Air Duct Cleaning: Is It Necessary?

Air Duct Cleaning: Is It Necessary?

The importance of routine air duct cleaning for homeowners has long been debated, namely over whether or not it actually improves air quality within the home. Though no evidence outright proves it does, plenty of homeowners feel otherwise. Regardless, air duct cleaning presents more benefits for the home other than improving air quality. In short, routine air duct cleaning is quite necessary for Michigan homes, whether it improves air quality or not.

For the most part, these cleanings aren’t necessary each year. Instead, they’re suggested when noticeable issues arise within the home—whether your AC unit has been working harder or you’ve noticed more dust throughout. Nevertheless, every Michigan homeowner should consider air duct cleanings from time to time, and Applegate Home Comfort can fill you in on why they’re important. Let’s take a look.

What Does Air Duct Cleaning Entail?

As mentioned above, there’s no evidence proving air duct cleaning improves air quality within the home, which is enough for many Michigan homeowners to simply ignore them. However, air duct cleaning can still decrease dust and debris. Plus, these cleanings aren’t set forth to solely improve air quality. In other words, a range of components are addressed within air duct cleaning, such as heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, and the fan motor, among others. With this, there’s a range of reasons you should have such cleanings performed in your Michigan home.

Why It’s Necessary

Considering the additional components cleaned during the process, the importance of air duct cleaning should be clear. In fact, it’s really no different than replacing the air filters in your home. As they collect dust and debris, dirty air filters can cause the unit to work harder, increasing energy bills and wearing down the unit itself. Uncleaned air ducts can present the same issues, and the same goes for unit’s components.

When is Air Duct Cleaning Necessary?

Generally speaking, most homes can use an air duct cleaning every few years. However, homes where pets and smoking are a factor may require them more often, or about once a year. Moreover, recent home renovations may also call for a cleaning. If you’ve noticed mold, pests, and more debris around your Michigan home, you should address the issue right away.

Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning

As we’ve alluded to throughout the article, air duct cleanings may not directly improve air quality within the home, but most homeowners feel otherwise. Those with allergies or asthma say they notice the effects and get relief instantly. That aside, there are additional ways you and your home benefit from these regular cleanings:

  • Reduced Debris: In removing dust and debris from the ducts, less will circulate throughout your Michigan home, often alleviating allergies and asthma.
  • Better Air Flow: With the removed debris, you’ll have improved airflow within the ducts, which requires the unit (AC or furnace) to work less in cooling or heating your home.
  • Less Wear & Tear: Debris and decreased air flow simply make your unit work harder, which will only affect its lifespan. By keeping ducts clean and air flowing easy, your units will withstand less wear and tear and last longer.
  • Decreased Energy Bills: Of course, with units having to work less to keep the home heated or cooled, you’ll notice a decrease in energy usage—which is a major concern for any homeowner!

Schedule a Cleaning Today!

If you think your Michigan home could use an air duct cleaning, Applegate Home Comfort is here to help. We’ll come down to your home, assess the situation, and ensure cleaning is necessary. Of course, we’ll also look for any other issues while we’re at it. To schedule your cleaning, contact us today. You can also give us a call at 517-337-7700.