Our friend Kelly here in Sacramento is having some problems with dust and allergies (join the club!). She asks:
“Hi there, Bell Brothers. I live in downtown Sacramento, off of Broadway in Oak Park, just outside the downtown grid. I have such a nice little house. It’s quaint, but just roomy enough. What I like about it most is that it was built many, many years ago in the Victorian style; it has that classic outside design to it. What I don’t like, though, is that the previous owners took spotty care of the HVAC system. We had to have all new ducts put in when we bought it!
Anyway, what I want to know now is, how often should you clean your air ducts in Sacramento? Like many of the people we meet around here, we’re kind of new to the area, having recently moved from the Bay where it wasn’t nearly as dusty and for whatever reason our allergies weren’t as bad. I feel like I’m sneezing all the time! Since I can’t ask the old owners how often they cleaned their ducts, I figured I’d reach out to you. Thanks!” – Kelly in Sacramento
Welcome to Sacramento, Kelly! I’m glad to see you’ve wasted no time fixing up your house and reaching out to a local HVAC professional for advice about maintenance. You’ve done the smart thing, so today I’m going to repay the favor by answering your question: how often should you clean your air ducts in Sacramento?
How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts in Sacramento?
Let’s get right to the business of how often you should clean your air ducts in Sacramento. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, homeowners should get their air ducts cleaned every three to five years.
…homeowners should get their air ducts cleaned every three to five years.
Given the unique makeup of Sacramento’s topography—as well as its abundance of so much unique flora and fauna—I often suggest homeowners in our region stick to the shorter end of that recommendation, going with a thorough duct cleaning every two to three years.
As even the newest person to our city has no doubt noticed in their first few weeks here, Sacramento has trees—an awful lot of them. In fact, we have the largest urban tree canopy in the country, and the third largest in the world. When the wind blows and the spring blooms, that’s a whole lot of gunk that can get into your ducts, be circulated through your house by your HVAC system, and leave you a sneezy mess. That, however, is where the regular cleanings come in!
Why Maintenance Matters for Clean Air Ducts in Sacramento
Now that we’ve addressed how often you should clean your air ducts in Sacramento, I’d like to move on to why regular duct maintenance matters for more reasons than just air quality. I’ve talked quite a bit about ductwork in the past, with previous topics such as the cost to install ductwork for central air and signs you should replace your ductwork. One of the things I almost always mention is that well-maintained ducts can actually save you money.
…well-maintained ducts can actually save you money.
See, part of getting a thorough air duct cleaning from a trained professional is that they will also check your ducts for problems like holes, tears, and poor seals. When any of those three problems exists, the air heated or cooled by your HVAC system can leak out into spaces like your walls, crawlspace, and attic— all places where you don’t spend much time. By ensuring that your ducts are clean and sealed, though, you can ensure maximum efficiency—and a lower monthly utility bill.
Why You Should Leave Cleaning Your Air Ducts to the Pros
I’ve talked in the past about why you should leave new duct insulation work to professionals, but I also think it’s best to leave air duct cleaning work to the pros as well. There are a couple of reasons why, the first of which is that—take it from me—it’s not a whole lot of fun to clean air ducts in Sacramento. There’s all kinds of dust and debris in there.
Even if you do manage to pull off a thorough DIY air duct cleaning job, there’s really no way for an untrained eye to effectively find (to say nothing of repairing) any problems in their ductwork.
Secondly, by hiring a trained and experienced professional, you ensure that you get the thorough air duct checkup I mentioned above. Even if you do manage to pull off a thorough DIY air duct cleaning job, there’s really no way for an untrained eye to effectively find (to say nothing of repairing) any problems in their ductwork. Professionals have all the expertise and equipment one needs, though, to thoroughly and efficiently check ductwork for breaks that need to be repaired. I highly recommend that you call one out to your house for this very reason.
In closing, I’ll give one more piece of advice for anyone out there who might be new to Sacramento. Yes, we definitely have our problems with allergies here, but you can and should take steps within your home to cut down on the pain to your sinuses. One of the most important things you can do is make sure you have your air ducts cleaned often.
When dust and other allergens get into your air ducts, which happens a lot in Sacramento because of our many, many trees, it’s only a matter of time until they also get into the air that you breath in your home. With that in mind, I strongly recommend contacting the trained professionals at Bell Brothers today to schedule your next air duct cleaning!
At Bell Brothers, our trained duct maintenance and repair professionals would love to help you make sure that your home gets its regularly-scheduled duct cleanings so that you can—literally—breathe easier. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation.
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