The Process of Cleaning Ducts
Cleaning out dirty ducts might seem like an easy process, but there are many components of your heating and cooling system that are cleaned along with your ducts to ensure that the entire system is free of dirt and debris. Professional cleaning of your ductwork includes removal of dirt in coils, registers, drain lines, drain pans, blowers, motors, and other HVAC components. A professional will use specialized equipment to get in all the tiny spaces throughout your heating and cooling system to ensure that there is no grime left that can dislodge and dirty your ducts.
Reasons to Schedule Duct Cleaning Services
Routine HVAC maintenance is essential to preserving the useful life of your heating and cooling system. Even if you are not experiencing any issues with your ducts, it is recommended that you schedule a cleaning every few years.
There are factors that contribute to the need to schedule HVAC system cleanings more frequently. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends that households with increased levels of indoor pollution should have their ducts cleaned more frequently. Households with pets and smokers are more likely to have dirty ducts because of dander, cigarette smoke and other byproducts of these activities.
You should also consider scheduling cleaning services after the completion of an indoor construction project. Debris and dust left over after a remodel or renovation can accumulate in ducts and circulate in the air.
Households with family members who are prone to allergic reactions and asthma attacks should also schedule more frequent cleanings. Dirty ducts only serve to circulate allergens throughout your home. People who suffer from allergies and asthma may find that their symptoms are more noticeable when ductwork is not properly cleaned.
Benefits of Duct Cleaning
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that having your ducts cleaned can improve indoor air quality. However, the EPA does point out that it is important to hire an experienced professional to take on the job.
Removing the dirt and debris from your ducts prevents these pollutants from being circulated into the air that your family breathes. Cleaner air throughout your home can lead to fewer colds and a reduction in allergy symptoms. Improving the quality of the air in your home is especially important for households with an asthma sufferer.
Getting your ducts cleaned can also save you money. When ducts are coated by dirt and debris, it is more difficult for air to flow through them. Your system has to work harder to force conditioned air to circulate throughout your home. The end result is increased utility bills. Keeping your ducts clean helps to prevent poor air flow and improve efficiency. The end result is more even heating and cooling throughout your home and a reduction in your monthly utility costs.
Another benefit of clean ducts is a more comfortable home. When air is able to move freely throughout your ducts without being blocked by dirt, your HVAC system is able to work as intended to keep each room comfortable. If you have ever experienced uneven heating and cooling in different rooms throughout your home, this is a benefit that can end the frustration of having to stop using a certain room in extreme temperatures due to insufficient indoor climate control.
For more information about keeping your ducts clean, check out Lunsford Air Conditioning and Heating’s duct cleaning solutions or call 850-203-3200.