What’s in your Ducts, and how often should you have them cleaned?

Breathe Better Indoor Air Quality Specialists are here to service all your Saskatoon Indoor Air Quality needs. They are your go-to Saskatoon furnace and duct cleaners.

Breathe Better is committed to providing clean and healthy indoor air quality, even during a global pandemic. They always follow best practices in sanitizing equipment between clients, maintaining a comfortable distance between technicians and clients, and offering unique sanitizing options to help you keep safe and healthy. In our latest helpful indoor air quality article, we talk about how frequently you should clean your furnace and ducts and why!

What’s in your Ducts, and how often should you have them cleaned?

It’s a question we’re asked often, and the answer varies from home to home. So, it’s time to talk about what could be lurking in your ducts. From construction debris and dust mites to viral and bacterial organisms, and more. When we look at our indoor air quality on a microscopic level, you may be surprised at what you find. And considering that indoor air is up to 2-5x more polluted than outdoor air and we spend upwards of 90% of our time indoors, let us shed some light on this for you.




How do my ducts get dirty?

Just how do they get dirty? If you regularly clean your home and still frustrated with the amount of dust you see, it may be coming from your ducts. With homes becoming more air tight and energy efficient, we have created a trap for outdoor pollutions to find their way into our homes and work spaces and get stuck. I suppose that the tradeoff to keep that hot air in.  so what exactly is in there:

  • Pets may be a major contributor to the dust in your home. Some of our furry best friends shed an enormous amount of hair and dander, and as we may try our best to mitigate the spread, a lot of this hair and dander ends up in our ducts.
  • Excessive cooking could put additional pathogens into the air, to be filtered out in the duct system. These food particulates getting trapped in your duct could lead to the next topic.
  • Viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens could be introduced in a variety of ways. When occupants are sick, airborne particulates could enter the ductwork, finding the ideal transportation to infect new hosts. Some bacterial organisms could live for some time in the ducts, depending on what kind of organic matter is present. Mouse nests (not necessarily in the ducts) will distribute all kinds of bacterial and virus into the ducts, quickly becoming a hazardous environment, requiring specific remediation. Air ducts can also become the ideal environment for fungal growth. Once mold has taken hold inside a building, it can be hard to remove. It is in your best interest to call a local remediation company to ensure that the potentially deadly contaminants are properly removed.
  • Furniture? That really is a nice new living room and bedroom set you just purchased. And I really like how the white trim brings it all together. But did you know that those new couches and wood surfaces are coated with chemicals to help keep it all new and fresh until sale? These chemicals off-gas, entering the indoor space and getting trapped in the ducts. You can help lessen the off gas by having your new furniture cleaned when you get it home.
  • Routine cleaning in the home, like vacuuming and sweeping, send dust and other particulates into the air. Once in the air, these particulates like to float down into the return air ducts to settle in or plug your air filter.

These are just a few things that dirty up the system. We could go on about bug bits and self-grooming, but you get the idea: ducts get dirty and it effect our indoor air quality.

How often should I clean my ducts?


That’s a good question, but unfortunately, there’s not one answer to that. The National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) recommends cleaning every 3-7 years, and that it depends on a few factors. You should consider what kind of environment you’re in, also consider the points mentioned in the last section, “what’s in your ducts?” just like the furnace itself, your ducts need regular maintenance, and you, the homeowner likely will know when is best for cleaning. If you’re still unsure, you can always call the indoor air quality specialists, who help you Breathe Better.


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  • Residential and commercial furnace and duct cleaning
  • Residential and commercial dryer vent cleaning
  • Furnace Filter Maintenance
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