Your air ducts play an important role in your home’s air quality. However, if you’re not an HVAC technician, it may be challenging to figure out the right time to maintain them. With this handy guide, you’ll not only learn how to take care of your air ducts, but you’ll learn what they are, their importance to the HVAC world and how maintaining them can benefit your health.
What You Should Know About Air Ducts
#1: What is an air duct?
An air duct is a metal pipe that carries cold and hot air through the vents within your home.
#2: Why should you care about your air ducts?
Inefficient air ducts, such as those that leak, can heavily waste energy. If pollutants like mold, dust, and bacteria build up within them, they can irritate allergies, cause respiratory issues, and bring about other health concerns.
- Up to 40 pounds of dust can collect in your home annually
- The debris collected in your ductwork can circulate up to 5 to 7 times a day in your home
- 70% of indoor air is more polluted than air from the outdoors
Air Duct Maintenance
#3: How do you know when it’s time to maintain your air ducts?
- If your furnace runs with a “musty” or “stale” odor
- Dust builds up on your furniture quicker than usual
- You have pets, especially those that shed a lot
- Your HVAC system uses a throw-away filter
#4: How often should you clean your air ducts?
- Air ducts should be cleaned every 2 to 5 years
#5: What does the process look like?
- A system inspection (including a look at your air ducts)
- A hose and pipe combination is connected to your system
- Vents are completely covered
- The system is vacuumed until debris-free
- Compressed air is flushed through system
- Parts within reach will be cleaned
Cleaning your air ducts is important to the cleanliness of your home and most importantly, your health. Keep them maintained by the technicians that know your air ducts best.