It's important to keep your air ducts clean for a variety of reasons and most experts recommend you enlist a professional to perform air duct cleaning in your home once a year. But is there a "best" time of year to clean your air ducts, or will any day of any old month do just fine? That's the question we're here to answer. So pour yourself another cup of coffee and read on to find the answer.
No. The amount of dirt, dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants that accumulate in your air ducts depends in large part on where your home is located. But it also depends on other factors including how many people live in the house, whether you live near or downwind from an industrial area, and what type and how many pets you have (if any).
Other factors that determine how much-unwanted material comes to rest in the air ducts include whether you have had any renovation work done on the house (if you have you should have the ducts cleaned immediately afterward, no buts) and whether there have been any extraordinary weather events that put huge amounts of dust and dirt into the air.
Essentially, the argument for the "best" time of year for HVAC cleaning comes down to two seasons: Spring and Fall. Let's look at why that is.
The consensus here at Steve's Air Duct Cleaning is that late Spring is the ideal time to have your air ducts cleaned and there are a lot of reasons for that. First is that it's best to vacate the house during the vent cleaning process and that's not easy to do during the depths of winter when it's cold enough to freeze your eyeballs shut, or during the dog days of summer when it's 100 degrees in the shade outside. Mild late springtime weather, however, is tailor-made for heading to the park with the kids. Here are a couple of other reasons why late springtime is the right time for air duct cleaning:
As we said most of us here at Steve's adhere to the Springtime is the Right Time school of thought when it comes to duct cleaning. Most of us, not all of us. There are a few who think the Fall is the right time to engage in furnace cleaning and duct cleaning, and they make a pretty convincing case. Here are three reasons for having your air ducts cleaned in the Fall:
Compelling arguments can be made for air vent cleaning in both the Spring and Fall. So it's really up to you.
One thing we should reiterate though: If you have engaged in any type of renovation work on the house you should have the ducts cleaned as soon as the construction company declares the job done. In this case, it doesn't matter what time of year it is. Nothing will clog up the ductwork like dust and dirt clouds thrown up by renovation work.
Cleaning the air vents should be done once a year. Most experts suggest you schedule the cleaning in either the Spring or the Fall. You should also have a vent cleaner in after any construction work. If it's been more than a year since you had your air ducts cleaned contact the pros at Steves at 720-419-7792.