How often should I clean my air ducts?

August 8th, 2021

Having clean air ducts is essential to your quality of life and the health of your entire family. It can be difficult to judge the quality of your indoor air and we don’t always know what influences it. One question that comes up regularly is how often to clean the air ducts. The following blog post will attempt to answer this question so that you can breathe the cleanest indoor air possible.

When to clean

If we are talking about forced air heating systems that are connected to furnaces, it is recommended to have the ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years maximum. he same frequency applies to air exchanger ducts. Proper cleaning will help maintain optimum air quality while keeping the unit operating at full efficiency. However, there are various factors that could reduce the time between cleaning. The number of occupants in your home influences the frequency of cleaning, the more people you have living with you, the more often you need to clean. The same is true if you have pets. On the kitchen side, if you don’t have a ventilation hood you will need to have your air ducts cleaned more often. Finally, if you or a member of your family has a smoking habit, this is also a factor that significantly reduces the time between cleaning.

In addition to these day-to-day aspects, there are certain events that should prompt you to have your air ducts cleaned. For example, major renovations that may have generated a large amount of dust. It goes without saying that a thorough cleaning is required as soon as the work is completed.

As for bathroom vents and kitchen hoods, they don’t need to be cleaned as often and their appearance is a good indicator of what’s inside the ducts and whether or not they need to be cleaned.

Cleaning the ducts

There are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of dust that accumulates when the ducts open. For example, you can remove the grills and run the hose of your vacuum cleaner over the duct opening. Of course, this type of cleaning is not complete. To effectively clean all return and supply air ducts, you need to rely on professionals who have the equipment to do the job.

If you have any doubts about the cleanliness of your air ducts, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals. They will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a quote that meets your needs. The quality of your indoor air requires regular maintenance of your air ducts. Your health and that of your family are at stake.