Duct Tales: Keeping Air Ducts Clean
This week’s blog post has everything you need to know about the air ducts in your home. Air ducts help your HVAC unit run smoothly and keep the air in your home clean.
So, what can you do as a homeowner to keep your air ducts clean?
The most important thing you can do to keep your air ducts clean is to change your air filter regularly. A good reminder is to change your air filter every three months. If you have pets, you should change your filter more often. We recommend changing your air filter every two months if you have pets. Pet hair can clog your ducts and cause your filter to get dirty faster. Whenever you see your filter is dirty, it’s important to change it.
A dirty air filter can cause numerous problems. First, a dirty air filter causes the air flow to slow, which can cause HVAC efficiency problems or a possible breakdown. This wastes energy too! The truth about a dirty air filter is that it allows dirt and debris to build up in your air ducts and this can cause a total system failure.
It’s important to look in your air ducts to see if you need them cleaned. Problems to look for include:
- Pet hair buildup
- Dust buildup
- Any signs of pest or rodents
If you decide that your ducts need cleaning based off of the problems above, you should know that the average cleaning costs around $400. A ductwork cleaning takes around four to five hours to complete. If you’re having HVAC troubles, it may not be a problem with your unit, it could all be in your ductwork. You may not need a furnace repair at all it could just be issues with your ducts.