Redlands area homeowners likely have questions when it comes to ductwork cleaning. Should you have the ducts in your home cleaned? How often is it necessary? The technicians at Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating explain more about this popular indoor air quality service.

Should Your Ducts Be Cleaned?

As time goes on, dirt, dust, and other debris cycle fall out of suspension, coming to rest and accumulating within the ducts throughout your home. Deposits can grow, causing blockages and restricting air movement through the duct system. These particles can also recirculate back into the home’s living areas, irritating sensitive family members.

Air duct cleaning can reduce airborne particulates by about 75 percent. The removal of this matter from your air ducts and your home can improve indoor air quality and the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Who Needs Professional Duct Cleaning Services?

According to the National Association of Air Duct Cleaners (NADCA), duct cleaning is recommended in these scenarios:

  • There is visible mold growth found in your furnace or air conditioner. Mold can spread from equipment into air ducts as air circulates.
  • Your home is new construction or recently underwent major renovations. The construction process creates a lot of dust, which can make its way into uncovered duct vents. These materials may also be harmful to breathe.
  • Your house is excessively dusty. If you clean frequently yet dust seems to pile up no matter what you do, your ducts could be the issue. Dust and dirt deposits inside ductwork may be blowing back into your living areas.
  • Your heating and cooling costs have steadily increased. By restricting air movement, dirt inside ducts force heating and cooling system equipment to use more energy to move heated or cooled air into the home’s living areas.

If your home has high levels of air pollutants caused by shedding pets or smokers, for example, you may also want to have air duct cleaning performed regularly. Homes with allergy sufferers may also undergo this HVAC system service to remove allergy triggers from the home environment.

How Frequently Should Ducts Be Cleaned?

Duct cleaning professionals recommend ductwork cleaning right away if any of the above situations apply in your house. To maintain clean air ducts, it is recommended to have this service performed every three to five years.

How Are Ducts Cleaned?

To perform air duct cleaning, multiple methods are used. First the system is placed under negative pressure using a vacuum, which may be portable and brought into the house or on a truck and connected to the air ducts using a long hose. These vacuums are self contained to keep dirt and debris out of the living areas. As the vacuum pulls air through the air ducts, special brushes and tools are used to safely dislodge debris stuck to interior duct walls. Once loosened, debris travels to the vacuum and is removed from the home. Antimicrobial treatment may also be applied if mold has been an issue inside the duct system.

Air Duct Cleaning from Sanborn’s

Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating performs air duct cleaning for homes throughout Redlands and the Inland Empire. Schedule duct cleaning service when you call us today!