How long has it been since the ductwork in your home got cleaned out? Have you ever had your ducts cleaned? If you're like a lot of people, you've probably never had your ducts cleaned. Although you may have cleaned the exterior of the vents every so often, the ducts themselves have remained untouched. It is, however, a good idea to have your vents cleaned professionally on a regular basis. This is usually every 3 to 5 years, though can be a little more or less often depending on various environmental factors. Some reasons why you should seriously consider having your ducts cleaned include the following.

Remove allergens: In some areas of the country, there are times when you can literally see when the air is full of pollutants. Pollen or smog can form a haze in the air that can actually limit visibility. But most of the time, air looks clean and healthy even when it is not. Indoor air quality can be especially bad as a result of dust mites, pet dander, and so on. All these near-microscopic particles get drawn into your heating or cooling system and even the very best filters can't remove everything. After a few years, you'll have a buildup of dust in your vents that only a professional duct cleaning will be able to remove.

Discover damage: In forced-air heating or cooling systems, the air is circulated through the system by means of one or more powerful fans in the air conditioner or furnace. This fan creates vibrations that you may or may not be able to hear but that can impact the workings of your ducts. Over time, the different pieces of ductwork can start to come apart as a result of these vibrations. When this happens, you'll be heating or cooling your attic or crawlspace instead of your actual home. In order to prevent wasting your money in this manner, it's a good idea to have a professional duct cleaning and inspection performed on a regular basis.

Better efficiency: Over time, dust buildup in your ducts will impact and sometimes reduce the airflow. Because it happens gradually, you may not even realize that this is happening. But if one room has started becoming hotter or cooler than the rest of the house, the reason may be because of impeded airflow in your ducts. A professional duct cleaning will remove the buildup of dust and cobwebs that may be impacting the efficiency of your air conditioner or furnace and regular cleanings in the future will help to prevent it from happening again.

For more information, reach out to a duct cleaning professional in your area.