When is Air Duct Cleaning Necessary? hvac vents

Experts, in most cases, recommend cleaning residential air ducts every three to five years. You should also have yearly inspections, as severe dust buildup can create issues for your HVAC system. You should get your ducts cleaned:

  • If you have just moved into your home and do not know when it was last done.
  • After having renovations done, as construction produces above-normal amounts of dust.
  • If you have a mice or vermin problem.
  • If you think there is mold developing in your ductwork.


More frequent cleanings may be necessary if:

  • A member of your family has asthma, severe allergies, respiratory illness or heightened sensitivity to air pollution.
  • A member of your family smokes.
  • You have pets.
  • Your home is older.
  • Your home has a dust problem.

Contact us if you have any questions about the frequency of your duct cleanings.

How Important is Air Duct Cleaning?

Your air ducts transport your air throughout your house continually as you use your heating or cooling system. As this air cycles through the ducts, it will pick up whatever is inside those spaces. Without regular cleaning, you may not know what harmful contaminants could be in your air ducts. Common irritants include:

  • Animal dander
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Bacteria
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Fungi

These particles are why indoor air is generally two to five times worse than outdoor air. For multiple years in a row, The Environmental Protection Agency has ranked various risks to public health, and indoor air pollution is one of the top five.

When you use your heating and cooling system, these irritants cycle through your system and lower the air quality in your home. This process is especially irritating for those with health conditions like allergies, which more than 50 million Americans have. Total Health and Better Health magazine estimates that the cause of allergies for one out of four people who have them is the fungi and bacteria in their air duct system. Particles also aggravate asthma and other respiratory afflictions, and it can lead to neurological issues and certain cancers.

You can vastly improve your indoor air quality with regular air duct cleaning. Watch this video, which further explains the importance of high air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Solution 

Frequently Asked Customer Questions:


Telltale signs that your air ducts need to be cleaned are noticeable debris accumulation, an increase in dust or allergy symptoms in your home, an increase in your electricity bill and HVAC efficiency fluctuation. Our Tuckey experts are happy to review and evaluate your system to help you figure out whether duct cleaning is needed at your home or office, so you can contact us today for more information!

In a basic air duct cleaning, professionals should check and clean all major components such as supply air registers, supply air ducting, return air registers, return air ducting, turning veins, diffusers, and reheat coils. They should also check and clean the interior components, including fan housing, condensate drip pan, and filter racks. Learn more or contact us about our expert duct cleaning service here.

Homeowners can expect to pay $600 – $1,000 for professional, thorough, and qualified duct cleaning services for the average home. Pricing may change depending on special conditions, such as if your air duct system is located in a crawl space or attic, if you have additional equipment that needs to be cleaned (for example, a humidifier, coils or electronic air cleaners), or if you have requested sanitizer to be applied. Learn more about potential special conditions and air duct cleaning benefits here


A general rule of thumb to go by as a homeowner is to consider duct cleaning every 3 – 5 years. However, those with allergies, pets, or smokers in the home, or other special circumstances may need duct cleaning more frequently to maintain their indoor air quality.  

New home buyers should also consider duct cleaning before moving into a new home to ensure that there are no leftover construction particles or dust in the home’s vent system. 

If you own a commercial business, manufacturing plant, or warehouse, the recommended air duct cleaning frequency is once a year or more. This is because certain facilities and businesses may be required to perform duct cleaning frequently in order to maintain a certain level of indoor air quality.

If you have additional questions on air duct cleaning services or indoor air quality, feel free to contact our Tuckey experts for more information!

If you can benefit from HVAC system efficiency gains, energy savings, and cleaner air, air duct cleaning is definitely worth it for you and your home. While many homeowners utilize preventive maintenance plans for their appliances, air duct cleaning is a specialized cleaning service. In this service, the ductwork system and components that deliver air to the various rooms of your home are checked and cleaned. If this is a service you would be interested in, you can learn more about the specific benefits of duct cleaning or contact our Tuckey experts here!


Tuckey Restoration Offers Local Duct Cleaning Services for Central PA Homes

With roots dating back to 1968, the Tuckey family of companies has been helping central PA residents live better for more than 35 years. Tuckey Restoration offers dryer vent and duct cleaning services to homes throughout the area.

With a team of skilled technicians and a commitment to delivering exceptional value in everything we do, we will help you save money while maintaining your home’s optimal indoor air quality.

A periodic investment in duct cleaning is a vital part of keeping your family healthy and your home running its best. If you’re overdue for a cleaning or have any questions, contact the local ductwork experts at Tuckey Restoration today. We clean ducts and dryer vents in Shippensburg, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Harrisburg and beyond. Call us at (717) 249-7052 or fill out our service inquiry form.

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Get rid of the pollutants that build up in your ducts.

Our restoration services include cleaning ducts and dryer vents. Contact Tuckey Restoration for expert duct cleaning services for your Carlisle, PA home.

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