Duct cleaning is a procedure that is usually reserved for when a problem is discovered in your ductwork. It is a reactive solution, reserved for when it is necessary and no other time. Why is it this way, though? Truthfully, because people do not know how helpful preventative duct cleaning can actually be to heating systems. Having your ducts cleaned regularly can improve the health of your heating system. It can also improve the air quality in your home. This is because the dust and dirt is removed from the ductwork so it is not distributed throughout your home. If you notice it is harder to breathe, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the ductwork system in your home.
Increase in Heating Efficiency
The US Department of Energy estimates that home heating systems lose up to thirty percent of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork. That is almost a third of your heat that goes wasted every time you turn your heating system on. This causes the system to work longer to reach a comfortable temperature, consuming more energy and costing more money on your heating bills. Since these leaks are small, and the ductwork is mostly invisible to homeowners anyway, there is often no way to detect them without having a professional examine the ducts. That means that this loss of heating efficiency will persist unless something else prompts a duct cleaning, or you schedule preventative maintenance. If you are unsure if the ductwork should be cleaned, make sure to contact us, and we can inspect it for you. If a cleaning is needed, we can schedule a time that works the best to remove the dust, dirt, and contaminants from the air ducts.
Removing Contaminants from the Air
The air filter included in most forced air heating systems is designed to protect the system itself from dust and particulates, not the house as a whole. To help remove the pollutants you can invest in an air purifier. If you are not sure which one would be the best for you, we can advise and recommend one that is right for your home. Mold, insects, viruses, bacteria, and all sorts of other nasty things can make a home in the ducts of your heating system, being circulated throughout the house when the heat is turned on. This can exacerbate allergies, make you sick, and generally decrease the quality of the air in your home. Regular duct cleaning removes all of these contaminants, restoring the air quality in your house and improving your quality of life.
Regular Maintenance is Important
Besides having the ductwork cleaned, the HVAC system should be inspected on a regular basis. This can help to ensure the parts and components are working efficiently with one another. By having the system maintained, you can also help prevent a further issue from forming with the system. This can help increase the comfort of your home when you are in it this winter.