If you’re like the typical homeowner, you probably don’t know a whole lot about the air ducts running their way through your home. And this makes sense! After all, your ductwork is mostly hidden from view for a reason! You shouldn’t really need to think about the condition of ductwork too much; however, every now and then they need attention.
We don’t expect you to know all the ins and outs of your air ducts, but there are definitely a few things you should know about the impact that dirty ducts can have on your indoor air quality, and therefore your home.
Professional duct cleaning from a qualified team, like ours, is an excellent idea if you’re looking to not only improve your indoor air quality but help your HVAC systems perform more efficiently. Read on to learn more about why this is the case.
The Impact of Duct Cleaning On Your Indoor Air Quality
The primary reason that many folks have professional duct cleaning done is in order to improve the quality of their indoor air. Without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors.
True, your HVAC systems both have their own air filter. But this air filter is replaced at the return duct and is meant to protect the interior components of your HVAC system like the evaporator coil, fans, and so forth. This doesn’t account for the large amount of ductwork snaking its way through your home.
Over time, this ductwork can accumulate pinhole leaks and small tears due to natural wear and tear. Although this is somewhat expected, it needs to be repaired for your HVAC efficiency, and it can also allow debris inside. This debris may include allergens like dust and pollen, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), household cleaning fumes, pet dander, and more… and it can all make its way back into your home through your vents.
After you have your ducts professionally sealed or repaired, duct cleaning allows our technicians to comprehensively rid the air ducts of debris, to improve your overall indoor air quality.
The Impact of Duct Cleaning on HVAC Performance
All the dirt and debris that may be resting in your ductwork as you read this could very well be interfering with the performance of your air conditioner and heating systems. The most efficient HVAC systems cool or heat the air, blowing it back into the rooms of your home via your air ducts, with little resistance. Dust, dirt, and other debris create airflow resistance, which ultimately means you could be paying more to use your systems than necessary.
When you have low airflow, you tend to try to adjust your thermostat to compensate. This just makes your air conditioner or heater run longer, without really helping you achieve much comfort. This is why it’s so inefficient!