You’ve probably seen your neighbors getting their HVAC air ducts cleaned, or maybe a friend or family member has told you about it. Many homeowners find themselves wondering when to have this service performed. At Arthur Hagar Air Conditioning and Heating in Fort Worth, we’ve provided industry-leading heating and cooling services to homeowners like yourself for more than 65 years, and we understand that getting your HVAC ducts cleaned is an important part of HVAC maintenance.
For the best indoor air quality, it’s recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) to have your ducts cleaned as frequently as every three to five years. While this is a good rule of thumb to follow, there are situations which might require more frequent cleanings. Today, we’ll take a look at some of these situations.
New Home Ownership
If you’re purchasing a new home, it’s a wise idea to get the ducts cleaned prior to moving in. It’s possible that the prior owner hasn’t had it done in a while and, if they had pets in the home, there may be years of pet hair and dander built up in the ducts. Aside from adhering to a regular maintenance schedule, there’s no better way to ensure the efficient operation of your heating and cooling system. By cleaning the HVAC ducts in your new home, you can rest assured that you’ve got clean air quality right off the bat.
Known Air Contamination
One of the most devastating things to happen in a home is water damage. Aside from having the potential to cause serious damage to the floors and walls, it can also create an environment in which mold thrives. To make matters worse, if you live in an older house, there is a potential for asbestos and lead contamination from the demo work that ensues. If your home has been exposed to excessive water, or you know of other contaminants that have entered the home, be sure to schedule duct cleaning as soon as possible.
In our great state of Texas, we have weather that can often be hot and humid. This weather provides the perfect setting for pest infestations around your home, and anything from mice to termites and wasps can make their way into your HVAC ductwork. If you see live pests or rodents entering or exiting your home’s ductwork, you can be sure of an infestation. Likewise, if you notice dead pests around the heating and cooling vents in your home, the chances are high that they came from the ductwork and it might be time to request a cleaning.
Have you recently had the flooring replaced in your home? Perhaps you’ve finally finished your basement? We all know that demo and construction is dirty work, but it might surprise you just how much dust can be generated by activities like hanging drywall, laying wood floors, and replacing carpet. Even with the use of containment barriers, this dust can easily enter your house’s ducts, especially if your air conditioning or heat was running during the course of the renovations. Once your work is complete, your air quality will benefit from HVAC duct cleaning.
Cleaning your HVAC ducts is a very important step in HVAC maintenance in order to reduce allergens and other irritants and promote efficient operation of your system. To learn more about local HVAC service in the Fort Worth area, contact Arthur Hagar! In our next article, we’ll review a few of the benefits of routine AC maintenance. Stay tuned!