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Why You Should Clean Your Home’s Air Ducts

Why You Should Clean Your Home’s Air Ducts

Air ducts can quickly accumulate dust, pollen, and even contain microbiological growth.

When was the last time you cleaned your home’s air ducts? When they are cleaned, professionals will clean all the various components of your heating and cooling system, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, drip pans, the fan motor and housing, and the air handling unit housing. If all these working parts aren’t well maintained, they will become contaminated with dust, pollen, and even microbiological growth. Residential air duct cleaning is, overall, an essential function in maintaining the performance of your HVAC system.  

Air Quality

Think of your heating and cooling system as a living and breathing network of components. As you move in and out of your home, you inadvertently introduce air pollutants like dust and other chemicals to the air inside your home. On average, these elements are pulled into your HVAC system and recirculated through your home about seven times a day. This constant recirculation overtime causes build up. Cleaning the air ducts regularly will help ensure that the air quality in your home is as clear as possible, by lessening the number of contaminants being circulated.  

Energy Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that on average, up to 40 percent of energy used for the heating and cooling of residential dwellings is wasted. Dirty air ducts and HVAC systems have to work harder to operate efficiently, leading to a waste of energy in keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. Clean air ducts don’t have to work as hard to maintain temperature and therefore, use less energy.


Take some of these measures to prevent duct contamination in your home. Be sure to use a high-efficiency air filter and change them regularly. If you notice that your filters are becoming clogged, change them more frequently. When doing maintenance for other reasons, add cleaning to the checklist. In addition, ensure that your air ducts don’t get wet by promptly repairing any leaks or water damage, and monitor the condition of your cooling coils as moisture in the duct system fosters mold growth.   

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