The air ducts and vents in your home have a major impact on the quality of the air you breathe inside. While they are constructed using a material that is designed to discourage buildups of dust, dirt or debris, eventually the time will come when it is beneficial for your health and air quality to have your ducts professionally cleaned. The question then becomes, how often do the ducts require cleaning? Since every house is different, there is no concrete timeline to follow for scheduling a duct cleaning. Fortunately, there are plenty of signs and guidelines to follow when it comes to determining how often you need to have your ducts cleaned.
Signs it is Time to Clean
Air quality in your home has a major impact on the health of every occupant. If dirt and dust are allowed to build up unchecked over time in the air ducts, this can lead to illnesses and breathing issues which may have otherwise been avoided. Try keeping an eye out for the following signs that you need your ducts cleaned:
- Accumulated dirt and dust around your air vents and cold air returns
- Animal droppings visible in the ducts
- Insects found crawling in and around vent openings and inside ducts
- Home occupants with respiratory issues experiencing worsened symptoms (frequent coughing, shortness of breath, etc)
- Mouldy or foul odour present when air is moving through the ventilation
In most cases, it is best to have your ducts cleaned every three to five years, regardless of whether or not you have seen any of the signs described above. Even the cleanest houses will experience an increase in dust and debris inside the air ducts over time, and it is best to stay on top of that issue before any lasting health problems occur. Simply changing your furnace filter will eventually not do enough to keep your air ducts clean. If it has been more than five years since you can remember getting your ducts cleaned, be sure to contact our team at Lillie Family Heating to assess the status of your ducts.
Benefits of Duct Cleaning
Not only will you notice a marked improvement in the air quality in your home, but there will also be other benefits that come with a thorough duct cleaning. Whether you are running your air conditioner or your heat, clean ducts will make air flow a lot easier, meaning the actual heating or cooling appliances won’t have to work as hard to efficiently circulate air throughout your home. This means lower energy bills and less chance your furnace or A/C will require untimely repairs in the near future.
At Lillie Family Heating, we have all the necessary equipment, knowledge and skills to ensure your ducts get completely cleaned from top to bottom. We are available to service homes in Vancouver, Kelowna and throughout the lower mainland, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you think it may be time to have your ducts cleaned.