There is a lot of back and forth on whether or not it is a smart decision to have your air ducts cleaned. Just like everything else in your home, they get dirty! Depending on the last time you had them cleaned, and how long you’ve lived in your home, they can get really dirty. Dirty air ducts can cause poor air quality in your home which can affect your family members in different ways. Here are some factors that increase the need for your to get your air ducts cleaned soon:
- Allergies or Asthma
- Cigarette or cigar smoke
- Renovations or Remodeling
- Damage to the home or HVAC system
Occupants in your home that are kids, elder, or suffer from allergies and asthma are more sensitive to contaminants in your home’s air ducts. When gone uncleaned, they can allow dust, debris, pest droppings, and even mold. All of that is then filtered into the air in your home which you and the members of your household are breathing in daily.
When you go about your daily routine in your home, we stir up a great deal of contaminants such as pet dander, dust, skin particles, even chemicals. On average, these contaminants are re-circulated through your home 5-7 times a day, which can cause them to build up in your air duct system.
Having dirty air ducts doesn’t necessarily mean that the air quality in your home, school, or office building is poor, but it can be harboring contaminants that can be harmful for anyone with autoimmune disorders, respiratory problems, or environmental allergies.
Did you know that 25-40% of the energy used to heat and cool your home by your HVAC system is wasted? Built up debris and contaminants within your HVAC system can cause it to work much harder and shorten its life. Air filters can help catch some of these particles, but your HVAC system still gets dirty from normal use.
When your HVAC system and air ducts are cleaned, it reduces the amount of work your system has to do to maintain the temperature you want, and overall can help save on energy bill costs.
Hire A Professional
Don’t try to clean your air duct system yourself. Depending on the age, air ducts can be brittle and easily damaged. A professional air duct cleaning company has the tools and expertise to correctly and carefully clean your vents.