How often should I clean my HVAC system?

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That’s a great question and one many homeowners have asked themselves in the past. Like mopping your floors or dusting the furniture, each component in your HVAC needs specific attention. However, the answer to your question is multifaceted, so let’s break down the three main areas to consider: your ductwork, your furnace, and your central air unit.

Cleaning your ductwork

Most of the time, when a homeowner talks about the need to clean their HVAC system, the first think about their ductwork. It’s a good idea to schedule an appointment for ductwork cleaning every two to five years.

Why every two to five years?

Well for starters, think about all of the importance the media placed on indoor air quality over the past several years. This is true for your homes as well as the workplace. Dust and debris both collect inside of your vents, which can have a negative effect on the air you breathe.

However, did you know that insects and other pests can make their way into your vents? There, they sometimes get stuck and can’t make it out. An annual cleaning will both find and remove these biohazards.

And if you needed a financial reason to do so, the more clogged your ducts are the less efficient they’ll operate. In turn, this will lead to higher heating or cooling costs.

Cleaning your furnace

We recommend most homeowners schedule an annual cleaning for their furnace unit. A great time to do this is in the month or two leading up to the start of the cold weather season.

However, there can also be reasons to clean it or have it inspected outside of those months. For example, visually if you see dust and debris inside of your furnace unit itself it should be cleaned right away.

Another clue that your furnace may be due for cleaning is if your monthly gas bill seems excessively high compared to the weather outside. Although natural gas prices can fluctuate, it tends to be relatively stable month to month. If your bill is normal one month and skyrockets the next, despite not using it more than usual, that’s a telltale sign your furnace needs to be cleaned.

Cleaning your outside central air unit

The final component, when you need to clean your HVAC system, is the outside central air unit. You can (and should) clean off any pollen or grass clippings as soon as you notice them. However, the inside of your system also needs regular maintenance. Because of the specialized components inside it, you should schedule an annual inspection and cleaning with a professional. Everything from the evaporator coils to the condenser and more needs to be well-maintained to work properly.

Contact Beehive Heating and Air

Whether your HVAC system is brand new or has some years on it, our team is ready to assist you with any problem you encounter. If you need a full system replacement, we can help. Likewise, if you’re experiencing a few oddities with its normal operation, let us know.

Contact Beehive Heating and Air by calling us at (801) 980-0903 or by filling out our short contact form here.

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