Most people invest time and money into maintaining their homes. They do so to keep the home looking good, to keep a safe, healthy environment for themselves and their loved ones, and to prevent costly repairs and replacements that may become necessary if there was negligence. Out of all of those reasons, health and safety is often of top priority.
Just as with other elements in your home, your air ducts also need regular maintenance. Although you may not think about them often, the air ducts in your home or business should be cleaned regularly.
In fact, having your air ducts cleaned is one of the most frequent home maintenance routines most people perform. This is because if an air conditioner breaks, the home becomes quite uncomfortable. Also, replacing such systems can be very costly. There are many important benefits to air duct cleaning.
Our rule of thumb is, “If your ducts look like they’re dirty, they most likely are.” You should be cleaning your air ducts regularly, to maintain a wide range of benefits.
Here are a few reasons why it’s important to keep your air ducts clean.
1. INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Indoor air pollution is now listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as the fourth greatest threat to the health of Americans. When your heating or cooling system is on, it draws airborne contaminants into your air ducts. Over time, these contaminants build up and can pose a health risk to you and your family.
Potential contaminants include dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, allergens, bacteria, and carbon monoxide. With regular cleaning, you are removing these contaminants from the air circulating in your home or workplace, which can provide relief for allergy and asthma symptoms.
2. REDUCE DUSTING
Within a year, one six-bedroom home accumulates upwards of 40 pounds of dust. Often, the air duct system in your home is where dust can build up and circulate throughout all the rooms of a home. Cleaning these ducts reduces dust build up greatly.
3. SAVING ENERGY AND MONEY
According to a study, nearly 25-40 percent of the energy used in heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminant build up can greatly reduce the life of your system and cause it to work much harder than necessary. A buildup of just .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can cause a 21 percent drop in efficiency.
Cleaner air duct systems means less energy is spent, noticeably reducing your heating and cooling costs. When the system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain your desired temperature levels. Even with filters, your heating and cooling system will accumulate dirt and dust through normal use. Regular cleaning will help lower your monthly utility bills and save you considerable money.
4. EXTENDING THE LIFE OF THE EQUIPMENT
Around 90 percent of system failures are caused by dirt and dust. Accumulated dirt and dust can reduce the efficiency of the fan in your air handler, which keeps your heat exchanger cool. With a reduction in the efficiency of the fan, you can see a drop in cubic feet of air per minute by as much as 50 percent, causing cracks to form in heat exchangers.
With regular cleaning, you can mitigate the effects of aging and breakdowns on your system. Replacement parts and labor for air ducts and air conditioning systems are very expensive, and a complete replacement could cost thousands of dollars.
5. REMOVING ODOR
If you smell a musty odor in your home, it could mean that you have dust, mildew, or mold spores present in your air ducts. Air fresheners and candles don’t eliminate the problem; rather, they seek to cover it up with pleasant scents. A thorough clean will help you solve the problem at its source. A professional air duct cleaning should eliminate that smell almost completely. If the smell remains, you may need to have the odor removed from your carpets as well.
Besides just regular upkeep, you should also clean your air ducts if any one of a number of events recently happened in your home or place of work.
- If water enters the air ducts via leaking, a faulty water pipe, leaky roof, or faulty condensation management by your air conditioner
- If there is a flood or a fire
- If mold is discovered
- If pests such as mice or cockroaches are discovered in the ducts
- If you’ve had a major remodeling done to the place
- If you’re moving into a new home
If any of these have happened to your home, it is important to get your ducts cleaned as soon as possible. Doing so will help you avoid more serious damage or odor buildup, and keep your home in top notch condition.
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