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When should you have your ducts cleaned?

Your home’s ducts are the pathway for all the air that you’re taking in. In fact, your ducts can be equated to the lungs of your home. Along with taking in and distributing air throughout your home, they are also trapping pollutants. Things like pet dander, pollen and dust all move through your ducts and will find their way into the air you’re inhaling. This is why pro duct cleaning is so important. So how do you know when you should have your ducts cleaned?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association advises that you get your air ducts cleaned every 3–5 years, depending on your environment. There are many factors the team at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. considers when debating when to have your ducts cleaned based on the circumstances in Elmhurst. Everyday life produces contaminants like dust, chemicals and pet dander. There are also climate factors to take into account along with any recent home renovations. Also, looking at if anyone in your home is suffering from allergies or asthma is important, as pollutants in your indoor air can intensify these conditions. The air in your home’s system is typically recirculated 5–7 times a day, with that many more opportunities for pollutants to fester inside your duct work.

The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a few recommendations about when it’s time to schedule a duct cleaning: if you suspect or know you have seen mold inside your ducts, if you’ve noticed a vermin infestation or spot rodents exiting or entering your ductwork, or if you see visible proof of dust from your air register. The experts at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. would be happy to talk you through all of these factors and support you through the process to see if you could profit from a duct cleaning.

Although the name suggests it, a duct cleaning doesn’t just clean your ducts. A qualified duct cleaning cleans every piece of your system that air passes through. A clean system doesn’t have to operate as hard to keep up with your thermostat. You’ll use less energy and cause less wear and tear on your system.

If anyone in your home is suffering from the allergies hanging around in Elmhurst or you’ve detected any of the warning signs in your duct work, it’s time to start thinking about duct cleaning. The team at Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. is always available to answer any questions you have, simply give us a call at 630-833-1100 or you can arrange an appointment with us online.