An HVAC system is designed to control the atmosphere of your home in order to make it as comfortable and safe as possible. But as with any system, it must be maintained and repaired when necessary in order to prolong its lifespan. One aspect of keeping your HVAC system in good condition is cleaning your air ducts, which is a complex but worthwhile process. Here’s what you need to know about air duct cleaning.
What Is Air Duct Cleaning?
Air duct cleaning is the process of removing dust, grime and other contaminants from the metal shafts, or ducts, that move air throughout your home. It also involves cleaning other parts of your HVAC system like diffusers, heating and cooling coils, drip pans, fans and the inside of your outdoor unit. Every part of your system is involved in moving and regulating the temperature of your air.
But this system and its individual components tend to get dirty over time. They can collect dust, hair, grease, chemical residue and decaying matter from animals or insects that may have snuck in. Mold also tends to grow in air ducts as a result of moisture distribution. Such contaminants and allergens, if they are allowed to continue growing and collecting, may stray out of the ducts and enter your home’s atmosphere. From there, they can be a trigger or risk factor for health problems, especially for those who are more susceptible to illness, have compromised immune systems or suffer from chronic disease or allergies. Having your HVAC system cleaned when necessary can help prevent these problems and foster a healthier environment in the home.
How Air Duct Cleaning Helps
Besides keeping your air clean and helping prevent the dispersal of pathogens in your home, air duct cleaning is also a good thing to do for two main reasons:
- It extends the life of your HVAC system: HVAC systems tend to stop working over time due to age and use. Filth collecting inside the unit and ducts, as well as on the fans and coils gradually impedes the system’s ability to perform. Cleaning it properly will help it get back to proper working condition and enable it to keep working for months and years to come.
- It saves energy: Saving energy is important to a lot of homeowners, especially when the electric bill comes. It’s also good for the environment. Unfortunately, 25-40 percent of the energy used to power your HVAC system is often wasted. This can be a result of dirty ducts that force the system to work harder. So even if you don’t have a sensitive health condition, it’s still good to get your ducts cleaned every once in a while.
Should You Get Your Ducts Cleaned?
Not everyone needs to get their ducts cleaned regularly. Often, the best ways to keep your HVAC system in good shape are to regularly replace your air filters (every 30-90 days) and keep your outdoor unit free of rust and debris. However, if it has been a long time since your air ducts were last cleaned, it may be helpful to check on them again.
What To Expect From An Air Duct Cleaner
The first thing an air duct cleaner will do is test your HVAC system for contaminants to determine how much work is needed. This includes testing air quality and taking an extensive look at the inside of your unit and ducts (which is often done with a fiber optic camera). Then they use specialty air duct cleaning equipment and tools like brushes and vacuums to get the contaminants out of the inner workings of the system. They will clean the individual components and also work to protect the ductwork and the interior of your home from being damaged or affected by the contaminants that they are cleaning out. Then they’ll seal any holes and ensure the system is properly insulated so that your HVAC unit will work properly for a long time. They may also offer advanced services or system upgrades for improving airflow and filtration.
We Can Help!
If your HVAC system needs to be cleaned, we’re here to help. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced in this area, and our duct cleaning process is thorough so that you can breathe easy. We know the effects that good air quality can have on a household, and we want to ensure that you can enjoy quality of life in your home. And if you need emergency HVAC work done, we’re available 24/7 to help you. Contact us today for more information!