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How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts? Portland HVAC Technicians Explain July 22, 2016

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How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts? Portland HVAC Technicians Explain, Woodburn, Oregon

Cleaning your air ducts is essential to ensure that your HVAC unit always runs at peak efficiency. Generally, you should aim to get it done by a professional HVAC technician every three to five years, as recommended by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association—though this varies depending on several factors.

Wolfer's Heating & Air Conditioning, Willamette Valley’s leading plumbing and HVAC service, has compiled this guide for determining when you need duct cleaning:

  • Allergies & Asthma: If you’re sensitive to indoor air quality because of a health condition, you may notice the benefits of air duct cleaning more than others. The process removes dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and other respiratory irritants from circulation, which may have been building up over the last few years.

  • Inexplicable Flu-Like Symptoms: In extreme cases of air duct neglect, members of a household or office may experience symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and sneezing, which only go away when they leave the area. In these situations, it’s worth getting an HVAC technician to inspect the ducts, as dirty A/C systems can circulate allergens, bacteria, and mold.

  • Mildew & Mold Smell: It’s very common for A/C systems to develop mold as a result of built-up condensation. Mold and mildew can grow in the unit itself and within your ductwork. If the smell persists despite regular A/C maintenance, duct cleaning can make even more of a difference.

  • Visible Dust: You may want to consider duct cleaning if dust often blows out of the vents or you see it built up in the system whenever you change the A/C filter. You definitely need a cleaning if black dust has accumulated near your air vents, as this is highly concentrated debris that results from repeated circulation.

  • hvac technicianPets: Expect to clean your air ducts more frequently if you have pets, especially long-haired cats and dogs. If you notice fur shedding on the furniture, you can bet a lot of it ends up in the air ducts too.

  • Newly Built Homes & Additions: Construction results in a lot of dust. To remove irritants associated with new home construction, such as drywall, floor sanding dust, and wood fibers, get your ducts cleaned after moving into a newly constructed home.

Need to schedule an appointment with a trained HVAC technician? For service near Portland, OR, and the entire Willamette Valley region, you can reach Wolfer's Heating & Air Conditioning in their Woodburn office at (503) 220-1901. For their other locations and additional information, refer to their website.