It's a good time to get your *ducts* in a row... - Scout Realty Co.

It’s a good time to get your *ducts* in a row…

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With many still isolating or being asked to quarantine, getting good air quality in your home is more important than ever. Heck, it is never a bad idea to have clean furnace filters and air ducts in your house, but beyond that, you and your family deserve clean air in your home. And I can help!

Every one of my buyers can share that I give two pieces of advice the day I hand over keys. First, rekey your locks. Second, clean your ductwork prior to moving into your new home. The first recommendation is a safety issue and no brainer. You have no idea who might have access to the house you just bought. Now let’s think about the second – do you really want to be breathing in air that has been cycled through filters and ducts that has picked up hair, dander, (and more!) from people or pets you don’t even know? True story: one of my coworkers had her ducts cleaned upon moving in, and was told they had probably not been cleaned out in 40 years: ewwww!

So…when was the last time your ducts were cleaned? In my new home I had zero idea, and I must be honest, it took me nearly eight months to have this done. Every time I turned on the heat, I imagined breathing in the hair, dust, skin cells, etc. of the past owners and their animals. I know that is gross, and I meant it to be. Seriously, get this work done.

If it’s been longer than 3-5 years, it is time to schedule cleaning. Use the shorter end of that timeline if you have pets. As much as we love our dear furry buddies they can have a pretty serious impact on your indoor air quality and HVAC efficiency.

As a very important side note, dryer vent cleaning can be done at the same time as your duct cleaning for a pretty minimal cost. This is a proactive safety measure for all homes.  As many as 2900 house fires a year are reported to have started with a dryer vent. Yikes! 

Lots to think about, but easy to take care of.

I recently used a small, family-run business to clean my ductwork and dryer vent. They were a darling father and son team and were in and out in about an hour. They were kind to us and did a good job, and they didn’t even pay me to say that! Google also has a ton of options.