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Duct Cleaning: Is it Worth it?

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

Annoying calls from telemarketers pitching their latest duct cleaning services have become an all-too-familiar nuisance. We roll our eyes and dismiss their persistent claims as just another sales pitch. Yet little do we realize that behind these intrusive calls lies a crucial aspect of home maintenance that often goes ignored. While hidden from plain sight, ductwork plays a crucial role in circulating air throughout your home and having it cleaned can significantly impact the well-being of your loved ones.

Duct cleaning serviceman with his duct cleaning machine

1. Enhancing Indoor Air Quality Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air? Over time, dust, allergens, pet dander, mold spores, and other impurities can accumulate within your home's ductwork. These circulate through your home every time your HVAC system operates, compromising the quality of the air you breathe. By having your ductwork cleaned regularly, you can minimize the presence of these harmful particles, improving indoor air quality dramatically.

Button with a green thumbs up for air quality.

2. Reducing Allergies and Respiratory Problems

For individuals with allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma, the presence of airborne allergens can be particularly problematic. Dirty ductwork acts as a breeding ground for allergens such as dust mites, aggravating these conditions and triggering symptoms. Regular duct cleaning helps remove these allergens, reducing the potential for allergic reactions and respiratory issues.

Close up of dust mites.

3. Improving HVAC System Efficiency When dust and debris accumulate within your ductwork, it hinders the efficiency of your HVAC. As airflow becomes restricted, your HVAC system must work harder leading to increased energy consumption and higher utility bills. By cleaning your home's ductwork, you remove obstructions and allow the system to operate more efficiently. This not only improves your home's energy efficiency but can also prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system, saving you money in the long run.

4. Preventing Mold Growth and Odours Moisture is one of the primary culprits for mold growth in your home's ductwork. When dust and debris combine with humidity, it creates an environment for mold spores to thrive. As air circulates through the ducts, these spores can spread throughout your home, potentially causing health issues and spreading odours. Regular duct cleaning helps eliminate existing mold and prevents its future growth.

Mold in a home's duct work.

5. Enhancing Overall Comfort The bottom line is that clean ductwork promotes better, cleaner air circulation throughout your home. By investing in duct cleaning, you can create a more comfortable living space where temperature variations are minimized and the overall air quality is increased creating a healthier environment for you and your loved ones.

Dad, kids and dog relaxing at home.

While often neglected, the importance of having your home's ductwork cleaned cannot be overemphasized. By prioritizing regular duct cleaning - on average every 2 to 3 years, but more frequently in homes with individuals with allergies or pets - you can enjoy a multitude of benefits including improved air quality, reduced allergies and respiratory issues, enhanced energy efficiency, mold prevention, and overall comfort. Remember, maintaining a clean and healthy home involves addressing both the visible and hidden areas. So, give your ductwork the attention it deserves and breathe easier in your home.

If it's time to have your home's ductwork cleaned or you’re not sure give us a call or send us an email. We’ll help you figure it out and if it is time, we’ll make sure it gets done right.

Dave Slater, Co-Founder HomeBert


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