If you or your family have noticed an increase in allergies, throat irritation, or difficulty breathing, the culprit may be poor indoor air quality caused by an excess of dust and mold in the air ducts of your home. Your air ducts are an integral part of your HVAC system and help to move cool or warm air throughout your home. If your air ducts are not kept clean, they may become clogged with dust mites and other allergens, making it difficult to breathe. The only way to remedy this is with a professional duct cleaning.
Before scheduling your duct cleaning, check out this list of frequently asked questions from the duct sanitizing experts at Air Duct Professionals in New York, NY.
1. What Is Done During a Duct Cleaning?
When you hire a professional to clean your air ducts, they will perform a deep cleaning of your duct work and the inner components of your HVAC system. This cleaning will remove dirt, mold, dust mites, and any other debris that may have become caught in your air ducts. The team you hire may also replace certain components of your system, including the air filter.
2. How Often Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?
Ideally, your air ducts should be cleaned every two to three years. However, there are certain instances where a cleaning may be needed sooner. Schedule a cleaning as soon as possible if you experience an uptick in dust and allergens in your home that is not improved by changing your HVAC filters, or anytime there is visible water damage near the grilles or registers.
3. Who Can Clean My Air Ducts?
Some HVAC companies offer duct cleaning services, but these services may cost more than your usual maintenance. If your HVAC service does not offer duct cleaning, you can hire a cleaning company that specializes in sanitizing duct work.
4. What Can I Do to Minimize the Need for Duct Cleaning?
Airduct Routine cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC unit and home can minimize the need for duct cleaning. Change your filters every three months and wipe down surfaces in your home at least twice a week to cut back on dust and mold.