The air ducts in any home play a key role in determining the quality of life, whether the homeowner realizes it or not. Yet because air ducts are largely out of sight, they usually don't receive the regular maintenance and cleaning they need. Whether you're a new homeowner or you have already been in your home for years, take a look below at just three of the most common reasons people choose to have their home's air ducts professionally cleaned.
There are a number of things that influence the air quality in a person's home. The presence of pets, pollen, and smoke (whether from candles or tobacco products) are just a few examples of things that can negatively affect air quality. Unfortunately, an air duct system will normally take pollutants that may otherwise be isolated and circulate them throughout the home. Over time, this can mean that there is an abnormally large number of pollutants in every room. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned on a regular basis is by far the easiest way to avoid this buildup of contaminants.
Just like any other complex machine, a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) uses a substantial amount of energy. While homeowners often fret about how much energy they are using on a monthly or yearly basis, many are not as concerned about how effectively energy is being used. Yet a dirty HVAC system can be far less efficient, meaning that heating and cooling bills can be much more expensive as a result. Because of this, having your air ducts thoroughly cleaned can actually pay for itself in the long run.
Beyond maintaining the best possible air quality and energy efficiency, perhaps the best reason for having your home's air ducts cleaned is the fact that it provides an opportunity for preventative maintenance. An HVAC professional in the process of cleaning a home's air ducts may find that there is a potential problem with the heat exchanger or cooling coil, for example. They may also be able to recommend a time when filters need to be changed. Without this kind of maintenance, you are likely to experience a much larger — and much more expensive — problem sometime in the future.
Whether your primary concern is related to healthy, energy bills, or simply avoiding a major mechanical problem before it happens, there are several reasons why having your air ducts cleaned regularly is a smart decision.
Reach out to an air duct cleaning service to learn more.