Yes, it’s very important to clean your air ducts because they directly affect air quality and the energy usage in your home.
Dirty air ducts can contribute to many health problems like respiratory infections and allergies because they can spread contaminants and pollutants throughout your home.
What Are Air Ducts?
Air ducts provide heating & and air conditioning throughout your home. Located in your walls and ceilings, air ducts keep the air in your home circulating. Air ducts collect debris and dust that buildup in your ducts. Keeping them clean and open is important since the air that flows through them also flow through the air you breathe inside your home.
Types of Air Ducts
There are a few different types of air ducts for different types of homes: flexible and rigid. Let’s discuss each and how they work.
Flexible Air Ducts
Flex duct is tube-shaped and has an inner liner made of plastic and a wire coil covered with a bendable plastic and covered by insulation. The bendable construction allows the duct to fit in tight areas of a home.
Rigid Air Ducts
Rigid ducts can come in a variety of materials, sizes, and shapes. They tend to be more reliable than flexible ductwork. Typically rigid ducts are made of sheet metal, fiberboard and fiberglass. We can help you determine the best duct for your home.
How Often Should You Clean Air Ducts
While every home is different, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years.
A few factors that should increase the frequency of cleaning air ducts are:
- smoking in the home
- water damage or contamination of the home
- allergies or asthma sufferers benefit from frequent cleaning
- following any home renovations
- before moving to a new home.
How should you clean your Ducts?
The best way to clean air ducts and the ventilation system is to hire someone. Through the use of a specialized, powerful vacuum, it draws air through the system, allowing it to remove any debris and dust stuck to duct surfaces. The debris is sucked into the vacuum and removes it from the system and the home. Contact Polar Express for all your HVAC Repairs.