You may have heard a radio ad for duct cleaning or seen a commercial. Or your air conditioning repair company may have recommended you had it done after they repaired your unit or performed annual maintenance. Regardless of how you heard about duct cleaning, you may be wondering if it is something you really need and what the benefits are. Duct cleaning involves removing all of the dirt, dust and build up that accumulates in the ductwork in your home. Here are a few of the benefits of having your ducts cleaned.
Reduces the Amount of Dirt and Dust Blowing Through Your Home
One of the major benefits to having your ductwork cleaned is that it reduces the amount of dirt and dust blowing in your home. If dirt and dust are sitting in the ducts, the air that is blowing through these vents may kick up the dirt and dust and blow it into your home. This may mean you have to dust and vacuum your home more frequently. Or it may irritate those in your home with allergies or breathing conditions, such as asthma. Having your ducts cleaned every one to two years helps to prevent this dirt and dust from accumulating inside of there and making your home dirty.
Increases the Energy Efficiency of Your HVAC, Furnace and/or Air Conditioning
The other major benefit to having your ducts cleaned is that it can actually increase the energy efficiency of the appliance you are running through your duct work. When your ducts are dirty, the dirty, dust or dander that sits inside can slow down the flow of air. And the longer the air sits in your ducts, the less cold or hot it will be. This means the air coming from your air conditioner will heat up a bit as it sits in your ducts and the air coming from your furnace will cool a bit sitting in the ducts. This means you will have to run your appliance longer to get the desired temperature you want if the ducts are dirty. Clean ductwork helps prevent this problem.
It is recommended that you have your ducts cleaned and inspected every one to two years, depending on the amount of dirt and dust in the area you live, the frequency with which you run your appliance and any health conditions of family members that require the air to be cleaned. Cleaning the ducts frequently helps to keep your home clean and allows your HVAC, furnace or air conditioner to work as efficiently as possible.
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