Air duct cleaning services have become popular in recent years with a number of commercial cleaning services popping up in various places. They use blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out both the supply intake and the return ducts. They also thoroughly clean out the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings and coils of the HVAC system.
There are a lot of divergent opinions on whether you should clean your air duct system and if you should, how often should you do it? The larger percentage of people though, agree that cleaning your HVAC system has various benefits to you and your home. Some of these benefits include:
After years of absorbing dust, pet hair, pest and pest waste, and other pollutants, the ductwork will become clogged and this may hinder the HVAC’s system’s airflow. Spiders, rodents and other insects that have built a home in your air ducts also need to be removed.
Cleaning out the dirt and debris from the ductwork will reduce the amount of work that the fans and motors put in to distribute air around your home. This in turn increases the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Dust and mold
In many cases, if you keep dusting and wake up to a layer of dust the same day, it would mean that your HVAC system needs to be cleaned. This is because there is dust that continues to flow through the duct work, which could have been there since the installation of drywall.
Since most HVAC units are located in the basement, they may pick up mold from the wet conditions in there. Mildew and mold could also grow in and around the duct work and requires an anti-microbial to be sprayed all around the system to halt the growth.
Allergies and Asthma
By regularly cleaning the air duct system, you are protecting people from the various allergens that could be circulated, and can trigger attacks in hypersensitive people and asthmatics. Air ducts are an ideal breeding ground for allergens. Removing these allergens, debris and other pollutants from your HVAC system helps improve the air quality. This in turn helps reduce allergens, improve moisture control, and enhance productivity for everyone. While dirty air ducts do not necessarily mean that your home or workplace is unhealthy, it may be contributing to larger heath issues and pumping contaminants throughout.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of energy used in the home or at the office for heating and cooling goes to waste. Even though filters are used, the existence of debris and dirt in the HVAC system make it work harder and therefore spend more energy. Cleaning it leads to better efficiency and subsequently improved cost-effectiveness.
It is clear that cleaning your HVAC system makes a lot of difference in the way your workplace or home operates and even saves you money. However, make sure you only work with professional cleaners to avoid unnecessary messes.