Your heating system is a complex piece of machinery, with various components and parts that must work seamlessly together in order for it to perform efficiently and effectively, keeping your home and family comfortable. One of the components of your furnace that you probably don’t think of a whole lot is your ductwork—rather, the network that moves air throughout your home during system operation.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many homeowners neglect their air ducts. After all, they are out of sight so they’re generally “out of mind,” too. Your ductwork generally won’t give off many symptoms that it is in need of repair or professional cleaning, but even if those symptoms aren’t directly noticeable, the fact is that keeping your ductwork health is important to your furnace efficiency as well as your indoor air quality. Read on to learn more!
How Dirty Ducts Impact Your AC Efficiency
Have you ever wondered about the power of professional duct cleaning? For instance, whether or not it would help the efficiency of your furnace? The answer is that yes, it will. The dirt and dust buildup within your ductwork can insulate it, making it harder for an air conditioner to push air through them to its final destination. This makes the system run longer than it should have to in order to try to reach your desired temperature.
So if you want to get the most out of your furnace for the remainder of our cold weather, you want to ensure that your air ducts aren’t obstructing airflow. It’s worth mentioning that duct cleaning is not an annual necessity, like some other HVAC maintenance tasks. Rather, we recommend that you have this service done every few years to enjoy the benefits. You’ll save money and be more comfortable, as a result.
Dirty Ducts and Your Indoor Air Quality
Clean air ducts will help your heater work more efficiently—we’ve established that—but is it good for anything else? Yes, of course! Professional duct cleaning helps improve your indoor air quality. In any given home, the indoor air quality is actually going to be worse than that of outdoors, due to the presence of airborne contaminants and their inability to escape your home because of the tight, energy-efficient construction it has.
Breathing in these contaminants can cause a number of health problems, particularly for individuals who already suffer from allergies and/or asthma. This is exacerbated even more if these contaminants are able to collect in your air ducts and be recirculated through your home. This is the main reason homeowners invest in regular duct cleaning.
If you have any questions about the duct cleaning process or are still unsure if you actually need it, please feel free to contact our team. We’re happy to explain the benefits, such as a better performing furnace and cleaner indoor air. We can also recommend products to further protect your ductwork from potentially harmful contaminants, like a UV air purifier for mold and mildew.