smelling air in the ducts, leads to clean fresh smelling air in your home.
How often should I change my filter?
A good rule of thumb is to change your filter at least once per season, or about every three months.
Some homes may need filters changed more often due to location factors or pets.
Living on a gravel road for instance, might require more frequent changes due to extra dust in the air.
Pets in the home can also contribute to shorter filter lives as the hair pets sheds often ends up in the filter and over time can clog it up.
For more specific filter changing intervals the following recommendations are pretty standard for HVAC systems.
Filters up to 2 inches thick should be changed about every three months or when they become visibly soiled.
If your filter is 2-4 inches thick it should be changed semi-annually or roughly twice per year.
Larger filters of 5 inches may last up to 12 months before requiring a change.
Still not sure of when you need to change your filter or what size it takes?
Don't have the time to remember or don't want to get dirty trying to figure out how the filter goes in?
Air Care offers a comprehensive seasonal maintenance service.
We can check and change that filter when you call us out to do a seasonal safety check.
Speaking of safety...
Did you know dryer fires caused by vents clogged with lint account for many house fires each year?
Sadly, most of these fires could have easily been prevented with a little bit of preventive maintenance.
Air Care wants to show you we care by helping you keep up with this preventive maintenance when you book duct cleaning services through us.
When you book a duct cleaning service through us you get a free dryer vent cleaning with any whole home duct cleaning.
How much does duct cleaning cost?
Not as much as you might think. Sure, up front the cost of duct cleaning can seem a little steep.
The savings on your utility bill; however, can sometimes help mitigate the cost.
Some customers report lower monthly utility bills because their clean system doesn't have to work as hard to perform the same duties and therefore uses less energy.
Depending on the size of house and how many furnaces are in the home, each duct cleaning cost may vary.
In most cases the typical home will cost between $400-$500 and a larger home will cost from $600 on up.
Beware many companies claim to offer duct cleaning at a deeply discounted rate.
We advise you to be wary of these companies.
When it comes to cleaning your home's duct system you truly get what you pay for.
Any reputable company will have to charge in the ballpark of $400-$600 to do the job properly.
If your estimate is less than that, you can expect there will be corners cut.
We're so confident in our work we will offer a free video inspection of your ducts before we start, and after we're done so you can see the difference.