How Often Should I Have My Ductwork Cleaned?


Often going unnoticed, your HVAC system’s ductwork may need occasional cleaning. Although slight amounts of dirt and dust are to be expected, there are some ductwork contaminants that just don’t belong. Below, we outline how often you should have your ductwork cleaned and the pros and cons of duct cleaning.

Consider Duct Cleaning

Determining when your HVAC ductwork needs cleaning can be difficult, and unlike air filters or HVAC inspections, there are no specific guidelines for when, or how often, to schedule duct cleaning from a heating and cooling specialist. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests to contact your local HVAC contractor and schedule duct cleaning if you notice any of the following:

“There is substantial, visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. When air ducts are not sized or installed correctly water particles can seep into your ductwork, creating the perfect environment for mold growth. However, many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be inaccessible for visible inspection, so it’s important to request the service of a heating and cooling professional like American Mechanical!

If mold is found in your ductwork it could have negative effects on you and your family’s health, including:

  • Increased amount of allergy symptoms
  • Increased severity of allergy symptoms
  • Increased asthma symptoms
  • Increased severity of asthma attacks
  • Increased difficulty to breathe
  • And more

Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects). The presence of rats, mice, spiders, or other creepy-crawlies is a sure indicator that your ductwork needs cleaning. Such animals and insects can carry various poisons, diseases, and/or viruses.

Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers. This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you notice a large amount of dust, dirt, or other debris is blocking your registers, you’ll want to call an HVAC company right away to avoid potential health risks.

Duct Cleaning Benefits

Although not needed very often, duct cleaning does have its benefits, including:

  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Improved air flow
  • Improved climate control
  • Improved living space
  • Reduced allergy symptoms
  • Reduced respiratory illnesses
  • And more

Virginia Beach HVAC Contractor

American Mechanical is a full service HVAC, electrical, and plumbing company located in Virginia Beach, VA. Here are a few reasons why our customers continue to rely on us for all of their plumbing and HVAC needs:

  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Guaranteed quality
  • Commitment to energy efficiency
  • Master licensed technicians who can solve your toughest problems

We’re now offering air duct cleaning for only $465.00 per zone! contact us today to schedule your duct cleaning.