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Every 60 seconds a person loses 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from our skin. That’s almost 9 pounds of cells every year!

And where do you think most of those dead skin cells end up? Yes, many of them end up lodged in your ducts. 

Read on to learn all about air duct cleaning and why it matters. 

Reduces Irritants in the Air

There is more than just dust gathering in your air ducts. Pollen, pet dander, dead skin, mold spores, mildew, rodent feces, and other bacteria and pollutants can collect in your home’s ducts. These can become a breeding ground for bacteria, mites, and other pests.

These irritants can impact the quality of the air that circulates through your home. For people with respiratory issues such as asthma as well as for those with allergies, regular air duct cleaning is vital.

Remove Smells and Odors

Do you notice that your home has a particular smell? Often cleaning and opening the windows is not enough to get rid of smells. 

A build-up of smells from food, tobacco, cleaning products, pet smells and mildew can accumulate in your home. That’s how you know when to clean air ducts. 

Air duct cleaning companies can remove odors that are locked in dust particles. You will be happy to get your home back to smelling fresh. 

Better HVAC Efficiency

Another important reason for cleaning your air ducts is to extend the life of your HVAC system. When ducts and registers have a buildup of grime and dust, your HVAC system has to work harder to bring your home to the right temperature.

This decreases your HVAC’s efficiency (and costs you more on your energy bill). Plus, the harder the unit has to work, the quicker it will reach the end of its lifespan. 

A clean system can operate as efficiently as possible. That translated to cost-effective performance year-round.

Keep Your Home Clean for Longer

One of the best perks of having clean air ducts is that you won’t have to clean them so often.

Dirt and dust spread quicker when there are dirty ducts. They spread through registers and vents to land on the surfaces of your home.

With clean ducts, you will not have to worry about dusting and cleaning so often.

When To Clean Air Ducts 

The recommended time to clean your air ducts is every 2-3 years. This frequency allows you to prevent the issues we mentioned so far. 

However, if you are living with pets, people who have a compromised immune system, or have allergies, you should have your ducts cleaned more frequently. 

How To Clean Your Air Ducts

Though there are many DIY jobs you can do around the house, cleaning your air ducts is not one of them. 

For one thing, you likely don’t have the right tools such as special rotary brushes and a high-powered vacuum.

If your home has non-metal ducts, you could dislodge connections or tear the walls by accident. This is one job best left to the pros. 

Air Duct Cleaning Companies Can Get It Done Right 

There you have it! Now you know the benefits of air duct cleaning as well as the risks of dirty ones.

Given all the time you spend indoors each day, your family deserves clean, fresh breathing air. RM Mechanical can help.

Contact us today for an immediate consultation.