Do You Need to Clean Your Air Ducts Annually?

How often do you need to clean your air ducts? For many San Diego County homeowners, this is a novel question. Most homeowners never think about duct cleaning; and many view duct cleaning simply as an extra expense.

But duct cleaning makes sense. As the EPA notes in its review of duct cleaning: “It seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should occasionally be cleaned.”

Unfortunately, the EPA, in its report on duct cleaning (published two decades ago), notes there is little scientific evidence that annual duct cleaning improves indoor air quality. But little scientific evidence does not prove the point. And as the EPA notes, “knowledge about air duct cleaning is in its early stages.”

The problem of indoor air pollution has only recently attracted the attention of scientists, not to mention homeowners and the press. Reporting on indoor air pollution, The Baltimore Sunrecently noted most people do not give indoor pollution a second thought, but “poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a serious problem.”

How serious? “The air within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air in large, industrialized cities.” This statement may seem unbelievable, but recent evidence (from the EPA itself) supports the truth.

So what can you do? The EPA advises cleaning ducts “when needed.” The NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) advises cleaning ducts every three to five years—or annually, if a family member suffers respiratory problems or serious allergies.

G&G Indoor Air Services uses a “green cleaning” method to clean your air ducts of all sources of indoor air pollution. To learn more about your air duct cleaning options in San Diego County, call G&G Indoor Air Services today:

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