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Should I Clean My Air Ducts?

If you have a forced-air heating or cooling system in your Northern Virginia home, the condition of your ductwork should be a concern for you. Dirt, dust, pollen, animal dander, and other airborne contaminants are pulled into your ductwork every time you turn your heating or cooling system on. These pollutants build up in the duct system causing your family poor health and your system poor efficiency. It is recommended that you have a professional clean out your ducting system once a year to ensure healthy, safe air is being pumped into your home.

Signs You Need Air Duct Cleaning

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends cleaning your air ducts when:

  • You suspect that mold is growing in your air ducts.
  • You suspect that a vermin infestation could be somewhere in your home.
  • You see visible residue being released into the air from the supply registers.
  • Your furnace filters are dirty shortly after changing them.
  • There is a shortness of airflow coming from your vents.
  • You notice musty or stale odors when your furnace or air conditioner is running.

Benefits to Having Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Having your air duct system cleaned is the most effective way to eliminate pollutants in the air you breathe at home. There are obvious health benefits to cleaning your air ducts, but here are some other benefits that you may not have considered. Having your air ducts cleaned can:

Help maintain a cleaner home – when you turn your heating or cooling system on, the air sitting in your duct system blows out into your home. If you have dirt and dust filled air ducts, the dirt and debris will spread throughout your home.

Improve your HVAC system’s capacity – when your duct work is clogged up, your heating and cooling system has to work harder to push air through your home.

Lower heating and cooling costs – since your HVAC system is working harder and longer to push air through your home, you can dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs by having your duct system cleaned.

HVAC & Duct Maintenance in Virginia

With cold and flu season approaching quickly, it’s important to perform maintenance on your HVAC system and clean out your duct system. You spend most of your time inside during the winter, so you are going to want to make sure the air you are breathing is clean and free of contaminants. In doing so you will help your system perform better and keep your family healthier.

For HVAC maintenance and air duct cleaning services in Northern Virginia, call John Nugent & Sons today, at 703-291-1926.

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