Everything You Need to Know About Furnace Duct Cleaning

A happy family enjoying the clean air from their newly cleaned ducts. With winter weather on the way, it’s time to start thinking about maintenance for your home or business’s heating systems. That means in part having your furnace ducts cleaned.

Furnace ducts are the ducts the deliver heat from the furnace to the rooms of your home or building through plastic or metal vents in the walls, floors, or ceilings. Forced air furnaces are the most common home-heaters in the U.S., so proper maintenance is something that many Americans need to be familiar with. However, proper furnace and furnace duct maintenance is something that required professional experience and training to do properly, so when it’s time for either it’s best to call in the experts.

If you need furnace duct cleaning services in Monterey, call the experts at Preferred HD today at (860) 613-1130 or contact them using this convenient online form.

Why do I need to get my furnace ducts cleaned?

In short: because they’re probably dirty. Furnace duct-work is a buildings respiratory system. Dirt, dust, pollen, mold, hair, allergens, and other contaminants all accumulate over time inside. When you turn your heat on for the first time in summer (or after a long summer of central air use), those contaminants mingle with your home or office’s indoor air. In fact, normal HVAC systems recirculate the same air and contaminants up to seven times per day. This can have big effects on your health.

Regular cleaning of your furnace ducts removes these harmful pollutants and makes your air more healthful and pleasant to breathe (especially in the winter, when opening a window is at its least appealing).

Plus, according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, regularly cleaned ducts can result in money-saving energy reduction. Dust and other contaminants accumulate and clog up the proper function of your HVAC system, making it work harder and use more energy to do its job. A clean HVAC system is a happy one, and a happy one is a lot cheaper.

How often should I have my furnace ducts cleaned?

This varies depending on a few different factors. With regular use, most experts suggest every 2 – 5 years. Err toward five if you use the same duct-work for both heating and central air conditioning, if you have long-haired pets, if you have hardwood floor instead of carpets, or if you live in a part of the country with high levels of pollen or air pollution.

Get your ducts cleaned right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Mold growing inside the duct-work.
  • An insect or animal infestation.
  • A visible cloud of dust when air exits floor or wall vents.

How long does furnace duct cleaning take?

Usually the process is no more than a few hours, though with special circumstances or large or commercial sized buildings, that will naturally be extended. Contact us for an exact estimate.

To learn more about furnace duct cleaning and other HVAC cleaning services in Monterey, contact Preferred HD today!