Air Duct Cleaning – How Frequently Should it be Done?

Air duct cleaning and modern ceiling fan cleaning are often neglected. It is not surprising as they are out of sight, or in the case of cooling fans on the ceiling, and overlooked when the time comes to tackle any maintenance or cleaning tasks in your home.

As a result, most homeowners give it the attention it needs once a problem arises. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in America tend to agree that air ducts should only be cleaned on an as-needed basis to prevent any environmental issues from negatively impacting on the quality of air.

Having said that, cleaning your air ducts only when needed is regarded a good idea if the cleaning is seen as a preventative measure in response to specific events or circumstances, but not as a reactive response. In turn, it will not prevent you from being exposed to harmful air if you’re not made aware of the situation.

Likewise, with ceiling fans, a lot of dust would accumulate and result in damages to the motor of the fan and have a harmful effect due to the airflow being negatively impacted.

On the other hand, it is not all that uncommon for mold to grow from your air conditioner failing, a leaking roof or pipe, which can exist for a long time before being discovered. Insects and rodents can be present in your air ducts for years without being detected.

Occasions, where your air ducts will get cleaned as a preventative procedure when needed, would include cleaning it the minute you discover a leaking pipe, a leaking roof, a flood, a nearby forest fire, rodent infestation, home remodeling, or when moving into a new home.

Unless your family has allergies or asthma, one of the most significant issues with air ducts would be mold. It can bring about all sorts of health problems that usually take a long time and requires a couple of visits to your doctor to diagnose. Any such illnesses show up well after exposure to any mold. Moreover, persons with allergies and asthma tend to be way more sensitive to mold, resulting in severe consequences.

In this regard, it would be a useful addition to install a modern cooling fan to help purify the air.

Unless you get your HVAC system regularly inspected and serviced where the air vents are cleaned, the most common ways you get to discover a mold problem is

By smelling it

Someone in the family gets ill

Once a member of the family gets ill due to the presence of mold in the air ducts, then it’s apparent that air ducts should have received a cleanup sooner. If it were taken care of before, then loved ones would not have been affected.

Mold can be very challenging to detect. Apart from family members falling ill it is often only identified via an odor. Relying on bad odors or smells is not such as smart move as not all mold gives off a bad smell.

Secondly, once you get to detect mildew or mold by smelling it, your infestation is already very severe. Besides, not much mold is needed to cause difficulties. By the time you discover mold, your family members have been exposed to mildew for an extended period, possibly resulting in permanent health issues that will show up years down the line.

The most logical way to prevent your loved ones from being exposed to mold is to stop mold from entering your ductwork and HVAC.

How can you be confident that you’ve hired the right air duct and ceiling fan cleaning company? Especially, if you consider that various methods are being used to clean air ducts in a residential area and that air duct cleaning costs may range from under a $100 to $1,000 if not more.

Another thing. Why is there such as huge disparity concerning prices? The answer lies somewhere between business marketing practices and homeowner preferences. For instance, someone who is bent on cleanliness and bought an old home from a seller who had numerous pets, may not care about price. However, another person who just wants the ductwork cleaned as their neighbor had it done, may not want to fork out a lot of money.

Various residential air duct cleaning companies know this and will set their prices accordingly.

What are the different methods being used for air duct and cooling fan cleaning?

The most common ones are:

  • Rotary vacuum brushing
  • Vacuum brushing using a camera
  • High-pressure air washing