How frequent should you clean your air ducts?
How often should you be cleaning your air ducts?
According to the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association, property owners should have their air ducts cleaned every three to five years. However, the timing may also depend on the region you are in, as well as the use you give your HVAC system. On the other hand, if air quality is a priority due to health reasons, you might consider investing in duct cleaning often enough to prevent allergic reactions.
You may find it necessary to have your ducts cleaned once you conduct a visual inspection of your air ducts, or have an HVAC technician do it for you. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends cleaning the ducts if and when:
- You find evidence of suspicious growth, or a musty odor.
- You see a visible “poof” of dust released from the supply registers. If you see a cloud of dust when air is expelled from the ducts, or black debris is around the air vent register, these are usually signs that your air duct needs cleaning.
- Looking inside the system when you change filters might help you get a better idea of how dusty they are. If there is extensive buildup, definitely get professionals to clean them up.
- There are unwanted guests inside the ducts. Perhaps some buzzing or scratching noises are coming from inside, or even seen some pests entering and exiting the ducts.
In any case, SERVPRO of Alexandria is more than willing to help out the community of Central Louisiana. If you have any questions regarding our process, please feel free to check out our blogs on the subject:
If you have any questions regarding duct cleaning, we are happy to answer them. You may contact our offices at (318) 427-7511. SERVPRO of Alexandria is an emergency service company open 24/7.
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