Let’s talk about air ducts. Specifically, let’s talk about cleaning them.
Clean air ducts will improve air quality in your home, which we can all agree is a good thing.
Contrary to popular belief, having dirty air ducts won’t affect the performance of your furnace (that would be the filter), but good air quality is right up there with lower energy bills in terms of awesomeness.
There are two main scenarios where it is recommended that you have your air ducts cleaned by a qualified professional.
First Scenario: After you’ve had renovations performed in your home.
Renovations almost always produce sheetrock dust and various other debris. This debris makes its way into the house’s air ducts. Once renovations have been completed, the air ducts in a house should be professionally cleaned. This applies regardless of the last time the air ducts were cleaned. This is because the debris will continually blow back into your home until it is removed.
Second Scenario: When you move into a previously occupied home and are not sure how often the former owners had the air ducts cleaned.
Having the air ducts cleaned when you move into a previously occupied home is particularly important if the previous tenants owned any shedding pets. All that free-flowing fur inevitably finds its way into the air ducts.
Cleaning the air ducts when you take possession of a house will also ensure that you know exactly when they were cleaned last. This means you can use that as a starting point to establish a regular schedule to have them cleaned.
Now, outside of these two scenarios, it’s only recommended to have your ducts cleaned once every several years. Whether that means once every five years or seven years or so on depends largely on your living conditions. People with shedding pets will need theirs cleaned more often than people who don’t have shedding pets, for example.
Now, furnace maintenance is a whole other hockey game.
Unlike air ducts, you should call in a professional to give your furnace a tune up every single year. The best time for annual maintenance is in the fall – just before the furnace starts getting used significantly.
An annual tune up will maximize your furnace’s efficiency, reliability and safety and could help to prolong its life.
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