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The Importance of a Professional Duct Cleaning

air duct cleaningAmidst all the spring cleaning festivities, or cleaning during any time of the year for that matter, it is easy to overlook certain chores because they seem less important. One of those chores is duct cleaning. It may seem like getting your ducts cleaned is not a big deal; however, it is exactly the opposite. Getting your ducts professionally cleaned every 3 to 5 years is vital to not only the cleanliness of your home, but also to your health. Especially for those with allergies, upon completing a cleaning of a home’s HVAC ductwork can provide an instantaneous and very evident relief.

Here are the top five reasons air ducts should be professionally inspected and serviced every 3 to 5 years:


By properly cleaning their air duct system homeowners protect their families from harmful dust and other contaminants. Air ducts provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and other allergens.  Children under the age of four are particularly vulnerable and the result may be allergies or asthma.  Seattle Healthy Projects reports, “New research indicates if children do not come into contact with asthma triggers between birth and four years old they may never develop asthma.” Having your ducts clean will not only significantly better the health of young children, but also people of all ages.


Many air duct systems are located in a home’s basement which can easily take on any kind of moisture. This moisture may cause mold and mildew to grow in and around the ductwork.  A professional cleaning company, such as Hitchcock Clean & Restore can not only clean your ducts for you, but also add an anti-microbial into the system after the cleaning to prevent any potential future growth.


Animal fur gets trapped in the vents and builds up living germs, fungus, and allergy-causing bacteria. Pet dander will still exist from a previous owner and will cause reactions for people with allergies. The fur and dander can also hinder the efficiency of the HVAC system. Clumps of hair can slow down the airflow for the entire system.


New homeowners may do constant dusting only to find the dust back the very next day. The reason is the dust continues to flow through the house and ductwork until it is properly cleaned.  Newly built homes will have drywall dust and construction debris in the ductwork before the owner even moves in.


Years of dust, hair, pests, and other pollutants in ductwork will hinder an HVAC system’s airflow.  A proper cleaning will help remove the buildup and promote the proper airflow needed to run the system at peak efficiency. The spiders, insects, and rodents that have been living and dying in ducts for years will be cleaned out as well from a thorough cleaning.

Not only will a regular duct cleaning help to reduce the health issues of anybody who enters your home, but it will also ensure your system is working smoothly and last a long time. Not only does this properly maintain a home, but it keeps the quality of indoor air as pure as possible. Give Hitchcock Clean & Restore a call, we have the proper training and expertise to efficiently and effectively get your ducts in tip-top shape and make home-sweet-home that much sweeter.