How Often Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?

As homeowners, there are a lot of maintenance tasks that need to be done regularly. If you remember to have your furnace and air conditioner tuned up at the beginning of every season, then you’re doing a great job. But what about your air ducts? Should those be inspected, too?

In our most recent blog, Novak Heating and Cooling, Cedar Rapids’ trusted HVAC professional, discusses how often air ducts should be cleaned and the benefits of having duct cleaning services performed.

How Often Should Ducts Be Cleaned?

Unlike your furnace, you don’t need your air ducts serviced on an annual basis. Experts recommend having your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 years. Because your ducts are built into your walls, they’re hard to reach and inspect properly. However, there are standard procedures with air duct cleaning that your technician should follow.

During an air duct cleaning, your technician will inspect the system for asbestos-containing materials. They will use a vacuum to clean out the chemicals in your vents, and brush surfaces to remove settled dust inside the vents. Your technician may also seal any cracks they find in the ductwork. 

Check Novak’s Specials page for discounts on these services. If you find a service that is offering to clean your ducts for very cheap, they are probably only cleaning your main ducts and may charge an additional fee for the air handler and other heating and air conditioning components. 

How Can I Tell When My Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?

Air ducts tend to collect dust, chemicals, and allergens. These particles flow through your ducts and circulate in your home. It takes a long time for these particles to become noticeable, but when they are, it’s obvious. How often homeowners should change their ducts also depends on how much dust is in your vents. If you see dust and debris accumulating at the bottom of your registers, it’s a good idea to clear out that debris with a vacuum. Then inspect other air vents in your home. If your vents are caked with dust, then it’s a sign your air ducts need to be cleaned. You might also see dust buildup inside your furnace and on your air filter.

It’s a good idea to have ducts cleaned after a home construction project. Dust from sanding or chemicals from paints and cleaners can live in your vents. These allergens should be removed from the air so you can breathe easily. Allergens like mold can live in your ducts as well. If you or your family are allergic to mold or have noticed mold in the house, having your ducts cleaned can help prevent the spread of mold even further. 

What Are the Benefits of Having Ducts Cleaned?

Having air ducts cleaned can benefit your HVAC system. If your ducts are free and clear of dust, then your heating and cooling system can function better because nothing is restricting the airflow. Keeping up on regular ductwork cleanings can help extend the life of your HVAC system. Unclogged ducts are more energy efficient because they circulate air better throughout the house.

Having your ducts cleaned is a great idea if anyone in your home suffers from allergies, allergic reactions or respiratory problems. Removing pollen, dust, and other chemicals from the air can help improve indoor air quality.

Contact Novak for All of Your HVAC Issues

If you want to have confidence that clean air is circulating in your home, then contact the experts at Novak Heating and Cooling for a whole home air duct cleaning service. The frequency in which air ducts should be cleaned depends on how much dust you see in your home and if you’ve had recent renovations. You may be surprised at what our technicians find in your ducts. Contact Novak today to schedule your air duct cleaning service today.

How Long Does a Furnace Tune-Up Take?

It’s been hot this summer! While you might think your air conditioner maintenance is a priority right now, it’s actually your furnace you should start thinking about. The end of summer is the perfect time to schedule your seasonal fall tune-up with Novak Heating and Cooling.

The HVAC experts at Novak are here to answer all of your questions about your furnace tune-up, such as what’s included with it, how much it costs and how long it takes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Furnace Tune-Ups

A furnace is a complicated HVAC system that you don’t want to stop working when it’s the coldest day of the year outside. That’s why the technicians at Novak are Cedar Rapids’ go-to experts for all things HVAC. 

Why Should I Have My Furnace Tuned-Up?

Having your furnace tuned up on a regular basis is a preventative measure. You want to make sure that you have your furnace tuned up before you turn your heat on for the first time in the fall. This way if there is an issue with your furnace, it’s fixed and running efficiently before you start relying on it for heat in the winter.

If your furnace does break down and it’s covered under warranty, your manufacturer may want to see service records. If you haven’t had your furnace regularly serviced, your claim might not be covered. 

How Often Should I Have My Furnace Tuned-Up?

Your furnace should be tuned-up every year in the late summer or heating season. Our tune-up schedule fills up fast! Calling now seems silly when it’s so hot outside, but there’s a good chance we might not be able to come out until colder temperatures start creeping in. Then you’ll be glad you called so early.

How Long Does a Furnace Tune-Up Take?

A furnace tune-up can take between an hour and a half to two hours. But it mostly depends on the age of your furnace. If they find you need more substantial repairs, it may take longer. However, if your furnace is new and in a clean location, it could take less time. 

What’s Included with a Furnace Tune-Up?

Here’s what’s included in a tune-up:

  • Clean and calibrate the thermostat
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Clean and adjust burners and controls
  • Check for leaks in the heat exchanger
  • Clean and adjust the pilot assembly
  • Vacuum the furnace interior
  • Check belts and adjust the tension
  • Clean and adjust the fan control
  • Inspect your air filter and flue pipe
  • Check carbon monoxide levels when your furnace is running to ensure there are no carbon monoxide leaks

If we find anything out of the ordinary, we will let you know and suggest the best course of action. 

Can I Do My Furnace Tune-Up Myself?

If you’d like to save some money, you can try to tune up your furnace yourself. However, we’re professionals for a reason. We’re prepared for every contingency and have every part and tool we need handy. Furnace  tune-ups aren’t a clean or easy chore. But in the end, most homeowners agree that it isn’t worth it to do it yourself. 

What If I Forget to Schedule My Furnace Tune-Up?

No matter what season, scheduling a furnace tune-up is a great idea. However, if that’s one thing you don’t want to have to keep reminding yourself to do, let us remember for you. Sign up for one of our Worry-Free Maintenance Contracts. We’ll give you reduced rates on spring and fall service calls and priority scheduling. Never forget an annual furnace tune-up again!

Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up With Novak Today

Don’t wait until your heat doesn’t turn on this winter! The heating, cooling and indoor air quality technicians at Novak are here to help! Contact us today if you have more questions about furnace maintenance and then schedule your fall tune-up.