If you’re like the average homeowner, there’s a good chance you don’t know very much about the air ducts snaking their way through your home, and we understand! Your ductwork is mostly hidden from view for a reason, after all. You shouldn’t really have to think about it all that much. But the fact is, from time to time they need attention.
We’d never expect you to know all the ins and outs of your HVAC ductwork, but there are definitely a few things we would like to share with you about how dirty cuts can impact the quality of your indoor air.
Professional duct cleaning can be hugely beneficial for your ductwork, which is tasked with moving air into your home every time you use your air conditioner or heating system. Here’s why this service is totally worth it…
Professional Duct Cleaning Will Help Indoor Air Quality
The primary reason most homeowners have professional duct cleaning done is to boost their indoor air quality (IAQ). Yes, it’s true that your HVAC systems both have an air filter. But this air filter is in place to protect the HVAC systems themselves, and not necessarily there to improve your indoor air quality.
You may also have another indoor air quality system in place, such as an air purifier. This is great! However, whole-home air purifiers are installed at the return duct, where air first enters the system. The rest of the ducts remain largely unprotected, and because of this can accumulate wear and tear in the form of loose joints, pinhole leaks, and small tears that not only let conditioned air out, but let pollutants in.
This means your ductwork, and therefore your home, can get infiltrated with allergens, dirt, debris, irritants, germs, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Our professional duct cleaning services allow our team to get in and completely remove this debris, meaning that allergens and germs are less likely to make their way back into your living space.
Professional Duct Cleaning Can Help HVAC System Performance
All of the dirt and debris that could be in your air ducts right now might be interfering with the performance of your forced-air HVAC systems. The most efficient HVAC systems cool or heat the air being blown into your living space without any restriction to airflow. But if you have dirty (or even damaged) ductwork, this can absolutely impact airflow.
Your air conditioner or heater will have to “work harder” to get their jobs done. Essentially this means they may have to run longer than they should have to in order to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat. This means you’re paying for air conditioning or heating that you’re not able to take full advantage of.
“How Often Do I Need Duct Cleaning?”
It’s a good idea to have professional duct cleaning done at least every few years. It’s also at this time that our professionals can thoroughly check your ductwork for damage. After all, if you have tears that are allowing debris in, it means that they’re also allowing heated or cooled air out. We want to remedy that for you!