How your home HVAC system works
Before we jump into how to clean it, it helps to know what HVAC is. The name itself explains a lot: it stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
More specifically, an HVAC system is a network of vents and ducts that heats, cools, and moves air throughout your home. Whether you live in a 500-square-foot condo or a sprawling five-bedroom home, the system works in the same way and requires regular maintenance to function at its best.
How duct cleaning improves your home’s indoor air
Dust, pollen, dirt, fumes, pet dander, and mold accumulate in your home over time, no matter how often you clean. If you have pets who shed constantly or kids who track dirt in the house, it adds up even quicker.
Tiny particles stay suspended in the air, where the vacuum, mop, and broom can’t get them. From there, they get sucked into your HVAC system’s vents and ducts, where they can sit and accumulate for years, circulating and recirculating in your home’s air.
Dirty, dusty air has a huge impact on health. When you breathe in these particles, they can trigger allergic reactions and asthma flare-ups as well as coughing, sneezing, headaches, and more.
So, just how much of an impact can professional duct cleaning have? Consider that the average duct cleaning job removes about five to six pounds of debris from a home’s HVAC system. You’ll breathe a lot easier without all of that stuff floating around.
How often you should have professional duct cleaning done
In general, it’s a good idea to have a professional duct cleaning about every three years. There are reasons, however, why you might want to do it more frequently.
If you notice any of the following, we recommend getting your ducts cleaned ASAP:
- If visible mold is growing on any area of your HVAC system.
- If you can see or hear pests, like rodents or insects, living in your ductwork.
- If people in your household are experiencing headaches, coughing, or sneezing that doesn’t have a known cause.
- If the air in your home feels hot, humid, sticky, or stagnant.
Professional duct cleaners in Ontario
Ready to breathe easier and enjoy a cleaner, more comfortable home? Livy Services provides premium home duct cleaning in Southern Ontario. We offer duct cleaning options for specific areas in your home as well as all-in-one packages for a top-to-bottom clean. Check out our packages or use our online quote tool to get a fast, accurate quote in just a few minutes.