How Do I Know if My Home Needs Duct Cleaning?

As a homeowner, you may have asked yourself, “Do I need to get the air ducts cleaned?” The honest answer is, well, it depends. In this article, we’re going to explain how to know if/when to get the air ducts in your home cleaned and how to go about it.

Though you may choose to get your home’s air ducts cleaned on a semi-regular basis, many opt for regular home inspections and only have them cleaned when a problem is identified. Here are some red flags that should have you considering having your home’s air ducts cleaned:

  • There is a noticeable amount of mold growth within the hard-surface (e.g. sheet metal) ducts or on any other components of your HVAC system. However, you should be aware of these things when it comes to mold:
    • Although a substance may look like mold, conclusive identification can only be made by an expert. 
    • In the case that your home’s air ducts are insulated and the insulation gets wet or moldy, the only effective solution is to remove and replace the insulation.
  • The ducts are vermin-infested (e.g. insects or rodents) .
  • The ducts are clogged with dust and debris and/or these particles are released into your home from the supply registers.

It is important to be stated that if the conditions causing any of the problems listed above are not discovered and corrected, they likely will reoccur.

Here at Miller’s, we always check for the red flags above as part of our routine home inspections. With the latest and best Rotobrush Brushbeast duct cleaning equipment, our professional technicians are equipped with the tools they need to clean your ducts in the most effective way possible. Not only that, but our technicians are trained to use mold swabs and are experts at detecting microbial growth that may be present in your home’s air handler or ducts.

Want to schedule an appointment for a complete home inspection or air duct cleaning? Call Miller’s Services at (804) 581-0001 today or visit our page on duct cleaning at for more info!

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