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5 Reasons to Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned Before Winter

Every home or business has a huge surface area that you are most likely neglecting. This space has an impact on the air you breathe and almost everything you touch. It’s your air ducts – when was the last time you had them cleaned? According to the National Air Ducts Cleaning Association (NADCA), a typical home should have their air ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. 

Aside from cleaning on a regular basis, there are several other important reasons to consider getting your air ducts cleaned. Here are five of the most important. 

1. Reduce The Risk Of Fire

Here in Northern Illinois, most home and business owners have experienced a subtle burning smell the first time they turn on their heat in the fall. The reason behind this smell is that your duct system builds up dust and debris while running the air conditioner during the spring and summer, and it burns in the initial blast of heat from your furnace. 

Dust and debris burning from the heat is unlikely to start a fire by itself. However, it can cause a fire caused by another source to quickly spread throughout your house via ductwork that is coated with this flammable material.

2. Breathe Easier Indoors

Indoor air quality is important year-round, but most of us spend more time inside during the fall and winter. Contaminants like bacteria, pet dander, dust, chemicals, viruses, smoke, insects, mold, and fungi can be drawn into your ducts where they will recirculate into the indoor air. 

Clean air ducts cut down on these contaminants, and can help keep your family, employees, and customers happier and healthier. This is particularly important if your property has residents with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory illnesses. 

3. Cut Down On Your Energy Costs and Repair Bills

If your ducts are dirty, you may be using larger amounts of energy to keep your property comfortable. Dusty air ducts make your HVAC system work harder, and can even clog and damage important parts of your system. Keeping your ducts clean will help your whole HVAC system last longer, and can help eliminate expensive, preventable repairs.

4. Make Housekeeping Easier

If you have dirty air ducts, dust and contaminants will be continually circulating throughout your home, no matter how much you clean. If your home is continually dusty, or you notice dark lines or marks around open vents, you should book an air duct cleaning immediately. If you have pets, airborne pet hair and dander can also get trapped and build up in your ducts, where it will contaminate all areas of your home.

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5. Your Home Has Been Recently Remodeled or Experienced Water Damage

Remodeling and renovation projects can leave behind great updates, but they can also leave behind sawdust, drywall dust, carpet fibers, and other particles that can get trapped in your air ducts. Additionally, if your basement is damp or recently experienced a damaging flood, you may have mold in your air ducts. Having your ducts cleaned after either of these situations is a good idea.

Get Clean Air Ducts For a Safe And Comfortable Holiday Season

Air duct cleaning makes indoor life easier in numerous ways. It’s easy to see why having the ducts cleaned at your home, business, or rental property will result in happier residents and less maintenance. 
Having your air ducts professionally cleaned early in the fall will help ensure that you have a comfortable and stress-free holiday season. From Evanston to Oak Park, we can clean the ducts in an average home in about three to four hours, and you don’t have to leave your home while we are getting it done. Don’t wait – call McMahon Services to book your service today.