Clogged air vents and filter are the leading cause of furnace problems. Dust and debris in the vents, ducts, and filters inhibit airflow throughout the home. The furnace has to work harder to deliver the same results as if the vents were clean. Dust Doctors can clean the vents and air ducts in your home to keep the furnace from wearing out prematurely. We offer professional cleaning for all residential properties in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area.


What Happens When a Return Vent Becomes Dirty?

Although the air filter in the furnace traps much of the dirt circulating throughout a house, it doesn’t catch all the dust. Whatever makes it through the vent ends up polluting the air ducts and collects on the return vent. The return vent contaminates the air and pushes it right back out into the house. The air moves around until it ends up coming back through the filter and into the furnace once again. This cycle happens throughout the day, every day, all year long.


In addition to causing your energy bill to skyrocket, the reduced airflow can cause the heat exchanger in the furnace to overheat. Once the exchanger overheats, it may shut down too soon and create a colder environment during the Minnesota winters. Eventually, you’ll need to call a Dust Doctors technician to perform an HVAC cleaning.


But there are other ways that a dirty return vent can affect a furnace’s efficiency:


The Fan Has to Work Too Hard. As the fan recirculates the polluted air through the house time and again, the HVAC fan has to work twice as hard to draw air through the home. It can use up to 15% more energy to accomplish this task.


Frozen Evaporator Coils. You may have opened up the HVAC unit cover and discovered a thick layer of ice across the coil. Ice formation is the direct result of dirty vents, ducts, and filters - all of which contribute to the problem. When air can’t pass through the coil fast enough, it can’t dry the condensation that forms. The condensation turns to ice during the cooling process.


Poor Heating/Cooling. When dirt and dust clog the system, it cannot efficiently heat or cool your home. You may turn the heat up or the AC down, but it won’t do any good. When the vents are spewing dust and dirt into the air, it will collect somewhere in the HVAC unit; thus, drastically reduced air flow.


System Failure. When all the components in the HVAC unit have to work twice as hard to heat or cool a home, something will break down faster than it should. The result could be hundreds of dollars in repair or thousands of dollars in system replacement.


Dust Doctors is Ready to Clean the Vents in Your HVAC System

The bottom line: Hire Dust Doctors to clean the vents in your home. A clean system will operate more efficiently and keep your energy bills and repairs low. To schedule a cleaning, call us today at 651-319-9777, or you can message us on our contact page. We provide HVAC cleaning, duct cleaning, and vent cleaning for residential properties across Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

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