Thinking of having your air ducts cleaned? Or wondering if you even should? As you prepare for cooler temperatures and more time spent indoors, having your ducts cleaned and inspected by a qualified technician is an important part of fall home maintenance.
Your air duct system can be a significant source of contamination, likely covered in layers of debris, pollen, dust, fungi and pet dander. Cleaning it is important, especially for homeowners with pets, smokers or allergy sufferers.
So how do you know if it’s time to clean your system? According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), a general rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are.” Clean air ducts can provide many benefits for homeowners. Here are some of NADCA’s top reasons to schedule a cleaning now:
Indoor Air Quality
In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Yes … up to 40 pounds!
We generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants just from normal living, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. So if you think of your heating and cooling system as the “lungs” of your home – taking in and breathing out air – you can imagine these contaminants being pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated an average of 5 to 7 times per day. Over time, a build-up of contaminates in the duct work can take place as a result of this re-circulation.
While dirty ducts in your home don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.
In addition to cleaning your air ducts, it’s also important to do the necessary maintenance on your heating and cooling systems including changing your filters on a regular basis. Adding a high efficiency media filter and ultraviolet air purifier to your home’s ventilation system can also improve your indoor air.
We Can Help
To schedule your duct cleaning in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Anderson and surrounding areas, contact Action Air today at 317-585-8981.
This article was written by Action Air