If you are like most homeowners, chances are that you don’t give the condition of your home’s ductwork much thought. We understand! After all, most, if not all, of your air ducts are hidden from sight, traveling through spaces between walls and through your attic. Exposed ductwork might look fine in places like quirky restaurants and commercial businesses with high ceilings, but you don’t want it showing in your home.
This doesn’t mean your ductwork should be completely out of mind, though. Ductwork that has suffered damage or accumulated too much dust, dirt, and debris will lead to poor HVAC performance and subsequently high energy bills. What you need to avoid this is professional duct cleaning services!
“Wait, How Do My Ducts Get Dirty in the First Place?”
The reason your ducts get dirty is essentially the same reason you need to occasionally vacuum, sweep, and dust your home. Dust and other various airborne particle circulate throughout your home, and most of them pass through your ventilation system many times.
In fact, a six-room home can circulate as much as 40 pounds of dust in a year! This dust, along with dander, lint, and other contaminants settle on the inner walls of your air ducts and start building up. The more it does so, the faster it will increase and start impacting your indoor air quality as well as HVAC performance.
The Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning
The reason you don’t want your ducts to get too clogged up with debris is the same reason you don’t want an air filter in your HVAC system to get too clogged up either. The system simply can’t operate as effectively when it has obstructions. Keep reading for the major benefits of professional duct cleaning:
- Improved Energy Efficiency: The debris building up inside your ductwork puts friction on airflow, forcing the blower of your HVAC system to work harder and subsequently drain more power. If you’ve noticed a rise in your utility bills, the source could be clogged up ducts.
- Prevents Damage to Your HVAC System: All the dust and other particles accumulating in your ventilation system can get inside the HVAC cabinet. From here, it can damage motors and cause the condenser coil to freeze over, among other problems.
- A Cleaner, Fresher home in general: Having your ductwork professionally cleaned eliminates a huge reservoir of dust and other debris that you don’t want wafting through your home. Not only does cleaning your ductwork help the home stay clean, but it also removes irritating contaminants from your air.
Call Our Pros for Your Duct Cleaning Needs
You shouldn’t need duct cleaning done every year, like other HVAC maintenance tasks. However, if you have never had it done, now is probably the best time to get it. Generally speaking, we recommend duct cleaning every 3-4 years. This doesn’t mean taking it upon yourself to stick a vacuum hose up your registers—this would be ineffective at best. It means contacting trained and experienced professionals for the job.
At North Central Florida Air Conditioning, we are “Improving Lives by Improving Homes!” Contact us today.