When Should Your Request Duct Cleaning?

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.

The Value of Residential 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.

When Does Your Home Need Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Beyond HVAC duct cleaning services, we also provide dryer vent cleaning services – something you may not even think about until it’s too late. If you have a dryer in your home, cleaning its vents is more critical than you may think. Nearly 3,000 dryer fires happen every year, and 34% of them occur because the owner neglected to clean the vents. Yearly dryer vent cleanings extend your appliance’s lifespan and also keep you and your family safe.

Dryer vent in a home being cleaned out with a round brush. There is a large pile of lint that has been removed from the vent on a white tiled floor.

Consider a dryer vent cleaning if:

  • Your dryer takes longer than usual to dry clothes
  • Clothes have a burning smell after they go through the dryer
  • The room feels overly hot when you run your dryer
  • You haven’t cleaned the vents in over a year

Regularly cleaning your dryer vent helps to prevent fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, damage to your appliance and increased utility costs. Why wait to clear your vents? If you think you’re at risk, get in touch with us today.

The Value of Dryer Vent Cleaning

Your dryer, transition duct and exhaust duct are all places where the lint from your laundry can build up, which may promote the growth of mold and bacteria. It will lower the efficiency of your dryer because it blocks smooth airflow. As your dryer works harder to compensate, it may overheat and even start a fire.

Lint is one of the most flammable items in the home — it is cited as the cause of more than 15,500 house fires in the United States every year. According to the Topical Fire Report Services of the US Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System, 84% of dryer fires happen in the home rather than any other location. Out of these dryer fires, 54% of them are confined to the dryer (the object of origin).

In most cases, a dryer fire starts because the homeowner has failed to clean their dryer vents regularly. Like your air ducts, you cannot see the inside of your dryer vent and may not be aware of the amount of lint that is accumulating in your system.

If you’re due for a dryer vent cleaning, come to the experts at Tuckey Restoration. Our cleaning services will make your dryer both more efficient and safer to operate.

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 and dryer vent 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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