In this article, our Burlington carpet and duct cleaning experts attempt to answer three very important questions: 1) How often do you need to clean your ducts?  2) Does your newly-built home require duct cleaning? 3) How urgently do you need the ducts cleaned?  The focus of this article is on the current season – Fall.


Before we delve into the topic of fall duct cleaning, it’s important to be aware of duct cleaning scams that are going around lately. We’ve had several calls from clients asking us questions about whether they need their ducts cleaned or not.  The source of most concerns is the telemarketers who call them repeatedly and mask their numbers in order to avoid penalties imposed by the CRTC.

We caution you when hiring unknown home repair or duct cleaning services. It’s important to review the credentials and qualifications of the company and its employees/contractors and read the fine print of any contract you sign. Very often, the price only includes some ducts for cleaning when it should include all. As well, be wary of the upsell, and seek a second opinion before agreeing to the services. Seeking a second opinion often costs very little and can offer you more insight into the problem if it exists.

To ensure you are getting your money’s worth, we recommend you hire a local professional company like Kleen Rite, who has decades of experience and the technology to show you the before and after results.

How often should you have your ducts cleaned? 

We recommend that you have your ducts cleaned every three years in order to optimize your home’s air quality.

Do newly-built homes require duct cleaning?

We recommend that you get your ducts cleaned if you have a newly-built home. The building process usually creates a large amount of dust and debris, which is often not removed by the building crew when they turn over the keys to you.

How urgent is duct cleaning?

Fall is the worst time for allergy sufferers. Ragweed is the biggest trigger in autumn. The yellow-coloured weed starts releasing pollen in August. This can last until September and sometimes even October. Mould is another trigger. Mould spores love wet spots outside of your home. Damp leaves that fall in September and October are the ideal breading grounds for mould. And last but not least are dust mites. They often get stirred into the air the first time you turn on the heat in the fall.

While duct cleaning is not urgent, it can really push people around. Some of the symptoms you may experience include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and even dark circles under your eyes. You may not control the allergies you experience outdoors, but you don’t have to suffer the same fate indoors. Indoor allergies can always be reduced by regularly cleaning your ducts and improving air circulation.

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