According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association an average home collects as much as 40 pounds of dust, dirt and allergens in a year. This can be alarming given that those little dust bunnies contain about 40,000 dust mites and a host of unhealthy bacteria, mold and fungi.
Many of us spend most our time indoors, breathing air that is confined within a cooling and heating system. It may surprise you to know the degree of contaminants we are exposed to inside our homes. Studies reveal that indoor air may be 70 times more polluted than outside. This is especially true if your air ducts have never been cleaned before.
Air duct cleaning provides several benefits to homeowners. Here are some of them.
A build up in your ductwork can decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system. Contaminants in the cooling and heating system push it to work harder, causing it to use 25 to 40% more energy than usual.
Removing dirt and debris increases the efficiency of the system; thus, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.
Indoor air quality
Duct cleaning has never been shown to actually prevent health problems, but some people are more sensitive to airborne dust. Children, elderly and those who are suffering from asthma are more likely to be affected by polluted air.
If someone in your family is suffering from asthma or allergy, you might want to consider having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts checked and cleaned at least once a year can save your home from allergens.
Improve system performance
Most homeowners have their HVAC system serviced because it is not meeting their expectations. When sudden changes occur, they assume that there is a problem with the system. It turns out that the air ducts just need to be cleaned.
Air duct cleaning can be beneficial, but it’s even more important to have your air filters changed on a regular basis.