Professional Air Duct Cleaning: A Crucial Step in Preparing Your HVAC System for Allergen Season

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When the sun is out and the flowers are blooming — it can only mean one thing: Spring is here. While the spring season is something that many Twin Cities residents look forward to, it can be the opposite for allergy sufferers. With the beautiful flowers also comes an increase in pollen counts and airborne pollutants, causing runny noses, itchy eyes, and other exacerbated symptoms for those with allergies. Fortunately, one way that families can minimize the effects of allergens in their homes is by scheduling professional duct cleaning services.

Our HVAC experts at Dean’s Home Services want you to be able to breathe easier in your home, which is why we offer duct cleaning services that will help keep your ducts free of contaminants. In this blog, we’ll cover how duct cleaning services can help reduce allergy symptoms for you and your family and offer DIY maintenance tips to help you keep your system free and clear of unwanted pollutants.

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Common Contaminants in Your Air Ducts

Your home’s ductwork provides the perfect place for pollutants to hide out undetected. There are many contaminants that can find their way inside your air ducts, the most common of which are:

  • Bacteria
  • Dirt
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Viruses
  • Volatile organic compounds 

When these contaminants are in your air ducts, your HVAC system can end up circulating them back throughout your home, contributing to increased allergy symptoms, poor respiratory health, and even triggering asthma attacks.

Can Cleaning Your Air Ducts Help With Allergies & Asthma?

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Yes, professional air duct cleaning can help minimize allergy symptoms and reduce your risk for asthma attacks. By thoroughly cleaning out your ductwork, you’ll eliminate allergy-causing contaminants like pollen and dust mites from your indoor air supply, providing a safer, healthier environment for your home. Similarly, removing these materials from your ductwork can minimize the likelihood of experiencing an asthma attack.

Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts

Beyond eliminating harmful pollutants from your indoor air supply, cleaning out your air ducts can provide additional benefits for your home, including:

  • Enhanced efficiency: As pollutants accumulate in your ductwork, it can lead to restricted airflow that can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency. Addressing this problem through professional duct cleaning can help increase your energy efficiency and reduce cooling expenses during the spring season.
  • Odor elimination: Mold, pet dander, and other airborne contaminants can contribute to foul odors spreading throughout your home. By cleaning out your ductwork, you can eliminate these odors and enjoy a fresher, cleaner living environment.
  • Extended HVAC life span: Significant buildup of debris within your ductwork can cause your HVAC equipment to work harder than it needs to, resulting in premature replacement needs down the road. Professional ductwork cleaning can help extend your system’s life span so you can enjoy lasting comfort for the long term.

DIY Maintenance Tips for Keeping Your Ducts Clean

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While nothing beats professional air duct cleanings, there are some DIY maintenance tips that homeowners can use to keep their systems cleaner for longer. The most impactful strategy you can employ to prevent debris buildup is regularly changing or cleaning your air filters. This should be done once every 90 days; however, you may need to change your filters more frequently depending on your allergy symptoms, the type of filter you have installed, and if you have pets in your home.

Additionally, you’ll want to ensure your vents and registers are kept clean and free of obstructions. Periodically clean these areas to remove any buildup of dust and debris, and ensure they are kept open to encourage adequate airflow and prevent placing unnecessary strain on your HVAC system.

Call Dean’s for Duct Cleaning Services in the Twin Cities

It’s recommended that you have your ductwork professionally cleaned at least once every three to five years. If it’s been longer than this since your last duct cleaning appointment or if you’ve noticed increased dust in your home, don’t hesitate to contact the knowledgeable HVAC experts at Dean’s Home Services. Our heating and cooling professionals in the Twin Cities area are licensed and insured, boasting over 100 years of combined service experience. We are uniquely capable of cleaning out your air ducts to ensure smooth, stress-free HVAC operation while helping to minimize the presence of allergens in your home. We also offer a comprehensive range of other indoor air quality solutions and air conditioning services to ensure your home stays cool and your air stays healthy all spring and summer long.

Schedule a duct cleaning service in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or the surrounding areas by calling 763-515-4852 today.

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