5 Important Questions to Ask About Duct Cleaning in Ontario
#1. Is Duct Cleaning a Waste of Money?
Cleaning an air duct will save you money. According to studies from the United States Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used to heat or cool a home is wasted because the ducts are being used inefficiently. Having clean ducts will mean that more air is going to be pumping through them, rather than getting clogged by dust.
Not only will less cooled or heated air actually make it to your living space, but the HVAC systems will have to work harder than ever. You’ll have the thermostat set to extremes just to get the temperature you want. And that means your heating and cooling system is going to wear out quicker than it normally would. As anyone who has ever replaced an air conditioner or a furnace will know, it’s not a cheap replacement.
#2. Is Duct Cleaning Mandatory in Ontario?
There is no law mandating that duct cleaning is performed in Ontario. However, it is considered a good practice, even if we’re ignoring the financial benefits of cleaning your ducts, because the indoor air quality is so much better when you have clean ducts.
Things that lurk in your ducts include mold, dirt, dust, insects (dead and alive), and other spores and biological contaminants. This leads to indoor air pollution.
So, while it’s not mandatory in Ontario, it is strongly recommended for the health of you and your family. And it’s not something you can solve with a household vacuum cleaner. Plus, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends it.
#3. What Time of the Year Is Best for Duct Cleaning?
Air duct cleaning is best done in the spring. This is because less air has been blowing through it (because you’re not using your heater, and you’re not using your air conditioner). When less air is blowing through it, things are going to settle. This means mouse droppings, insects, dust, and dirt.
So, instead of letting all of these contaminants build up all through the spring and then blow down onto you when you turn on the air conditioner in the summer, you should clean in the spring.
#4. How Often Should Ductwork Be Cleaned in a House?
Homeowners should have their air vents cleaned every three to five years – but that’s generally speaking. If you live in a particularly dusty area, then you would want to get them cleaned more often. The same goes for insects and mice. If you have pests as a problem in your home or business facility, then you should get your ducts cleaned more often.
Also, if anyone in the home is having allergy problems that seem greater than usual (or if you have a person in your home who is always susceptible to allergies) then getting the ducts cleaned more often, even every year, is important.
#5. How Do I Know if My Ducts Need Cleaning?
Here are some of the signs that your ducts need to be cleaned:
- If your home was recently constructed, the ducts could easily have dust, debris, and even sawdust in them. The dust that comes from sanding plaster and drywall is also a culprit. All of these things can build up in the ducts and then come blowing down on a nice clean brand new house.
- Your energy bills are rising. If your energy bills are going up at a rate that is faster than usual, it could mean that your HVAC system is having to work harder than normal to maintain proper temperatures. It’s bad for energy efficiency. Time to clean out the ducts.
- Bad odors are a sign that you’ve got mold, mildew, or even rodents and pests in your ducts. If you’ve got strange smells coming out of your ducts, get them cleaned.