Ahhh, breathing in a breath of fresh air. Its refreshing. Its even invigorating to take in the crispness of a beautiful day and be filled with energy. But what if the clean air we breathe was replaced by dirty, dusty, contaminated air that clogged our airway and never got cleaned out? We wouldn’t last long.
Heating and air conditioning systems operate similarly to that of our own lungs. They take in all the elements in the air and in order to recycle it cleanly, they need attention and maintenance; otherwise, they will just spit back out the impurities they are fed.
There are two main reasons to maintain and clean your ductwork at home. You can probably guess what the first one is:
Air Quality In a six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through every day living. Dander, dust, and chemicals collect and are pulled in through your ductwork and re-circulated 5-7 times a day. Eventually, they collect and compound and what you have lurking in your vents and ductwork is a massive clump of dust and contaminants. As your furnace continues to operate, it must push through these elements that often get sent back into your home. This can cause extreme health problems for people with respiratory issues, autoimmune diseases, and allergies. It also creates a struggle for your system to operate, which leads us to the next reason.
Energy Savings The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the 25-40% of energy used for heating and cooling is wasted because it is not used efficiently. Having contaminants clogging your system causes it to work harder to maintain your desired indoor home temperature. Working harder to do its job causes strain on the system and shortens the life of your HVAC unit. Air filters help to a point, but they can’t eliminate everything.
Cleaning ductwork places a continuous negative pressure with a vacuum inside the ductwork, which prevents the spreading of contaminants that are present. Fine particles are removed so that they don’t become airborne back into your home.
Give your Kentuckiana HVAC a clean bill of health and a breath of fresh air by scheduling your next ductwork cleaning. We can recommend a local company that will keep your air clean and your HVAC system running smoothly.