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Breathe and Relax: 4 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Air Ducts Clean

By Luke Armstrong

After a long day at work, what is the first thing you do when you arrive at home? Some may change into comfortable clothes and relax in your favorite chair. Others may pour a glass of wine to enjoy with dinner. Many are ready for a relaxing bath and some quiet time to reflect on their hectic day. No matter your favorite downtime activity, everyone will take a deep breath not long after entering the home. But is this deep breath filled with harmful contaminants, dust and other allergens? This is a question for the experts…

Week 2 – 4 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Air Ducts Clear

Duct CleaningOur air ducts are invisible pipes in our home, traveling below the floor or in the ceiling above us, and they accumulate dirt and dust and other substances that fall out of the air. For this reason, it is very important to maintain the cleanliness of these ducts, and here are a few reasons why, courtesy of

Clogged ducts can pose a fire hazard

Cotton lint, paper fibers and other debris pose a fire hazard when tangled as ducts turn corners and at the connection of two pieces of ductwork.

Clogged ducts can put too much pressure on other controls in the home

Motors, igniters and thermostats will wear faster than normal (and may fail more frequently) when clogged ductwork forces machinery to work harder.

Clogged ducts can make your home hot in the summer and cool in the winter

Ductwork that needs cleaning holds dampness during humid weather and absorbs heat during cold weather, making the living space below or above less comfortable.

Clogged ducts can trap allergens in your home all year long

Dust mites and other allergens gather in congested pathways, using them to move throughout the habitation at any time of year: seasonal allergens (like pollen) accumulate and create a nuisance throughout the year.

Is it possible to clean my own ductwork?

We would not recommend cleaning your own air ducts, because you risk spreading unpleasant particles and dirt throughout your home, which can be very difficult to clean. It is best to leave this specialized job to the experts.

Who can you recommend for air duct cleaning services? is a great resource for professional vent duct cleaning services in your area! Simply visit the website, select your state from the menu and click on the featured service provider closest to your home.

We use vacuum equipment that exhausts particles outside the home, or High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuuming equipment if the vacuum exhausts inside the home. During the air duct cleaning service we protect carpet and household furnishings, and we remove, clean and reinstall all registers and vents. Plus, we use the appropriate tools and brushes during HVAC cleaning so we don’t damage duct surfaces. For complete duct cleaning services, contact your local ServiceMaster specialist listed on our website.