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Why You Should Clean Your Ducts in the Fall

Do you know what is inside your ductwork?  Most people do not know the answer to that question.

Most people do not think about having their ductwork cleaned during the fall, but this is the perfect time. Up to 40 lbs. of dust, pet dander, contaminants and other materials can collect in your ductwork throughout the year.  In addition, your air ducts can have mold and bacteria growing in them. 

Fall is a great time to get your ducts cleaned as the heating season is almost here.  See below for more information on the benefits to having your ductwork cleaned in the fall by the pros at Dependable Service:

Reduction in Dust

It’s amazing to think about how much dust can accumulate in your ducts throughout the year.  Actually, up to 40lbs a year can accumulate in your ductwork.  Some of the dust recirculates through your home when the HVAC system is working, and the air blows over the dust in the ducts and vents. Air filters will catch some of the dust, but some will still end up in your house. Reduce the dust in your house and ductwork by having them cleaned.


The more dust, pet dander, mold, and contaminates that are in your ductwork, the more there will be to circulate in your house. If you or anyone in your family has allergies or respiratory problems, all of that dust and contaminates can lead to an increase in symptoms. This can be especially true if you or a family member has fall allergies Cleaning your air ducts will help reduce the irritants floating in your house. 


Dust and contaminate accumulation can stress your HVAC system, causing it to work harder to bring your house to the desired temperature. If you notice your system running more than usual, dirty ductwork could be to blame.  It is best to have ductwork checked by a professional to ensure your system is running properly. 


Have you noticed a burning smell when your heat turns on, or has your house been smelling less than fresh lately?  Have you noticed dirty spots or dust on your registers and vents?  These are all signs that you could have dust and contaminates, including mold, mildew, pet hair, pet dander, and VOC (volatile organic compounds) building up in you ducts.  If your house does not smell like it should, your ducts could be the problem.  Call on the pros at Dependable Service Plumbing & Air to help clean them out.  Connect with us online now to schedule service.

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“Dependable Service Plumbing & Air sent a pressure washing company out to clean my entire driveway, when only three small spots were unintentionally put on the corner of my driveway when my neighbor was having a replacement water heater installed. Tommy, the owner of Dependable Service Plumbing & Air, came out to look at my driveway right away, and he had Winston out to clean not only the spots off, but my entire driveway, including my front porch. Winston was very professional, as he explained the difference in concrete between my driveway and my front porch. He also explained the reason for some bad rust stains that were there as a result of metal objects that were mixed into my driveway concrete by my builder. He did an excellent job on everything, and my driveway is now clean enough to have it coated with a light concrete paint (two coats) that I had already contracted out to have done. Caretaker Services Pressure Washing did such a good job of cleaning (about 2,200 lbs. pressure on my driveway & about 400 lbs on my front porch with a household cleaner first) that my coating contractor told me that what is left of my rust stains will all be covered over by the light colored paint. I am very pleased, as he gave me a great education along with a great cleaning job! Also, I will now use Dependable Service Plumbing & Air as my plumber for all my future plumbing needs, as they did a great job for my neighbor!” –- Bill B.

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