As a homeowner, there’s a variety of maintenance tasks that should be on your to-do list but probably aren’t. We can almost guarantee duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning aren’t on your to-do list. Both these tasks are often neglected and overlooked by homeowners because they just can’t see them when they go about taking care of their home.
Why Clean Air Ducts?
Every homeowner should have their air ducts cleaned because of health threatening organisms that breed in your duct system. Mildew, fungi, mold, and other bacteria live and breed within the system which is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed indoor air pollution as one of the top five health risks to homeowners.
One of the reasons air duct cleaning gets neglected is that homeowners can’t see the effect poor air quality has on them. Your duct system can’t be vacuumed or dusted like the rest of your home. Over time, the debris, grime, and build up continues to interfere with your indoor air quality, blowing through your home when your HVAC system is running. If you suffer from allergies, reducing the amount of dust particles and debris in the air is essential to helping relieve allergy symptoms.
Why You Should Clean Your Air Ducts
Angie’s List experts and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) agree that air ducts should be cleaned but there’s no set rule on how often it should be done. The need for air duct cleaning relies often on specific events, such as the owning pets, smoking, renovation work and weather conditions like smog or pollution.
If you doubt whether you should invest in cleaning your air ducts, open up one of your air vents in your home and take a look inside. You might be surprised by what you see. If your home’s air duct system has never been cleaned before, a look inside is sure to convince you to have your system cleaned by a professional.
How Often Should You Clean Air Ducts?
According to Buck Sheppard, President of the NADCA, homeowners should have their air ducts cleaned every three to five years or because of the conditions listed above.
Dryer Vents Need to Be Cleaned, Too
Another area neglected in homes on maintenance lists are cleaning your dryer vents. Dirty dryer vents make your dryer less efficient, which can lead to overheating and potentially a fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates about 16,000 dryer fires a year.
When having your dryer vents cleaned, have professionals check the type of flex connector you’re using. Many homes use a plastic flex connector, which is a fire hazard especially when your dryer vents have never been cleaned. You should have your dryer vents cleaned once a year for efficiency and safety. Ask your HVAC professionals about the proper type of flex connector to use in your home and have them install one if necessary.
Avoiding Air Duct Cleaning Scams
By trusting a professional like Front Range HVAC with your air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning needs, you’ll avoid being scammed by unscrupulous contractors looking to make a quick buck. Contact us today to schedule an air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning.