With most regular home maintenance tasks like mowing the grass, cleaning the carpets, or cleaning the windows, you can easily tell when those things need to happen. The signs are much less obvious for things like air duct cleaning, unless there’s a big problem. However, regularly maintaining your air ducts by cleaning them at least every 3 to 5 years is critical to your indoor air quality and the well-being of your HVAC system.
If it’s been a while since your last duct cleaning, or you’ve recently had some remodeling done inside your home, you’ll want to schedule an appointment soon. In addition, if you feel that your home is unusually dusty or always has a stale, stagnant smell, duct cleaning could help. Dust and debris that’s piled up in your ductwork could be contributing to problems with allergies or asthma in your household. In addition, that dust and debris has the potential to trap moisture, which could lead to a mold or mildew problem.
Can I clean my own air ducts?
In your home, you can certainly clean out your registers and vents with a vacuum cleaner twice per year to help keep your HVAC and air duct system clean. However, this method will not be able to provide the same kind of deep-cleaning that a professional company can. Even if you choose to tackle some of the cleaning on your own, you should still make an appointment with a professional every few years for a deep clean.
How do I find a professional to clean my air ducts?
Look for a professional who is a certified member of the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association). You should also ask for proof of insurance. Lastly, you’ll want the professional to explain the process he or she will use to clean your system.
At Jennings Heating and Cooling, we partner with a trusted third-party company to handle your duct cleaning needs. We only partner with certified professionals who we know will get the job done right.
What happens during a professional air duct cleaning?
There are many steps to a professional air duct cleaning. But before starting anything, make sure your technician performs a basic check of your HVAC system to ensure it’s working properly. With the use of various high-pressure pneumatic air tools, our third-party company cleans every square inch of each individual duct from the inside. They draw the debris from each branch duct into the main trunk line, and finally into their vacuum hose. They utilize the proper tools to clean all shapes and sizes of ductwork, including flexible ducting.
Before leaving, your service person will conduct an inspection of your system and alert you of any problems. He or she will also make sure the system is fully operational after the cleaning.
Clearly, this is a lot of work that you likely do not have the tools necessary to tackle. If you are overdue for a duct cleaning, contact Jennings Heating and Cooling to request an appointment!