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Air ducts are tricky parts of your home. They’re taken for granted and only seem to make their presence known when they’re not working. Right now, we don’t know how much a dirty duct plays into health problems or the levels of particles in a home, but the EPA recommends monitoring your duct system and getting it cleaned when signs point to it.

When do you get your home air ducts professionally cleaned?

From obvious problems like mold spores or recent home renovations to slower and less obvious problems like a steadily climbing energy bill, there’s plenty of signs that tell you it’s time to clean out your air ducts.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most common things that serve as a precursor to an air duct cleaning call.


The presence of mold spores needs to be investigated immediately. Mold can cause serious health problems and have a particularly nasty effect on those with respiratory problems. If the mold is in your furnace or any part of the AC system, then the air ducts need to be investigated and cleaned. Keep in mind that not all HVAC techs have training in dealing with mold and, while they can spot it, you should call a professional air duct cleaning service to take care of the problem fully.

Recent Renovations

Even if you don’t see any specific signs of issues with your air ducts, if you’ve had a recent renovation or moderately scaled construction project in your home, you’ll want to have your air ducts cleaned. Make it a scheduled part of your renovation project to end with a cleaning of your air duct to clean it of any debris or residual dust from the construction. There will be plenty of it settling into the air ducts.

High Energy Bills

A flux in your energy bills can result from any number of factors, but if you’ve ruled out obvious ones, turn to your air ducts. Though small amounts of buildup in air ducts don’t usually cause too much of a problem, ducts that have not been cleaned for a very long time can have so much build up that it blocks airflow, resulting in abnormal bills.

Related Questions

How Often Should I Get My Air Ducts Cleaned?

After you’ve had an initial cleaning to clear anything out, HVAC pros recommend 2 scheduled air duct cleanings a year. Your climate and the nature of your house will determine the best times of year for this, but at least twice a year is recommended across the board.

Can I Clean the Ducts Myself?

DIY air duct cleaning is not recommended. A professional air duct cleaning service uses commercial grade vacuums to clear debris and dust out of your ducts. There’s also the danger of coming across mold or more dangerous debris.

The turn of the seasons is always a great time to look into getting your air ducts cleaned out and ready for use. Keep an eye on their function in your home and call a pro when you think you need help.

Unique Air Duct Cleaning has helping Michigan residents breathe cleaner air in their homes for over 25 years. We are a family owned and operated business that provides the highest quality services to homes and businesses with our state-of-the-art Viper Whip System. It is the most advanced air cleaning system available!

Our advanced system can clean ducts in one pass as well as reach all contaminants at any angle due to its flexible design. Poor indoor air quality can lead to many health issues. Call us at 734-334-0604 to learn about what our air duct cleaning services can do for your home or business. We also offer dryer vent cleaning that can be completed at your convenience without being home!