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Air Duct FAQ

Air Duct FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Air Ducts

When you think of HVAC and all of the services that come with it, many people forget about one simple yet very important component: the air ducts. These are critical to several aspects of your home, including how well your heating and cooling perform and your overall air quality.

Because so many people forget about these unsung heroes, it’s easy to see why there are many questions regarding their function and how to properly maintain them. As such, we offer some answers to commonly asked questions we receive regarding air ducts.

What is the Purpose of Air Ducts?

Your air ducts serve a very valuable purpose in the home--they are essentially the pathways that allow hot and cold air to move from room to room. They are crucial in keeping your home comfortable, but they’re easy to forget about sometimes, which allows them to become dirty, contaminated, and overall less efficient.

How Often Do They Need to be Cleaned?

This may seem like a simple question, but we should break down the air duct into two main components, including the ducts themselves and the filters.

Filters should be checked for excess dust and dander every month, and they should be changed every three months. As filters begin to compile excess debris, it makes it more difficult for the air to travel through them, making it, so your HVAC unit needs to work harder to cool or heat your room. Changing them every three months ensures you are getting the most out of your system.

Air ducts, on the other hand, can be cleaned every three to five years, according to the National Air Ducts Cleaners Association. While you can take this as an estimate regarding time frame, you should also look into potential signs that would require more frequent cleanings.

Do Air Ducts Need Maintenance?

Maintenance can be a very critical part of keeping your HVAC running for the life of their expectancy, as well as keeping your home comfortable and free of pollutants. Maintenance can involve regular cleanings to prevent the buildup of dirt and dust inside the air ducts.

Be sure to look for potential signs such as particles blowing out of the vents, tears in the ductwork, and more. These need to be remedied quickly to avoid insects and other harmful problems from infesting your air ducts.

How Do Air Ducts Impact Air Quality?

While there are countless monetary benefits to providing maintenance and cleaning for your air ducts, there is also the benefit of improved air quality within your home. Many people don’t realize this, but in many cases, indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside air when air ducts are not properly cleaned and maintained.

Air ducts are often home to dust and dirt, but also do problems such as mold and allergens. These can be dangerous for the health of all individuals within the home, especially those with already existing respiratory problems.

When you clean your air ducts, you will notice a different quality to the air within your home. Not only will your HVAC system benefit, but your body will also thank you.

Get Our Escondido Indoor Air Quality Experts On Your Side

If you are having problems with your indoor air, you can rely on My Guy Heating & Air to have you covered. We’re ready to help you improve your comfort and your health. We offer free proposals, so be sure to reach out to our team today and learn how we can help you and your home.

Our team offers fast, same-day service from technicians who are uninformed, background-checked, licensed, insured, and bonded. When it comes to your home, we take the time to provide a detailed inspection, determine the problem, explain everything to you, and get you the solution you need.

Call us today at (760) 512-8885 to schedule your indoor air quality service.


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