As the heat of the summer comes to full on force this July and August, our home air conditioning systems are sure to be at full blast. While you keep your home comfortable with this luxury, you likely aren’t thinking about all the ductwork hidden behind your walls and above your ceiling. These hidden passageways carry the air throughout your home.
While you don’t have to clean your ducts often, periodically getting them clean is important to keep your HVAC working at its most efficient level. According to Environment Protection Agency (EPA) studies, just .042 inches of dust can drop ductwork efficiency by more than 20 percent. So, keeping them clean saves you money!
There are a variety of other benefits to cleaning your air ducts. It can improve the circulation of your air, can decrease the amount of allergens in the air in your home, will decrease the amount of time you need to change your air filter, and can decrease the amount of dusting you’ll have to do in your home. Inspecting and cleaning your air ducts also allows the finding of air leaks and the ability to spot insulation issues. Buildup of dust in your ducts can also increase the chance of a fire.
The first thing to remember about cleaning your air ducts is, it is not a DIY job. Professional air duct cleaning addresses supply and return ducts, air vents, and diffusers. Special brushes and vacuum equipment are necessary to effectively remove debris, as well as the safe application of chemicals to address issues such as mold. Duct cleaning also includes the professional cleaning and maintenance of your heating and cooling system. To prevent damage to your system and exposure to harmful contaminants and chemicals, professional, trained duct cleaning is essential.
When is it time to get my air ducts cleaned? Valid question. If you turn on your system and see a visible poof of dust, this is a sure sign it is time for a cleaning; however, there are more subtle signs. If there is any sort of smell coming from your vents, there may be mold accumulating from humidity in your system. When you replace your air filter, check the duct. If you see a visible, substantial buildup of dust, it is a good time to get your duct cleaned.
Who: Professionals only.
What: Your air ducts should be cleaned.
When: When you see dust when turning on, see a buildup of dust when changing air filters, or smell something odd coming from your vents.
Where: Hidden behind your walls and above your ceiling.
Why: To keep your system efficient, to save you money, to reduce allergens, to decrease the amount of dusting you have to do, and to decrease the chance of an untimely fire in your home.
Hopefully this information has been helpful to you in your never-ending search to keep your home safe, clean, efficient, and in working order. If you would like to have someone come inspect your air ducts or schedule a cleaning, get in contact with us and we will point you in the right direction. We are here to put you first, and prevent any issues to your home. Thank you for being a part of the home team!