How Often Should You Clean Your HVAC Ducts?

Do you know what is hiding in the HVAC ducts in your home? If it has been a few years since your last duct cleaning, it could be a collection of dirt and other debris. Dirty ducts can affect your air quality and the health of your family. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning your air ducts, from frequency to signs it is time to schedule a cleaning now.

What is in Your Air Ducts?

If your air ducts are properly sealed and your humidity is low, your air ducts most likely stay clean longer with just a little dust collecting inside. However, most ducts are located in areas where they may be infiltrated by pests, which can lead to problems. Not only can pests like rodents create cracks or leaks in your duct work, they may be defecating and urinating in your ducts; holes they create can allow in other pests that may live and die in your ductwork. And if your home has high humidity, mold could be growing inside your ducts.

When Should You Clean Your Ducts?

For well-sealed ductwork without mold problems, cleaning will only need to be done every 3-5 years. But if you have signs of dirty ducts, you should schedule an inspection and cleaning sooner. These can include:

  • Duct vents are frequently dirty
  • There are bad odors emitted from your air ducts
  • You have a mold problem in your home
  • Those with dust and other air allergies are having more pronounced symptoms when in your home

Cleaning you air ducts as needed can help keep your home healthy. Make sure to have your ducts inspected during your annual HVAC service and professionally cleaned every few years.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

Troubleshooting Why Your Second Floor is Difficult to Cool or Heat

If you own a two-story home, managing temperatures through both levels can be tricky. If you find your upstairs is often warmer or cooler than the main level, it can be frustrating to find the problem. Not only can this impact comfort levels, it is likely affecting your heating and cooling costs. Here a few troubleshooting tips to find the issue and resolve unbalanced climate control on your second floor.

Attic Insulation

Inadequate attic insulation can be a factor for controlling temperatures on your second floor. Poor insulation can allow heated or cooled air to escape; it can also allow too much outside air in. Check your insulation in your attic – you may need to add more or use better quality insulation to manage indoor temps.

Tune-Up Your HVAC System

Dirty filters and other maintenance issues can affect the performance of your furnace and air conditioner. Make sure your HVAC system is up-to-date on all maintenance.

Leaky Duct Work

The ducts that carry air upstairs need to be properly sealed to control temperatures. Have your ductwork inspected to make sure there are no leaks that are impacting the climate control on your second level of your home.

Check Windows

The windows on the upstairs level can impacting temperatures. Quality, insulated windows can help control temperatures – so can using window dressings to limit sunshine adding heat to your upstairs.

Heat does rise, and it can be more difficult to manage air temps in the second level of your home. However, there are ways to manage climate control and keep heating and cooling costs low. Schedule a tune-up and inspection of your HVAC system to determine if there are any problems that are contributing to your second story climate control issues.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

Do you know what is inside your air ducts? You should. The air you breathe is affected by the ducts that transport the air throughout your home. If there is mold, dust or other harmful debris in your ducts, it can affect the air quality in your home. Cleaning out your ducts helps protect the air quality and the health of your family. The question is, how often should you have your air ducts cleaned?

The answer is not as simple as it may seem. Depending on your HVAC system and where you live, this can vary. A well-sealed duct system in a mild climate may stay clean easily. A wet climate can be more likely to grow mold in the duct system, while a dusty area may be more difficult to keep ducts clean. However, all ducts should be cleaned and maintained.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends homeowners get their air ducts cleaned every three to five years. This is an average; your home may need it more often, like once every year or two. Or, you may not need them cleaned for six or seven years. The best way to know for sure is to have your air ducts inspected. Many HVAC service companies can inspect the interior of your air ducts using digital video cameras. This can be done as part of your annual service, giving you an inside view of what is hiding in your air ducts.

Out of sight should not mean out-of-mind when it comes to your air ducts. Make sure your ducts are kept clean with regularly professional cleanings by your local HVAC service.

Posted on behalf of:
Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426