The ducts that make up a home’s ventilation system pick up dust, lint, dander, and various other particles over time. After a year, a thin layer of debris will already be clinging to the ductwork walls. After a few more years, this build-up can be substantial enough that it will have a negative effect on the performance of the heating and cooling system. Getting rid of this accumulation in the ducts requires professionals with special equipment.
You might think that duct cleaning isn’t that important, but there are a number of benefits to having it done every few years:
- Improved energy efficiency: Even the first layer of dust along the interior of ductwork creates resistance against airflow. When the layers of dust and lint become thicker, the resistance will be enough to harm the efficiency of the AC and heater and cause a noticeable rise in energy bills. Regular duct cleaning will help cut down on utility bills around the year.
- Better indoor air quality: Ducts form reservoirs for all kinds of airborne pollutants, from common dust to harmful dust mites. Whenever the HVAC system blower turns on, it blasts out large amounts of these pollutants from the ducts and into the rooms of the house, lowering the air quality. If the ducts are kept clean, the amount of airborne pollutants in a home will drop, helping everyone inside to enjoy a healthier environment.
- Longer-lived equipment: The build-up of dust and debris inside ductwork may cause damage to the heating and air conditioning system that shortens their service lives. Motors are more likely to burn out, and evaporator coils develop ice along them when there’s excessive dust inside the ducts.
If your home hasn’t had duct cleaning done in more than three years—or if it’s never had duct cleaning at all—contact our HVAC specialists as soon as possible and schedule a complete professional cleaning.
Red Rock Mechanical LLC has served Burlington, VT and the surrounding areas for more than 23 years.