When Do I Need to Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Whether you rely on your air ducts every day or turn your heating and air system off intermittently, ductwork will need occasional cleaning. Air filters do not always reduce the risk of mold. If you notice any signs of allergens or your service technician recommends a cleaning, consider professional services.

Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Here are some of the most common signs you need to invest in air duct cleaning services:

You’ve Just Moved In

During your new home inspection, ask an HVAC professional to inspect the air ducts for allergens, debris, and mold. If the previous homeowner had not cleaned the ducts in the last few years, invest in professional cleaning before you move. Consider professional cleaning after new construction and major renovation work, too.

You Notice Mold in the Vents or Ducts

Smelling or seeing mold inside your AC system is a red flag. Always ask a service technician to show you where he or she claims to see mold. Then, invest in professional services to ensure the removal/treatment of all mold. Homeowners may also want to consider prevention measures.

You’ve Had Problems with Insects or Rodents

Mice, cockroaches, and other vermin offer a new set of health concerns. If they access ductwork, contaminants in droppings may aerosolize and cause illness.

You Notice Debris in Air Ducts

Some spaces are naturally dustier than others are. If you or a service technician notices significant buildup in the ductwork, verify the problem and invest in professional cleaning services.

The House Tests Positive for Asbestos or Lead

If your home contains lead or asbestos, make sure remediation services consider the HVAC system as well as the visible interior/exterior environment.

For a simple at-home inspection, use a screwdriver to remove the vent covers in each room. Use a flashlight to look into the vents. Keep an eye out for black substances on the walls, debris, and signs of infestations (dead bugs, fur, and droppings). If you notice anything unusual, contact a professional for further assistance.

How Often Do Ducts Need Cleaning?

Many homeowners need cleaning services a minimum of once every three to five years. You may want to invest in more frequent ductwork cleanings if you have unique allergen concerns. Under typical circumstances, homeowners clean air ducts on an as-needed basis. During your yearly tune-up, ask the service technician to assess the health of your air ducts and to point out any concerns so you can decide if air duct cleaning makes sense.

Can I Clean my Air Ducts Myself?

If you choose to clean your air ducts on your own, you may clean out visible dust and debris near the air vents, but fail to address concerns deeper within the ductwork. Professional cleaning involves equipment designed to clean all of the air ducts for your peace of mind. The service provider should offer to clean the entire HVAC system, present customers with industry credentials, and provide a reasonable price point.

If you need your air ducts cleaned, contact the experts at Canoga Park Heating & Air Conditioning.