by Karen Bates
(last updated August 18, 2014)
When it comes to keeping things clean, we mostly pay attention to how an area looks overall. If we don't see obvious dirt, dust, or debris, then we probably won't worry about cleaning the area right away. But what about the places in your home that you don't see? Even if you think these hidden places don't need to be cleaned, you may be surprised to learn that the dirt build-up could affect your health, among other things.
The air ducts in your home are one place that you probably don't think to clean. After all, the ducts are usually pretty hidden, and you are unlikely to notice them even if there is a mess in there. Because dirt, dust, and build-up can get stuck in the ducts over time, these contaminants can be released into the air in your home, potentially causing allergies, asthma flare-ups, or other adverse effects. Dirty ducts can also lower the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning system, an issue that could be costing you money without you even realizing it.
Instead of allowing these particles to enter the air your breathe every day, it is a great idea to have your ducts checked and cleaned periodically by a duct cleaning service. How often you will need the ducts cleaned varies from house to house, but if you know it's been a few years or you think that particles in the air might be causing health problems to your family, it's probably time to have the ducts looked at.
A duct cleaning service will send technicians to your home to inspect and clean your air ducts. This might involve using lights or a camera to check out the build up, then agitating and vacuuming the debris out of the ducts if the technician sees a problematic amount of build-up. The result is clean ducts in your home that are free of debris, dust, dirt, and contaminants that can hurt your health and harm your heating and cooling system effectiveness.
You probably won't need to have your ducts checked or cleaned too often, don't let build-up become a problem. Plan on having the ducts checked at least every few years to catch potential problems before they get out of hand. This way, you will know if the ducts need cleaning right away of if you can wait to have them cleaned later on.
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