Dust, Debris and Air Ducts, Oh My!

When you think about spring cleaning, all the usual suspects come to mind. Baseboards, Ceiling Fans, Blinds, but something we don’t often think about are things like furnaces, air conditioners and air ducts. While cleaning baseboards and blinds will make your house look clean, keeping the air ducts clean is an essential part of keeping the air quality in your home clean, which is more important than you might think.

Imagine your heating and cooling system as the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out. As contaminants like dust and pet dander build up in your home, your HVAC system is pulling them in and recirculating them on average 5-7 times per day. Every year, the average home collects up to 40 lbs of dirt, dust and allergens in its air ducts. For individuals suffering from respiratory issues, this could make their health worse.

If you’re a pet owner like me, you might be interested to know that your fur babies, household cleaning agents, tobacco use, paint fumes, mold, and even food preparation all contribute to stale smells in your air ducts. Every time the furnace or air conditioner is running, all of these odors will flow through your home. Over the years even the dust build up can can lead to a musty scent coming from the ductwork. A detailed cleaning of the air ducts removes all odor trapping particles, resulting in a fresher smelling home.

In addition to better air quality, keeping everything clean and running smooth will help save on your energy costs. When an HVAC system is clean, it won’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you’ve set, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

So, when and how often should you have your air ducts cleaned? The NADCA recommends you should clean your air ducts every 5-8 years. Depending on the situation of your home, that number can change. Visit Stanley Steemer’s FAQ page for answers on how often you should clean your air ducts depending on your circumstances.

Stanley Steemer provides professional deep cleaning services including carpet, tile & grout, upholstery, hardwood and air ducts. We also provide water restoration services. Stanley Steemer of North Central Alabama services the greater Birmingham Metro Area and surrounding counties, spanning from Cullman to Clanton and from the Mississippi state line to the Georgia state line. Stanley Steemer is the first carpet cleaning service certified asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, removing an average of 94% of common household allergens from carpet. 24/7 scheduling available! Use Code: Mom30 for $30 off any service. (Minimum charges apply)


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