Oddly enough, many homeowners are still unaware that their air ducts need to be professionally cleaned every 3-5 years. Not doing so can result in the excessive buildup of debris, dirt, and allergens. This not only presents a serious health hazard to the entire family, but also can hinder the overall performance and longevity of your heating and cooling system.
Since your air ducts are most likely hidden from plain view, they are not typically a priority or included in your home’s routine maintenance, but they should be. Investing in professional air duct cleaning services can help improve your HVAC performance overall.
Air Duct Cleaning Can Improve HVAC Performance
Your air ducts are the conduits that allow your heating and cooling system to freely blow temperature-controlled air throughout your home. They are a vital part of your HVAC system. If the ducts are dirty due to years of negligence, it slows the flow of air and can result in you paying more in utility costs. Not to mention the damage it does to your HVAC system.
Another problem that can crop up due to lack of proper maintenance on your air ducts, is gaps can start forming in the air duct joints, which lead to leaks. Some sections may start to slope if debris is allowed to collect over the years. The weight can force the seams apart. That means you are allowing for either hot or cool air to escape, again costing you money and putting a strain on your HVAC system.
If your air ducts weren’t properly installed, damaged or dirty, you can expect to have the following problems:
- Poor Air Quality – It is easy to think that your sneezing and sniffles are a result of allergy season or another irritant. However, you may want to consider your air ducts being the culprit. The air is full of dust particles and microscopic allergens. If you have ever changed the filter on your HVAC you would see how easily debris can accumulate. But changing your filter only does so much. If you forego getting your air ducts properly cleaned, the dust, debris, and allergens can pile up inside the air ducts. Ultimately delivering them into every room in your home. This negatively impacts the air that you and your family breathe. Additionally, if the design or installation is flawed, this could result in your air or heating unit to suck in contaminants and allergens from places like your attic.
- Temperature Regulation – Damaged or leaky air ducts allow for conditioned air to slip right out. This makes it nearly impossible to regulate the temperature in your home or business, and could cost you money on your electricity bill if left unrepaired.
- HVAC Workload – Not only do dirty and leaky air ducts increase your utility bill, but it puts an unneeded burden on your heating and cooling system. When there are leaks, your HVAC has to work twice as hard to adequately pump air to parts of your home. The extra workload can significantly shorten the life expectancy of your HVAC system and diminish its efficiency. This could result in having to get your system repaired more frequently. The cost of repairs far outweighs getting your ductwork serviced and cleaned.
IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY
In addition to professional air duct cleaning and routine maintenance, Absolute Airflow offers air quality testing to see what, if any, pollutants or gases are present in your home. Most people are absolutely unaware that they have poor air quality and that it could be impacting their health.
Once we establish the quality of the air in your home, we can then move forward with a plan. Not every case is the same, so naturally, every solution isn’t the same. Pollutants, dust, and particles can provoke allergic reactions in people and even be the cause of chronic breathing problems over the years.
Our Absolute Airflow HVAC professionals will come and inspect your existing air ducts, filters, any structural issues, and signs of damage to pinpoint specific concerns. We will then identify the causes of indoor air pollution and recommend strategies for improving the quality of air inside your home.
BEWARE OF AIR DUCT CLEANING SCAMS!
Unfortunately, there are those out there that aim to defraud or scam homeowners by offering free air quality tests and then collecting payment for the duct cleaning only never to return. There are other companies that don’t contain the debris and pathogens being cleaned out properly, don’t adequately clean them out or check for leaks, which can be a health hazard as well.
It is important that you contact a reputable air duct professional to make sure you’re not only cleaning your ductwork but that your entire HVAC system, including the air ducts, is getting a thorough inspection and tune-up.
Absolute Airflow provides superior Air Duct Cleaning Services to customers throughout Southern California. We also specialize in HVAC repair, service and maintenance. Call us today to find out about our attic insulation services: 888.306.6181