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Have you checked your air ducts lately?

How to check your air ductsAir vents are designed to blend in with your walls, so it’s easy to understand why many homeowners forget to keep their ductwork system clean. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Your air ductwork may be housing all kinds of dust and other allergens that you can’t see. Learn more below about why you should consider having your air ducts cleaned.

Professional attention: While you may be able to remove some debris by snaking a vacuum cleaner hose into your ducts, you may need professional help if you see a long trail of dust beyond what your vacuum can reach. Certified air duct cleaners use a HEPA VAC machine designed specifically for cleaning air ducts.

Energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling uses more energy than any other system in your home, accounting for about 48% of your utility bill. And even when filters are used, dust and debris can overwork your system in reaching comfortable temperatures. Having your ducts cleaned eases airflow and increases the efficiency of the system.

Improved Indoor Air Quality. Our everyday living habits generate a great deal dust, dander and other air pollutants that are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated into our indoor air. Having your air ducts cleaned removes this accumulated debris, improving the quality of your indoor air.

Professional air-duct cleaning services are recommended every five to seven years for most households. This can vary depending on the number of people in your home and whether you have pets, carpeting, etc. Contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® HVAC specialist by calling 1-800-277-9400 to learn more about our professional air-duct cleaning services.

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