The Importance Of Duct Cleaning

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The Importance Of Duct Cleaning

11 December 2014
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Duct cleaning often gets overlooked because it is the behind the scenes of your heating and air unit. Even though you don't think of the ductwork as much, it is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. Since the ducts carry the cool or warm air throughout your home to keep it at a comfortable temperature, these ducts need to be clear so that they work efficiently. Continue reading to learn why you should have your ducts cleaned regularly.

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  • Extends the life of your HVAC system by making it work less hard
  • Reduces heating and cooling bills by using less energy to keep comfortable
  • Moves less dust and dirt throughout the home or building
  • Reduces maintenance and repair requirements with a clean system

Health Problems Affected by Dirty Ducts

Sinus Problems and Allergies

If you don't clean your ducts regularly, the dust, debris, and dirt builds up and travels with the air into your home. Instead of breathing clean, fresh air while you are in your home, you are breathing in all of these allergens and pollutants.

Some people will not be bothered by the particles in the air, but if you have existing sinus or allergy problems, you will suffer. Your allergies will worsen, and you will suffer from more frequent sinus infections than before. So if you find that your allergies are worse, seemingly out of nowhere, have your ductwork inspected and cleaned.

Asthma and Respiratory Problems

If you have asthma, you don't take breathing clearly for granted, and it is even more important to your health that you breathe in clean air. Any dust, pollen, dirt, or mold that is released into the air from the dirty ductwork can cause you to have an asthma attack, which can be very dangerous, depending on how severe your asthma is.

Even if you don't have any pre-existing conditions, you can get sick from dirty ducts. In addition to the normal dust, pollen, dirt, and other allergens in dirty ducts, fungi, viruses, and bacteria are present too. These germs travel throughout the space with the warm or cool air and will end up making you sick with a respiratory illness.

As you can see, dirty air ducts are something that you should take seriously. Having your ducts cleaned yearly is usually enough for most spaces and you will find that it is worth the expense to breathe fresher air.