Periodically cleaning air ducts is important to keep your home clean and its inhabitants healthy. The air in your home circulates about five or so times every day. Each time it passes through the vents, the air deposits some of the debris and dust it carries in your vents. These harmful materials accumulate in your vents, and when you turn the heating/cooling on, they circulate. Breathing them in can cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and more. You should schedule some air duct cleaning as the winters arrive. Here are some FAQs about the process.

Why Is This Important?

Clearing out the dust from your air ducts keeps your home clean and limits your exposure to harmful materials. Besides that, as debris continues to build up in your ducts, your HVAC system needs to work harder to perform the same function. Cleaning your ducts will improve your system’s efficiency, which will reduce your utility bills and increase the system’s lifespan.

How Long Does It Take?

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The answer to this question depends on multiple variables. These variables include, but aren’t limited to, the size of your home, time since past cleaning, amount of buildup, and kind of ductwork. A contractor will need to evaluate these variables before giving you an estimated time.

How Often Should I Do It?

Like the previous question, this also depends on the context. Generally, the buildup rate will be higher in homes with greater contaminants. For instance, if people in your home smoke, you’ll need duct cleaning sooner than a non-smoker house. Dander can also accumulate in your vents, so if you have pets in your home, you’ll need your vents cleaned more often.

What Do I Look for In a Contractor?

If a business is advertising cheap home cleaning services, that’s the first sign that the contract is unreliable. Discounts here and there are expected, but consistently low-priced home cleaning means you’ll be compromising on quality. One way to avoid these scams and other unreliable services is to do your due diligence. Browse the cleaner’s website for their credentials and experience, and corroborate this by calling them. Additionally, you can consult Google reviews for other peoples’ experiences with the contractor.

If you’re looking for a reliable cleaning service, get in touch with us at A.C. Harris Total Home Care Service. Besides air duct cleaning, we also provide deep cleans, dust removal, and indoor air quality improvement services in Wake Forest, NC.