Though you can’t observe them in action without some serious effort, the air ducts in your home are responsible for a very important function: circulating conditioned air throughout your house. And while you may not worry about them too much, you may want to change your outlook because those ducts also play a role in you and your family’s health.
Ultimately, the quality of the air inside your home depends heavily on the cleanliness of your ductwork. And if you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in quite some time (or ever), there’s a good chance your entire HVAC system and your health can benefit from professional duct cleaning.
What kind of benefits might you reap? Read on to find out.
1. Better Indoor Air Quality
The Environmental Protection Agency says the air inside the average building is up to five times more polluted than the air outside it. And yes, that’s likely true for your home, too — even if you clean and vacuum on a routine basis.
Unfortunately, thousands of household products that many people use contain harmful volatile organic compounds and chemical residues that have a negative impact on indoor air quality. And because many of those compounds become airborne, they can easily end up inside your ductwork. Once there, these health-harming substances continue moving throughout your home since your HVAC system continually recirculates the air that’s already inside your house.
If you want to breathe cleaner air when you’re at home, professional duct cleaning can go a long way toward making that happen. The service thoroughly cleans the interior of your ducts, so when your HVAC system kicks on, it won’t push out chemical residues and compounds that can harm your health.
2. Reduce Indoor Allergens and
When you don’t have your ducts cleaned regularly, they accumulate a substantial amount of dust, debris, and other allergy-inducing substances, such as:
● Dust mites
● Pollen and dirt
● Mold, mildew, and microbes (depending on moisture content inside the ducts)
As air circulates through your ducts into your living areas, it can carry with it any of the above substances. And while your filters will catch some of those particles, they can’t catch them all, especially if you use one of the more affordable, standard filters. The microscopic particles that can pass through your filters will eventually end up floating in the air inside your home, and each time you take a breath, you’ll breathe them in.
Having professional duct cleaning performed on a regular basis — once every two years is typically sufficient for the average home — will dramatically reduce debris accumulation inside your ductwork. As a result, fewer allergens will circulate into your living areas, and you’ll enjoy a better breathing experience inside your house.
3. Create Cleaner Living Areas
If your ducts are dirty and you run your HVAC system every day, chances are you deal with plenty of dust in your living areas. And though you dust regularly, the dust just keeps settling everywhere, right?
Routine duct cleaning can help solve your problem.
When you get your ducts cleaned regularly, your HVAC system won’t push out nearly as much dust and other particulate matter into your living spaces. The result? A more hygienic home.
4. Eliminate Unpleasant Odors
Any unpleasant odors inside your living areas will eventually end up inside your ductwork since your HVAC system continually recirculates the air inside your home. Pet odors, cigarettes, cleaning supplies, food preparation, and any other objects or activities that create strong odors can all contribute to a less-than-lovely scent inside your ducts.
As air circulates through those ducts, it’ll pick up odor molecules and carry them throughout your house. If you’ve been dealing with unpleasant odors you can’t seem to pinpoint, dirty ductwork may be the culprit. And regular duct cleaning is one of the best ways to help eliminate the issue.
5. Improve HVAC Efficiency
When your ducts are dirty, your registers are, too, and dirty registers do not allow for efficient airflow throughout your home. A clean system, however, will ensure peak airflow efficiency and as a result, you may notice a decrease in your monthly energy bills.
For the best improvement in HVAC efficiency, be sure to augment your regular duct cleaning appointments with furnace cleaning and a/c cleaning.
6. Extend Filter Lifespan
This particular benefit may not be true for every home, especially those where pets or smokers live because hair, dander, and smoke residue reduce filter lifespan naturally. However, this advantage is worth mentioning nonetheless.
When you get your ductwork cleaned regularly, you dramatically reduce the amount of debris that’s allowed to build up within the duct system over time. And when you better control debris buildup within the system, your ducts end up circulating cleaner air that doesn’t clog up your HVAC filters so quickly.
Schedule Twin Cities Duct Cleaning With Dust Doctors
If your ducts haven’t been cleaned in years (or ever), get in touch with Dust Doctors so we can help you improve your indoor air quality. We specialize in comprehensive duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, and a/c cleaning and serve the entire Twin Cities metro area. If you’re curious what we can do, check out our before and after gallery for some visual evidence.
To get started or learn more about our services, request a free quote, give us a call at 651-319-9777 or contact us online.
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