Why do I need to clean my ducts?

According to the EPA, levels of air pollution inside the homes can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Household dust can contain mites, mold, mildew, pollen and animal dander- all of which is cycled through the central Air system, which completely circulates the air in your home three to five times a day. Cleaning your ducts can reduce this indoor pollution and help remove these contaminants from circulating through your home and lungs.

How often do I need to clean my central air system?

Most certified air duct cleaners and other experts agree that generally air ducts should be cleaned every two to five years. Other times you may need to clean your duct system include:
  • moving into a new home (unless you know the previous homeowner serviced the air ducts within the last three years)
  • after building a new home
  • after completing a home remodeling project (it’s likely the ducts have built up debris from drywall dust and other materials used during the construction phase)
  • if home occupants have severe allergies
  • if you have pets in the home that shed fur and dander

What is building up in my ducts?

Your furnace filter and return filters catch most of the things circulating in your air, but neglect can lead to a buildup of gunk inside your ductwork such as: construction, dust, mites, mold, mildew, pollen and animal dander. It is not uncommon to find other odds and ends like trash, small toys, screws etc.

How long does the duct cleaning process usually take?

Our technicians will inspect your air system and depending on how your HVAC system works and how many vents we need to clean, it can take between one to three hours.

Can I clean my ductwork myself?

These services are not highly technical, nor is it overly complicated. Most of the time it can be performed by one person. Air duct cleaning, for instance, requires little more than feeding a hose into the supply-side air ducts through the register openings. But with the wrong equipment you can risk leaving dust, mold etc behind.

Can getting my ducts cleaned affect my electric bill?

Yes, NADCA notes that contaminant buildup can also block airflow and force HVAC systems to work harder and for longer periods of time. This can increase energy bills and wear and tear on the systems themselves.