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When Is Duct Cleaning Needed?

When Is Duct Cleaning Needed?
The necessity of cleaning your home’s air ducts has always been a controversial topic in the subject of maintaining your air conditioning system. Some prefer an out of sight, out of mind approach while others are more vigilant, opting for the suggested every three to five years mark.
Personal preference, regular maintenance, and cleaning of the other HVAC system components, and your individual situation all play a part in gauging the need to clean your air ducts. Even if you are not a fan of air duct cleaning just to be on the safe side, there are legitimate situations where it is very appropriate and helpful.

New Homes And Renovations
If you are moving into a newly built home, or simply changing homes to one with existing ductwork, duct cleaning is rarely a bad idea. In the case of new homes, ductwork can sometimes be installed earlier in the process than you expect. This means dust, debris, and various items used in construction can build up in your new ductwork and be circulated around your home for months. Moving into a previously occupied home has its own challenges, as the former owners may never have had ductwork cleaning even in decades. Avoid any nasty surprises by both inquiring before purchasing the home, and scheduling a cleaning. Lastly, depending on the type of renovation ductwork cleaning may also be indicated, particularly if the ducts were not blocked off during the renovation process.

Mold And Pest Problems
Mold, mildew, and other smelly problems that have found their way into your ductwork is a reason to consider immediate ductwork cleaning. These problems will not go away on their own and can simply spread the contaminants around your home. Off-putting smells coming from your ductwork should always be investigated to determine the source of problems. Pests that have infested ductwork is another situation that requires immediate attention. Insect and rodent infestations can cause damage and rodents especially can create leaky holes that cost you money. This is all in addition to the health concerns caused by circulating the germs and allergens associated with their droppings and nesting materials.

Health And Allergens
Not all homeowners will experience a pressing problem that requires definite duct cleaning. Some will opt for duct cleaning due to individual circumstances of their family or frequent visitors. For those who suffer from severe allergies or respiratory problems, a duct cleaning may be helpful in limiting the total amount of allergens or aggravating particles within your home. Pet owners or pet breeders with heavy shedding breeds or dusty birds may also benefit if you find a build-up of pet hair blowing out of your vents.

Deciding whether or not to pay for air duct cleaning doesn’t have to be a difficult decision. Bear in mind that duct cleaning is typically performed only once every three to five years and is reasonably priced compared to more frequent HVAC services. Ultimately the choice of investing in this optional service will be up to you. Weighing the benefits and your personal household or business needs should be all that is needed to come to a decision. For duct cleaning and any other HVAC servicing needs, please contact East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.

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