Often, people wait until their home seems dirty or they're struggling with allergy symptoms before having their ducts cleaned. This is an okay approach, but it is just one approach. You could also consider having your ducts cleaned situationally—and not just when you notice that they're getting dirty. On that note, here are three situations in which it's a good idea to have your ducts cleaned.
You're moving in.
If you're just moving into a new home, it's a good idea to have the ducts cleaned before you do. You don't know how long it has been since the previous owner had this service done. Plus, if the home has been empty for a while, the heat may have been off, which means dust will have had a chance to accumulate in the ducts. And sometimes, when homes are empty, people turn off dehumidifiers, which means mold starts to grow and mold spores accumulate in the ducts. If you have the ducts cleaned, you have the comfort of knowing you're moving into a fresh, clean space.
Your pet just finished shedding season.
If you have a dog or a cat, you can bet that a lot of their hair and dander will end up in your ducts. If you keep noticing hair around your home even when it doesn't seem like your pet is actively shedding, it is probably because the hair has accumulated in the ducts. Having your ducts cleaned after shedding season ends means this hair can be removed so your home stays cleaner between shedding seasons.
Allergy season just ended.
If you have seasonal allergies, it is a good idea to have your ducts cleaned at the end of allergy season—whether in early summer or early winter for you. This way, if any pollen has made its way into your ducts during allergy season, you can have it removed before the "off-season" so you can enjoy fewer symptoms in your own home. Having your ducts cleaned after allergy season may even allow you to go a few months without being so reliant on allergy meds and other treatments.
If allergy season is just ending, your pet just finished shedding, or you're about to move into a new home, schedule an appointment with a duct cleaning service. Having your ducts cleaned at this stage will lead to a cleaner home and a more pleasant life.
For more info about duct cleaning, contact a local company.