Five Must Know Signs That it is Time to Clean Your Vents and Ducts

Worker cleaning air ducts

Everyone talks about duct and vent cleaning but how do you know when and how to do it?

Great question.

There are some signs that perhaps only a professional like us at Royal Vent would be able to recognize…. but with attention, you can certainly recognize some signs as well.

The comfort of your home is impacted greatly by its air quality. Particles of dust, mold, pollen, and spores can affect even the healthiest of people.

Your home is your safe haven where you should most certainly be able to trust in your surroundings, right?

This is why it is crucial to be able to recognize signs when it is time to do some duct and vent cleaning. As a professional and trusted resource and business here on Long Island, we at Royal Vent Cleaning, want to help you to be aware of the following signs:


  1. Do your air filters seem to get clogged often?
    Are you all too often running to the hardware store to buy more filters to swap out on your own? This can be a sign of a deeper problem. Of course, changing filters should be on every homeowner’s to-do list but if you are doing it often, then it is time to check on the air ducts.

  2. Is there an odor that seems ‘not quite right’ in the system when turned on or just running?
    If so, this is a telltale sign that you need serious ventilation cleaning. If you detect an unpleasant smell and can’t find the source, it most definitely can be coming from the duct system.And who wants that?If you get up close to any vents and detect an uncommon odor, then we suggest bringing in a technician to help identify the cause. At Royal Vent cleaning, we have come across this issue and happily were able to help and relieve the concern of our customer.
  3. How about the air flow?  Does it seem unstable or just performing poorly?
    If you picture a free flowing unblocked system, then you can visualize equal airflow and equal output. When you notice that the air is coming out at inconsistent strengths and quality, then it is an indication that cleaning id =s needed because the flow of air is being blocked.
  4. You dusted yesterday and now you need to dust again today? What’s going on?
    You know your own home so rely on that.  If it doesn’t accumulate significant dust and then suddenly it seems to be a constant battle, then it is very likely due to clogged and dirty vents or ducts.
  5. Are you concerned that your heating and/or cooling costs are higher than usual?
    Let’s face it.  Costs of running of household certainly add up. But there are ways in your control to help minimize that.Regardless of the season, your heating and cooling bills should be somewhat predictable. Keep an eye on the energy use. If you notice your bills are on the rise compared to some months before, your home systems could be to blame. In situations if the ductwork is blocked so that air cannot flow with ease from the heating and cooling system, the furnace and air conditioner will have to use more energy to maintain the set thermostat temperature. This extra energy directly translates to increased bills. In such situations, furnace ductwork cleaning becomes necessary. Many of our clients here on Long Island have mentioned to our Royal Vent Cleaning professional that their costs to run energy decreased after a cleaning.

    If you have any or all of these signs then it could be time to engage the services of Royal Vent Cleaning.  In no time, you will have an eye, nose and ear for keeping you home healthy and safe.