Wondering if you need duct cleaning? In what situations is duct cleaning required? In this article, we will help answer this by going through timelines for regular maintenance and all of the situations in which duct cleaning is recommended to be done more frequently or immediately.
We at Entire Duct Cleaning provide professional duct cleaning service for both commercial and residential homes in Toronto and its surrounding areas, serving all cities within a 50 km radius of Toronto. Equipped with skilled technicians and modern duct cleaning equipment, we provide the best possible indoor air quality solutions and guarantee a healthy and clean environment for you and your family.
Duct cleaning is particularly important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. However, duct cleaning is recommended for all homes, even where there are no health concerns. Clean ducts ensure that the air passing through your vents and being recirculated in your home is clean. In most cases, duct cleaning should be done at least once every 3-5 years. However, certain situations may necessitate more frequent duct cleaning. In this article, we provide you with information about situations that may necessitate duct cleaning more frequently or even immediately, to ensure your indoor air quality is healthy for your family.
Situations Wherein Duct Cleaning is Required More Frequently
If you fall under any of the situations below, we recommend your schedule in duct cleaning sessions once every 2-3 years instead of the routine 3-4 years.
Individuals owning pets should consider duct cleaning more frequently. This is because pet hair often collects around your ductwork, thus causing clogging of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Such clogging causes your home’s HVAC system to consume more energy to run, thus raising the utility costs. The pet hair gathered around your ductwork can capture bacteria, alongside other debris that ultimately gets pushed into your living spaces, and this may cause respiratory problems for you and your family.
2. Excessive Carpeting
Carpets are often used in both residential and public homes due to their aesthetic value and other benefits. But excessive carpeting means more trapped bacteria and allergens, requiring more cleaning sessions. Higher levels of allergens from house dust, pets, and fungi are present in carpets compared to smooth wood floors and tiles. More specifically, excessive carpeting is associated with increased exposure to allergens attributed to dust mites. Therefore, regular duct cleaning for homes with excessive carpeting can significantly reduce the levels of ergosterol (cell wall mold component) and allergens trapped in carpets. Excessive carpeting is associated with higher levels of microorganisms and dust deposits compared to non-carpeted floors; hence the need to have regular cleanings for carpeted houses. It is also noteworthy that carpets act as sources and reservoirs for allergens, particularly from pets.
3. Smoker Residents
Regular duct cleaning is also necessary for homes with smokers. The smoke usually gets sucked up via the ventilation ducts, and this can make your home have unpleasant smells after a few months. Even in cases where an individual smokes outside the home, such smells may eventually be sucked into your house via any occasional smoking within the home or through personal items such as clothing and just the smokers general presence. As a consequence, it becomes difficult to get rid of such odors from your house without professional duct cleaning. Regular smoking within your house lowers your indoor air quality, and this can be sickening to you, your family, and your guests. This is because smoke particles trapped in your HVAC system get pushed through your house alongside other dust particles. This air is re-circulated in your home multiple times a day. Therefore, if you smoke cigarettes indoors, it is recommended you contact us to help you get rid of such smells and improve your indoor air quality.
4. Recently Renovated Homes
House renovations release all sorts of particles into the air, including sawdust, insulation fibers, drywall, and fumes. Duct cleaning is usually necessary after home renovations, as it helps get rid of all these dust particles.
5. When Moving Into a New Home
Ensuring that your home is spotlessly clean is one of the main things to consider when moving into a new home. However, most people only concentrate on cleaning the floors, countertops etc. and neglect the air conditioner and the ductwork when moving into new houses. An entire duct cleaning before moving into a new home improves the efficiency of your house’s air conditioners, and this will save you from incurring high energy bills. This is because duct cleaning removes dust and other debris that could be blocking airflow within your HVAC systems.
6. When You Have Tenants Living in Your Basement
If you have tenants living in your basement, it is your responsibility to ensure that the property is habitable. In most cases, basements often rely on cooling and heating systems for air circulation and maintaining room temperatures. Therefore, if you have tenants living in such basements, they may suffer from the effects of stale air if air ducts are clogged with pollutants such as dust and debris. The situation might even be the reverse – where you’re suffering because of air pollution caused by them. The HVAC systems recirculate the air from the home to various parts of the home and the air circulated comes from all parts of the home – the ground floor and the basement. When the basement HVAC system is clogged, it may lead to a poor air supply, and this can cause paint deterioration, wood rot, and mold, alongside pest infestations. Therefore, having tenants living in your basement requires regular duct cleaning to ensure there is high-quality air supply available.
7. Living in a Rental Property
When living in a rental property, it is important to perform duct cleaning regularly for the health and safety of your family. The more tenants a rental property has, the higher the chances of air pollution, hence the need to clean your ducts more frequently. This goes both ways – you ensuring the property you’re renting is cleaned or you ensuring cleaning for properties you’re renting out. If you’re a tenant, reach out to your landlord as it is their duty to cover cleaning expenses.
This is important because there is a higher chance of the spread of dirt and dust particles in multiple building complexes, due to the higher number of HVAC systems through which pollutants may get into living spaces. Increased dust in your rental properties may cause airborne allergies and respiratory complications to the tenants, and this may cause them to vacate your premises, or even provide them an excuse for not paying rent! Regular duct cleaning ensures that tenants are comfortable and also reduces costs related to HVAC maintenance and repairs that may be attributed to dust accumulation.
Clogged air ducts also provide suitable breeding places for mold, as they cause high humidity within tenants’ living spaces. Since mold adversely affects tenants’ health, this can cause them to withhold rent or even cause them to vacate your premises. To avoid these problems, property owners need to consider regular duct cleaning to assure tenants their health and safety while they are living in your property.
Signs That a House Needs Duct Cleaning
HVAC ducts are some of the most probable places where dirt, dust, and allergens accumulate. Ductwork is usually hidden, and since that’s the main avenue through which air conditioning systems draw air from the outside, contaminants can easily find their way into your house. Consequently, contaminants can easily get into your living spaces without your awareness. For this reason, it’s important to consider cleaning your home’s air ducts. Generally, duct cleaning should be done in response to particular identifiable problems. The following are some of the situations that are signs that you need duct cleaning immediately:
1.Considerable Mold Growth in Your Air Conditioning System or Furnace
Clogged HVAC systems may cause your furnace and air conditioners to develop condensation or humid conditions, and this favors the growth of mold. In such situations, it’s recommended you contact professional air duct cleaners to thoroughly clean your ductwork and HVAC system to get rid of any mold.
2. An Increase in Your Cooling and Heating Costs
In most cases, your cooling and heating costs are supposed to be relatively predictable monthly or yearly. However, if your bills begin rising substantially, then your ductwork may be the cause. In some scenarios, your ductwork may be considerably dirty, making it difficult for air to efficiently and freely circulate in your HVAC system. This makes your air conditioner and furnace consume more energy in maintaining the room temperatures set at the thermostat. Such extra energy consumption results in increased utility bills. If this is the case for you, contact us to get rid of the dirt and debris obstructions and check for any other malfunctions that may be reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system.
3. Considerable Deposits of Debris or Dust in Your House, No Matter How Often You Clean
When you realize that a dust layer covers the flat surface areas of your house almost immediately after cleaning, there could be a problem with your ducts. You should check your return and supply vents around your house, and if they are dusty or dirty, then contact us and we’ll help you out!
Duct cleaning is a complex process that you don’t want to do personally. There are great dangers with DIY duct cleaning. It requires professionals with relevant expertise in HVAC systems and specialized equipment. We at Entire Duct Cleaning can help out! We have a happy customer base in Toronto and the GTA. Contact us today and get the best duct cleaning services at great rates.
We are Entire Duct Cleaning and we are here to provide you with professional duct cleaning services. Our team of trained and skilled professionals make sure that the air you breath inside your homes and offices is clean and pollutant free. We provide duct cleaning services for residential and commercial properties to help eliminate irritants and allergens such as pollen, smoke, dust mites, bacteria, etc. We service Toronto & the GTA and all cities within a 50 km radius of Toronto including Brampton, Mississauga, Milton, Oakville, Pickering, Ajax, Vaughan, North York, Richmond Hill, Scarborough.
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