Save Money and Your Health
Air ducts serve an important function in your home. They’re in charge of air circulation for your heating and cooling system and should be providing you with a consistently comfortable temperature, no matter the season.
They circulate the same air throughout the home multiple times, and since it’s the same air everyone within the home is breathing it’s important that it is as clean as possible. This, of course, is one of the biggest reasons for having your air ducts cleaned.
Cleaning the Air Ducts
Having your air ducts cleaned simply means having the build-up of contaminants and dust removed from within the ductwork of your HVAC system. Technicians use powerful vacuums to remove debris and dust, thus preventing it from being circulated through your home.
So, why should you have your air ducts cleaned? Basically, because they get dirty! While dirt and dust are the typical pollutants that accumulate within the air ducts, there are other factors that increase the need for regular air duct cleaning, including: pets, smoking in the home, water damage to the HVAC system itself or to the home, a remodelling project, and if anyone in the home suffers from asthma or allergies.
In addition to those in the home that have asthma or allergies, the elderly and young children are more susceptible to the effects of poor indoor air quality.
The Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning
The general rule of thumb is if your ducts look dirty then they probably are. Your dirty HVAC system should be inspected by a certified professional.
- Indoor Air Quality
This should be your primary concern, simply because you should think of the HVAC system as your home’s lungs. If you want your own lungs to remain healthy then you must also look after your home’s. Your HVAC is circulating the same air around seven times a day, and contaminants continue to build-up as it does so. If you don’t have them cleared out those contaminants could affect your health.
It also means your living space will be cleaner, as the re-circulated dust won’t be settling on your furniture.
- Energy Saving
The typical home wastes around 40% of their cooling or heating. Pollutants force your system to work harder, this not only increases your energy costs but it also shortens the lifespan of your HVAC system. Even with filters your system will still build-up dust and debris. Once the system has been cleaned, however, it operates properly and doesn’t have to work quite as hard to keep your home a comfortable temperature.
- Removes Odours
From tobacco use to wet pets and sweaty socks, there are plenty of odours that contribute to less than fresh air within the home. As your HVAC system recirculates the air it continues to fuel these odours infiltrating your senses. Your home will smell far fresher if you’re having your air ducts cleaned regularly.
- Improves the Efficiency of Air Flow
When you allow dust and debris to build up within your air ducts it restricts the air flow from your air conditioner or heater. Thus, forcing your system to work even harder to regulate the temperature within your home. So, not only will this increase your utility bills, it will also reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. So, if you wonder why despite running the AC for hours on end your home is still warm then you may want to ask yourself when the last time you had the ducts cleaned was.
What You Need To Consider
If you want the best from your HVAC system and you don’t want to pay a fortune in repair costs, energy bills, all while never feeling comfortable in your own home then find a local HVAC technician to give your air ducts a good cleaning.
You can always start by checking the system yourself, just make sure you pay attention to the following:
- Get protective gear. You don’t want to be checking anything without a face mask, gloves and a rain coat – the last thing you want is all that dust (or mold) getting into your lungs and on your clothes!
- You want to check for all kinds of things – not just mold and dust. There might be spider’s webs, ant nests, snakes … all types of bugs or vermin hiding out in there (another reason to wear protective gear).
- Check that the humidifier and de-humidifier on the system are in good working order. If they break down, you’re likely to get mold build-up which can be seriously detrimental to your health. If you don’t know how to do this part, ask a professional.
- Clean the air filters! You can do this yourself if you want (just Google some videos to see how its best done), or call a company to do it for you as part of a full service.
Basically, your best bet is to have someone else come and do the inspection and clean for you. It’s not only safer, but it will save you money in the long run – they know what they are doing! You want to keep your system maintained and checked regularly so you can enjoy the fresh air pulsing through your home, all year round.