It’s safe to assume that most people would agree that next to indoor plumbing, indoor heating and cooling are two of the greatest inventions of all time. Thanks to home air conditioners and heating systems, we can be comfortable day and night, 365 days a year. We don’t have to bake in the summer and freeze during the winter like our ancestors did!
Your home’s HVAC system makes living life comfortable; however, it has to be properly maintained to be energy and cost-efficient. Just like your home’s roofing, flooring, and indoor plumbing, the HVAC system needs to be maintained regularly.
According to the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Association (NADCA), “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.” When you have a dirty HVAC system, you want it inspected by a highly-trained HVAC specialist – it’s not a DIY project!
Below, we’re going to explain why it’s important to have your air ducts cleaned.
Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts
These days, a lot of homeowners are concerned about indoor air quality, especially if they have weakened immune systems, family members with asthma, or are particularly environmentally-conscious. Just imagine that your HVAC system is the lungs of your home. The system draws in air, and then breathes it out.
Unless a household uses only non-toxic products, the people inside a home generally use a lot of toxic substances in their home: air sprays, carpet powders, cleaning products, laundry detergents, and other chemicals. Not only that, but dander, dust, and other contaminates collect, polluting the very air that we breathe.
As you can imagine, these household pollutants are all sucked into the HVAC system, where they are recirculated multiple times a day, especially during the summer and winter months. Like lint on your dryer’s lint trap, these particles and contaminates collect on the duct work over time, where they’re blown into the indoor household air.
Dirty Air Ducts and Your Health
While dirty air ducts won’t necessarily cause identifiable health problems for people with strong, healthy immune systems, they can aggravate or worsen health issues in people with respiratory disorders, such as asthma or COPD, autoimmune disorders, or allergies.
Are There Energy-Saving Benefits?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 40 percent of the energy used to heat or cool a home is wasted. When the air ducts are weighed down by dust, contaminates, and other debris, the HVAC system has to work harder and the system’s lifespan is cut short. Even when you change out the filters, the HVAC system itself still collects dirt through regular use.
It’s a fact – when an HVAC system is properly cleaned and maintained, it doesn’t have to work so hard to maintain the homeowner’s desired temperatures. In effect, the HVAC system is more energy-efficient and cost-effective. After all, isn’t that what every homeowner desires?
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