“Spring cleaning” can mean many different things to many different people: often it’s not about cleaning a home but taking the time to organize other parts of your life, such as finances or a schedule of interests outside of your job. But it’s always a good idea to use “spring cleaning” as a reminder of regular tasks in the house that need to be taken care of. One of these is scheduling professional cleaning for your air ducts.
Is air duct cleaning necessary every year?
No, it’s rarely required for a home to have professional duct cleaning annually. The ducts take at least a year to start to accumulate a thin layer of dust, and it won’t be until 3 to 5 years pass that the ductwork will have enough dust, lint, and other debris built-up along the walls to make professional cleaning a wise idea.
Are there ways to tell if I definitely need duct cleaning?
If your HVAC system needs cleaning, there will already be some signs of it around the house: dust building up faster along surfaces, higher heating and cooling bills, and the filter of the HVAC system clogging up so fast that it needs to be changed every month.
But to get a solid idea about the state of your ducts, do this: Unscrew the grate from over one of the household vents, then reach down inside and snap a picture using a digital camera or phone. Look at the image. If it looks like the debris you might find clogging a car air filter, then the ducts are definitely due for professional cleaning.
Is this really a beneficial service?
It is if professionals do it. The thorough cleaning that HVAC technicians with the best equipment can provide will allow your whole ventilation system “breathe” clearer. This means lowered air conditioning and heating bills, reduced repair problems, and better indoor air quality.
Ready to schedule air duct cleaning for your home in Evanston, IL? Just call on Malek Heating & Cooling.