One of the most common complaints homeowners make about their indoor air quality is a stuffy or muggy feeling–particularly when temperatures have been as warm as they’ve been lately.
Now, there are a lot of factors that contribute to this. First off, it may simply be an extraordinarily humid day. Relative humidity levels above 50% are considered to be beyond comfortable. A whole-house dehumidifier is one home comfort system that will help with this issue.
Another thing that happens with that humidity though, is that it creates a cool, damp environment inside your ductwork. This leads to the growth of mildew, not to mention the accumulation of dust and other debris as it moves through the ventilation system and gets stuck inside. As you can imagine, over the years this will lead to quite a nasty situation inside your ducts. And this is where professional duct cleaning comes in!
The Power of Regular Duct Cleaning
Fortunately, duct cleaning isn’t something you have to have done every year. But it will be highly advantageous to your home and the health of your family if you invest in this service every 3-5 years (depending on the level of contaminants in your home and the health situation of your household).
If you’ve never had your air ducts cleaned out before, you’re likely overdue. You’ll definitely notice some immediate benefits once you have it done. These benefits include:
Better Indoor Air Quality
Would you believe that the average six-person household can circulate 40+ pounds of dust through an HVAC system each year?! It’s true! Your air ducts are basically a reservoir for debris, including allergens like dirt, dust, pet hair, cigarette smoke, home cleaning products, and more.
All of these particles can set off the symptoms of allergy and asthma sufferers, and even make healthy people ill. You can clean your house diligently every day, but if you have dirty ducts, it may not matter. Duct cleaning gives you and your home a fresh start.
Improved HVAC Efficiency
One of the main reasons an HVAC system struggles to work efficiently is due to its ductwork. Or rather, due to damaged or dirty ductwork. Even a very thin layer of dust puts resistance against airflow, which can affect how long and how often your HVAC system runs–leading to inefficient operation.
If it’s been 5 or more years since you’ve had your ductwork cleaned out, there’s a very good possibility that you’re paying more for HVAC use than you should be.
Longer Equipment Life
With the reduced airflow and dust infiltration that occurs when you have dirty ductwork, the wear and tear on your HVAC system will accumulate faster. This means your HVAC system will wear down faster. A well-cared-for air conditioner or furnace has the ability to last 10-15+ years. Don’t you want to give your system its best chance?
Be sure to get in contact with a trained, licensed, and experienced professional if you want thorough duct cleaning done. Otherwise, you could wind up with subpar service that will leave you needing duct cleaning again a short time later.