NADCA’s (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons homeowners choose to have their air ducts cleaned.
Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning
Health: Improved duct conditions can result in cleaner air and the removal of dust, mold, and allergens.
Cleaning: The removal of dust from your ducts and your home will require less maintenance and less frequent cleaning.
Equipment Life: Excess buildup in ducts forces you’re A/C system to work harder than it was intended to. Consequently, it runs a higher risk of being broken down.
Money: Your equipment will operate less efficiently if it is dirty. A duct cleaning will help equipment operate as efficiently as possible, and it will cost much less money to operate on a daily basis.
Indoor Air Quality: Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home; the system takes air in and breathes air out.
Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated five to seven times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a buildup of contaminants in the duct work.
While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school, or workplace, 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 environmental allergies.
Energy Savings: 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. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that removing even four-tenths of an inch of dust from cooling system coils will reduce energy usage by up to twenty one percent. This can save you considerable money on your utility bill.