Out of sight, out of mind. Our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems work tirelessly in the background, keeping us comfortable all year long, and it’s easy to forget about them while they silently plug along, getting the job done. But while your system is working quietly in the background, it could be getting clogged up with dust, allergens, and mold. 

When it’s time to have your HVAC cleaned, look no further than 1 Stop Cooling & Heating. We’re the go-to team for HVAC systems all over Armstrong County and Butler County. Call us to set up an appointment today at 724-664-1976 or request one on our website.

What Can Influence the Cleaning Schedule of My HVAC System?

There has been a lot of debate about how often you need to have your HVAC ductwork cleaned and if you even need to have it cleaned at all.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends a professional cleaning for your HVAC system every three to five years, and some methods can even extend that window to six to eight years. 

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However, that recommendation is only a general guideline. Many factors can impact how often you should schedule an appointment for a cleaning. When you’re deciding on a schedule, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are there allergy sufferers in your home? Dust, pollen, and pet dander can get trapped in ducts and that can trigger allergies or an asthma attack. If you notice worsening symptoms, consider more frequent cleanings on a schedule of every two to three years.
  • Do you have pets? Our furry friends are members of the family. But a downside to having pets is that they shed fur which can accumulate in ducts. If you have pets – especially those that shed heavily – more cleanings could be in your future. 
  • Any recent renovations or construction? Construction leaves dust and debris all over the place, and that includes ductwork. If you have plans for major renovations or construction, schedule a cleaning once the work is complete.
  • Have you seen signs of mold? Visible mold growth in ducts is a major health hazard. You’ll need professional cleaning and mold remediation to address the issue.
  • Is your HVAC system on the older side? Older HVAC systems or those that haven’t been taken care of might accumulate dirt and debris more easily. If an upgrade isn’t in the cards, add a few cleanings to your schedule.


What Are the Signs That My Ductwork Needs Cleaning?

A dirty HVAC system can lead to a variety of problems that include reduced airflow, respiratory problems, and higher energy bills. These are a few signs that your HVAC ductwork might need cleaning:

  • The house is getting dustier. Are you cleaning your home only to notice that your things are getting dusty again too quickly for your liking? An increase in dust could be a sign that your ducts are clogged and it’s being circulated throughout your house. You might also see dust coming out of the vents themselves.
  • Something smells off. Have you gotten a whiff of a musty smell coming from your vents? Don’t ignore it. Mold thrives in damp environments, and the condensation from your HVAC system can create the perfect conditions for it to grow.
  • The airflow has gotten worse. Are there some rooms in your house that are much hotter or colder than others? If your ductwork is clogged, air can’t flow properly and your system may work better for some sections of your house than other areas.
  • You’re seeing critters. Has there been an uptick of rodent or insect sightings in your house? They may have found a cozy new home in your ductwork. This isn’t only unpleasant, but it can also spread allergens and contaminants.

Is DIY Duct Cleaning an Option, or Should I Hire Professionals?

Considering cleaning your air ducts on your own to save some cash? We understand the allure…but you should pump the brakes before you get in over your head or miss an issue that needs to be repaired.

The technicians at 1 Stop Cooling & Heating can look at your entire system and identify potential problems beyond just dust buildup. We’re trained to spot mold growth, signs of leaks, and disconnected ductwork that an untrained eye might not see.

Then there’s efficiency. We have high-powered vacuums and specialized tools like rotating brushes to clear out those hidden nooks and crannies that snake throughout your house. We can remove dust, debris, and allergens deep within the ductwork.

Schedule Your Next Cleaning With 1 Stop Heating & Cooling

Regular duct cleaning by a professional will help reduce the strain on your HVAC unit and save you money on energy bills in the long run. Trust the HVAC experts from 1 Stop Heating & Cooling to get the job done. Call us now at 724-664-1976 or click here to request an appointment.